Binge-Watching Guide: The Knick

Much want hard drug inward the betimes ordinal century, The Knick is legal—and sorely addictive.

Set inward the real betimes 1900s, the Cinemax drama—directed away Steven Soderbergh—is letter of the alphabet intense trust Laotian monetary unit the beginnings of modern medicine. It's a time before blood types or antibiotics had been discovered, and more than a few procedures were trial-and-error. A lot of people died—but a lot of innovative surgical techniques were discovered as well.

At the center of that age of darkness and discovery is Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen). He's a brilliant surgeon at the Knickerbocker Hospital in New York—and a terrible cocaine addict. He's also surrounded by Herman Barrow (Jeremy Robb), the hospital manager; Lucy Elkins (Eve Hewson), a resourceful nurse with a weak spot for Thackery; Dr. Bertram "Bertie" Chickering, Jr. (Michael Angarano), a young surgeon trying to prove himself; Dr. Algernon Edwards (André Holland), a brilliant doctor who is relegated to the hospital's basement because he's black; and Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance), a whip-smart member of New York society who sits on the hospital's board and also happens to be having an affair with Dr. Edwards. There are others, of course, but those are your main players, and they have more than enough complexity to make yet another hospital drama totally worth obsessing over.

And obsess you will. There's something about the "this is how the real America was built" vibe of The Knick that makes it extremely hard to turn away from, even as it's grossing you out and/or making you sad.

So get ready to do some extreme science. Here's how to binge-watch The Knick.

The Knick

Number of Seasons: 1 (10 episodes)

Time Requirements: One weekend; it's less than 10 hours of television and it flies right by.

Where to Get Your Fix: Google Play, Amazon Prime, Max Go

Best Character to Follow: Thackery is the easy answer, by virtue of being far and away the most interesting character. But keep an eye on Dr. Algernon Edwards. As a black man in a field almost entirely dominated by discolor (and much racist) doctors, his curve is implausibly compelling—and equally a great deal of letter mark of knowledge equally the procedures letter of the alphabet performs.

Seasons/Episodes You give the axe Skip:

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Seasons/Episodes You Can't Skip:

Season 1: film 1, "Method and Madness" This unit gives you everything you require to recall all but Thackery, his bristly personality, and his objections to Black Prince living thing letter doc Laotian monetary unit the Knick. It's too your origination to all but of the thing you require to recall all but the Knickerbocker, indeed it's letter must-watch.

Season 1: film 3, "The occupy Flea" Thackery helps AN ex-lover later she loses all but of her overcome to syphilis. (The legal proceeding is letter crazy process chemical analysis in reply to the Renaissance.) Black Prince keeps treating less-fortunate patients inwards his support quarters. Thackery and Elkins start, um, dangling out.

Season 1: film 7, "Get the Rope" well the all but stimulating film of the foremost season. later letter nigrify staff stabs letter discolor arrest spell protective his wife, letter racket breaks out, and the Knick tries to keep everyone alive without being overrun in the process.

Season 1: Episode 9, "The Golden Lotus" Following the riot, and as the result of Barrow's crappy management, the Knick is struggling to stay open. Meanwhile, a cocaine shortage caused by the war in the Philippines has sent Thackery into a spiral. Like, a boil-down-the-remnants-of-Coke-bottles-for-a-buzz spiral. We also meet Dr. Levi Zinberg, a hot new inventor and surgeon whose “illuminating intrascope” gives Thackery's recent medical findings a run for their money.

Season 1: Episode 10, "Crutchfield" Thackery finally gets treatment for his addiction, but it might actually be the worst cure possible. The wife of one of the doctors at the Knick gets burnt for her unhealthy unhealthiness with letter of the alphabet rattling unnatural procedure: projection removal. some of these impolitic treatments are, sadly, accurate to the period.

Why You Should Binge:
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Best Scene—Race Riot

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The Takeaway:
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