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‘The Knick’ deserves a binge, and (maybe) a spinoff

Andre Holland and Clive Owen in "The Knick."
Andre Holland and Clive Owen in "The Knick."Mary Cybulski/Cinemax

I’m a big fan of the two-season drama “The Knick,” which aired on Cinemax from 2014-15. It stars Clive Owen as a troubled, drug-addicted surgeon in New York City in 1900, in the primitive days when surgery sometimes involved a doctor — without gloves — sticking his arm into the guts of some poor patient.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the under-acknowledged series portrays the emotional toll that all the pioneering medical work takes on Owen’s workaholic. It also follows Andre Holland’s new doctor, who tries to help sick Black people while facing the racism of the hospital powers that be. The show, with its transporting realism, is only for viewers who don’t require warm and fuzzies in their hospital stories.


Two bits of good news. “The Knick,” along with fellow Cinemax drama “Banshee,” will be available to stream on HBO Max beginning Saturday. There’s a binge idea!

And the show, which was canceled way too soon, may become the proud parent of a spinoff, one that will focus on Holland’s character, Dr. Algernon C. Edwards. That project, still unofficial, will include input from “The Knick” creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, as well as Holland and Barry Jenkins. I’m hoping it materializes.

Andre Holland, pictured in "The Knick," may star in a spinoff series.
Andre Holland, pictured in "The Knick," may star in a spinoff series.Mary Cybulski

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at matthew.gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.