Parents' Guide to

The Knick

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Historical medical drama is violent, graphic, and complex.

TV Cinemax Drama 2014
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The Knick, which is loosely inspired by the original Harlem Knickerbocker hospital of the 1800s, offers an intense portrayal of New York's medical establishment in the early 20th century, which was taxed by waves of poor immigrants, unrestrained disease due to squalid living conditions, rampant corruption, and the religious and social values of the time. It also highlights how some of the challenges faced by hospitals back then, including rising healthcare costs, and the behind-the-scenes administrative politics, are no different from the challenges the medical establishment faces today.

The show's graphic content makes it difficult to watch, but its narratives, which weave medical procedure and practice with the personal stories of the hospital staff, are well-crafted. The multifaceted characters, ranging from Dr. Thackery to folks like Sister Harriet (Cara Seymour), and ambulance driver Tom Cleary (Chris Sullivan), also adds to the show's complexity. It's not for everyone, but if you like well-produced historic fiction (and have a strong stomach), it is worth the watch.

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