Watching: If You Want a Meaty Drama

«The Knick» is now streaming on HBO Max.

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By Margaret Lyons

Television Critic

The Golden Globes are Sunday, and if you’d like to know more about why so many people hold this awards show in such low regard, this Los Angeles Times piece about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is a good starting place.

Have a safe and easy week.


I like shows where people spit blood

Clive Owen in a relatively non-gruesome scene from “The Knick.”Mary Cybulski/HBO

‘The Knick’

When to watch: Now, on HBO Max.

There are only two seasons of this historical medical drama, but it crams plenty of sorrow and resentment into its 20 episodes. Clive Owen stars as John Thackery, a pioneering surgeon in 1900 who, in the great tradition of TV doctors, could himself use some healing. Instead, he’s really into using cocaine. A lot of “The Knick” has familiar hospital-show ideas — some folks are too cocky for their own dang good, and man, a lot sure happens right here in the building — but its rhythms are more those of an antihero drama.


Steven Soderbergh directed all of “The Knick,” and that’s a huge part of its draw; it’s as if the show itself were concentrating. There’s a lot of blood and guts, so it’s not for the squeamish, and it’s pretty horny, so it’s not for prudish. But if you like period shows, are considering getting ankle boots or are just craving a meaty drama, watch this.

Uh, wow, no, I want the opposite of that

Matt McCooey, left, and Ashley Jensen in “Agatha Raisin.”Acorn TV

‘Agatha Raisin’

When to watch: Now, on Acorn TV.

If bleak drama is not your vibe at the moment, try this quirky mystery series that’s light and fun and has punchy costumes. Ashley Jensen stars as Agatha, a publicist in London who becomes an amateur detective. Think “Psych” in terms of easy-breeziness and not “gimme a whiskey and hear my tale of woe” like a lot of crime-solving shows. There are only 16 episodes, so watch slowly.


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Also this week

A scene from “Superman & Lois.”Dean Buscher/The CW
  • For people whose superhero needs are not currently being met, “Superman & Lois” premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. on the CW.
  • In the vein of “The Dog Whisperer” and “My Cat From Hell” comes “Canine Intervention,” about badly trained dogs, which arrives on Netflix Wednesday.
  • The revival of “Design Star,” “Design Star: Next Gen,” starts Wednesday on Discovery+ and airs at 9 p.m. on HGTV.
  • Season 4 of “Snowfall” premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX.


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