Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz gives his definition of cinematic television and explains why he feels The Knick is one of TV's most imaginitively directed series on television.
He writes, "[Well-directed TV is] a matter of judgment and discernment, of having a vision as well as a plan, making particular choices for particular reasons, and letting those choices guide how a scene is shot. Who is the scene about? What is the scene about? And how can the direction (and editing and music and cinematography) reinforce this, overtly or subtly, in ways that go beyond simply pointing lots of cameras at a room full of actors and cutting among them as they talk?