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The Circus

The Circus

Showtime 2016

Come one, come all to The Circus. This real-time documentary series pulls back the curtain on the current political stories, revealing the intense, inspiring and infuriating stories behind the headlines. Key characters and events are presented in real time, as they are happening.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Circus

The Circus - S3E5

#1 - War and Peace


Season 3 - Episode 5

The gloves are off as Donald Trump fights a 360-degree battle to keep the presidency; he is taking shots at those who stand to threaten it and is at war against the deep state of the FBI, CIA, and the Department of Justice.

The episode was rated from 29 votes.

The Circus - S6E1

#2 - Raining Chaos


Season 6 - Episode 1

In an extended season premiere, The Circus attempts to make sense of a country reeling from the grave implications of a Capitol siege.

The episode was rated from 35 votes.

The Circus - S3E9

#3 - Judgment Day


Season 3 - Episode 9

The focus remains tightly on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court; for much of the week, John Heilemann is embedded with attorney Michael Avenatti, who may just have the most explosive revelations of all.

The episode was rated from 35 votes.

The Circus - S3E14

#4 - A Place Called Fear


Season 3 - Episode 14

With the midterm elections only days away, The Circus travels to rallies and campaign stops around the country to find out how both sides are pulling out all the stops to win these all-important races.

The episode was rated from 25 votes.

The Circus - S5E21

#5 - Who The F*** Are We?


Season 5 - Episode 21

As election night passes with many a ballot remaining uncounted, The Circus wraps up an unhinged election season with a special one-hour look at how the 2020 race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has evolved. With results permeating into the days following, the hosts are on the ground in every key battleground state offering a unique perspective of how the Presidential race is playing out. Season finale.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.

The Circus - S5E18
#6 - Steal This Election
Season 5 - Episode 18

The Circus dives into voting integrity, specifically issues concerning election day disputes, voter suppression and re-election rhetoric from the President himself. Eager to stave off fears of negative polling numbers, Trump is hot on the campaign trail, despite his recent COVID-19 diagnosis. Among a myriad of perspectives, Mark McKinnon speaks with ACLU Director Andre Segura in Texas, where Republican officials are limiting mail-in voting. And Alex Wagner talks to a militia leader in Michigan about his view on the necessity of poll-watchers.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.
The Circus - S5E16
#7 - October Surprise
Season 5 - Episode 16

The Circus covers the fiery first debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Jen Palmieri explores Trump's aggressive debate strategy, swapping war stories with Philippe Reines, a member of the Clinton 2016 debate prep team. John Heilemann spends debate night with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. Alex Wagner and Mark McKinnon are on the ground in Cleveland gauging public reactions to the debate, as all the hosts react to the seismic news that President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
The Circus - S6E2
#8 - Clear and Present Danger
Season 6 - Episode 2

At the brink of an historic second impeachment, The Circus delves into the last week in office of a furious, de-platformed President Trump. With last week’s Capitol violence ever relevant, the question remains: will this be a decisive moment for our nation?

The episode was rated from 31 votes.
The Circus - S5E11
#9 - Party of One
Season 5 - Episode 11

The Circus is in the thick of the Republic National Convention in D.C., covering speakers, key speeches and the subsequent public reaction. Among other steady Trump confidants, Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz preview the race ahead and break down President Trump's appeal to swing voters. Can Republicans offer a winning perspective on "law & order" in response to national rallies over recent police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin?

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
The Circus - S3E13
#10 - Black and White
Season 3 - Episode 13

As undertones of racial politics make news, "The Circus" travels to Florida and Georgia, following two historic gubernatorial races with African-American candidates.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.

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