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The Oddities of Cinemax’s “The Knick”

By Jacob Klein on Jul 30, 2014 to The Knick

If you haven’t already heard about the upcoming new drama series coming to Cinemax this fall grab your TV calendars and get ready to jump onto the hype train.

New York City, 1900: The Knickerbocker Hospital is home to groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who pushthe boundaries of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The newly appointed leader of the surgery staff is the brilliant, arrogant renegade Dr. John Thackery, whose addiction to cocaine and opium is trumped only by his ambition for medical discovery and renown among his peers.

Into the all-white staff and patient hospital comes the equally gifted Harvard  graduate Dr. Algernon Edwards (Clive Owen), who must fight for respect while trying to navigate the racially charged city.

Trying to maintain its reputation for quality care while realizing a profit, the Knickerbocker makes an effort to attract wealthy clientele, while literally struggling to keep the lights on.

Sound like a winner?  Looks like the HBO team is lending some of their magic to their sister network on this one!  Cinemax was kind enough to send HBOWatch this care package in promotion of the show. This also included the first episode of the series in advance so we’ll have a full review of that up soon as well. If you’re hungry for more info check out the official website over at

Take a look at the masterfully crafted custom doctor’s pack Cinemax has been sending out to fans like us:


Everything a doctor could need… in 1900:



The “blood stains” are actually photos from the show:


The coolest USB drive you’ll ever see:

My formal hiring letter as a doctor at Knickerbocker Hospital:


Are you ready for this?  The Knick premieres on HBO’s sister station CINEMAX at 9PM on August 8th.  Be there.  We’ll be covering the show periodically and be sure to check back this weekend for my full review of the first episode in advance. We won’t spoil it for you there but we’ll give you a good idea of what you’ll be in for as Cinemax ramps up their original programming.

Here’s the trailer to get you hooked:

  • slashpot

    I’ve seen 4 episodes now, and it’s the best! I loved Boardwalk, but, impossible as it seems, ‘The Knick’ is better! It’s the beginning of surgical and medical practice as we know it. Its also the early days of New York City, a la “The gangs of New York. It’s huge, brilliantly acted & masterfully produced by Soderbergh. Do yourselves a favour!

  • Jef Dinsmore

    It looks like a pretty cool kit and a real interesting show. It is a shame that HBO doesn’t have THE KNICK. I’d trade THE LEFTOVERS for it.

    • Haha well Im not sure yet since I haven’t seen it (ill let you know this weekend!) I just wish they would have sent out awesome promo stuff for The Leftovers. They seem to do it with NEW series. Maybe next season.

    • Jojocotto

      Great call Jef. The Knick has pedigree and star power. Leftovers has…I don’t know i’m not interested in the show at all but I guess it has something? There’s a way to deal with depressing material without trying to punish the viewer (Six Feet Under).

    • Eleonora Iafano

      Jef, I agree!!

  • Dee

    OMG, I love this!

  • Eleonora Iafano

    Jacob! !!!! How can I get a package like that?! I love it, especially the USB stick.

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