There are three things that hit you fast when you watch The Knick, a new Cinemax miniseries directed by Steven Soderbergh. First, Clive Owen has an era-appropriate but annoying mustache. Second, the electronic, intermittently pulsing music is anachronistic – and yet it works (and is arguably the most memorable TV soundtrack since Game of Thrones). And finally, surgeries without gloves are really gross to watch even when fictional. While it would have been dangerous to be a patient at the Knickerbocker (more familiarly known as the Knick in the show), it’s entertaining and informative to watch the shenanigans of early 20th century medicine.
I recently finished the “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon on FXX. No, I did not watch all 522 episodes of 25 seasons and stay up for 11 days, but it was on standby in my house over the last couple weeks. That is, when the tv was on, it was playing The Simpsons.