Episode 1



Critic Consensus: Thanks largely to Steven Soderbergh's confident directorial hand, The Knick's series premiere is a polished piece of period entertainment, even if it isn't groundbreaking television.

Episode Info

Steven Soderbergh directs Clive Owen in this new medical drama set in 1900. Strong language, nudity and scenes of surgery from the outset.


Clive Owen
as Dr. John W. Thackery
André Holland
as Dr. Algernon Edwards
Eve Hewson
as Lucy Elkins
Jeremy Bobb
as Herman Barrow
Juliet Rylance
as Cornelia Robertson
Michael Angarano
as Dr. Bertram "Bertie" Chickering Jr.
Cara Seymour
as Sister Harriet
Eric Johnson
as Dr. Everett Gallinger
David Fierro
as Jacob Speight
Maya Kazan
as Eleanor Gallinger
Grainger Hines
as Capt. August Robertson
Matt Frewer
as Dr. J.M. Christiansen
Leon Addison Brown
as Jesse Edwards
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Critic Reviews for Episode 1

After seeing the mad doctor at work, Edwards refuses to resign, saying "I'm not leaving this circus until I learn everything you have to teach." He might as well be speaking for the viewers.

Jun 6, 2018 | Full Review…

So right away we've got hookers and drug use, and as this a medical show set in the year 1900 in New York City, we now know that this man is basically going to be Dr. House with worse instruments and nicer outfits. And ether.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

One episode in, The Knick may indeed feel like something key is already missing, or has yet to be revealed. It is, however, nothing if not illuminating.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…

The series' overwhelming sense of purpose is matched by the sense of discovery and advancement seen later in the episode.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…

You're in the assured hands of some of the best storytellers in the business. Trust in them, and you'll have much to applaud at the end of this first hour.

Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 9.6/10 | Full Review…

With Soderbergh at the wheel, The Knick is gorgeously crafted.

Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Next to Soderbergh's direction, the music is an element of this promising new series that is pretty much above reproach.

Oct 1, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Edwards-who, after the being chided by Thackery during his first operation, chooses to stay at the Knick-pretty much sums it up: "I'm not leaving this circus until I learn everything you have to teach."

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…

The Knick seduces in three parts: first that modern composition, then the music, and finally the first action sequence.

Oct 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Many viewers will enjoy The Knick for its combination of high polish, courtesy of Mr. Soderbergh, and historical interest. And there's no reason not to, as long as those virtues distract you sufficiently from the very ordinary and familiar hospital-drama.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…