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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 Worst Episodes of The Circus

The Circus - S1E12

#1 - On Wisconsin

6.97

Season 1 - Episode 12

Ahead of a Wisconsin showdown the candidates crisscross the state in pursuit of competing agendas. Can Kasich, Cruz or Sanders secure their position as spoilers - or will Clinton and Trump finally be crowned their party's Big Cheese?

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Circus from 33 votes.

The Circus - S1E13

#2 - Circus Recap

7.00

Season 1 - Episode 13

From the early primary battles to the Super Tuesday showdown and beyond, pull back the curtain on the 2016 presidential race with Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon - and catch up on the electrifying first twelve weeks.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Circus from 11 votes.

The Circus - S1E7

#3 - Confidence Game

7.20

Season 1 - Episode 7

With the field narrowed down to The Big Five, the campaigns spread their game across the country and play to their strengths - with eyes squarely focused on the all-important upcoming prize: Super Tuesday.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Circus from 25 votes.

The Circus - S1E23

#4 - From Russia With Love

7.26

Season 1 - Episode 23

Clinton faces the scandal of her highly sensitive, private emails being made public on WikiLeaks, amid claims of foreign hacking and intervention and international espionage of the 2016 election.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Circus from 34 votes.

The Circus - S1E11

#5 - Home And Abroad

7.33

Season 1 - Episode 11

Foreign policy comes to the fore as the political climate grows fiery in the wake of the attacks in Brussels. As Trump and Clinton prepare to square off, can either of them prove their presidential mettle in handling the heat?

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Circus from 36 votes.

The Circus - S1E16

#6 - The Trump Show

7.34

Season 1 - Episode 16

The political circus goes into overdrive as Trump is crowned the Republican nominee - and Melania, controversially, speaks! Capitalizing on his children to help humanize his image, can Trump plus Pence finally rally a unified party?

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Circus from 53 votes.

The Circus - S1E4

#7 - The Big Mo

7.35

Season 1 - Episode 4

The fourth episode goes inside the Iowa fallout and the momentum leading into New Hampshire's primary. Who¿s got it? Who doesn't? And how can the Clinton and Trump campaigns pick up the pace to beat back the surge of Sanders and Cruz?

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Circus from 43 votes.

The Circus - S1E15

#8 - Veepstakes

7.38

Season 1 - Episode 15

No president is complete without a veep. As Trump auditions Chris Christie, Mike Pence and Newt Gingrich and Clinton considers Tim Kaine, can the candidates find the right-hand man for the job who will make, not break, their campaign?

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Circus from 37 votes.

The Circus - S4E10

#9 - Across the Rubicon

7.39

Season 4 - Episode 10

The launch of the official impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. As news roils the capital and the entire nation, the hosts track down Democratic congressional leaders, members of the House Intelligence Committee, and prominent Republicans in a momentous week for both sides of the political aisle.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Circus from 38 votes.

The Circus - S5E12

#10 - Law and Disorder

7.40

Season 5 - Episode 12

The Circus travels to Kenosha, Wisconsin, the site of a week of civil unrest after the shooting of Jacob Blake. President Trump attempts to redefine the struggle for racial justice into a political choice between Black and Blue lives with his visit. And kicking off his campaign travel, Joe Biden faces the challenge of satisfying all wings of the Democratic party while condemning looting & violence. Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes joins Alex Wagner to speak on police reform and his states' response to protests.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Circus from 30 votes.

The Circus - S1E3
#11 - Tension City
7.40
Season 1 - Episode 3

This episode follows the angst and drama leading up to the Iowa caucuses, with a showdown brewing between Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton and the GOP's first real test of outsider candidates versus the establishment.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Circus from 62 votes.

The Circus - S1E5
#12 - The Winnowing
7.41
Season 1 - Episode 5

From the electric jolt of New Hampshire to the hard truths coming up in South Carolina and Nevada. Trump tastes victory, Kasich picks up momentum - and Bush faces the prospect of an impending do-or-die reality.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Circus from 37 votes.

The Circus - S1E8
#13 - The Reckoning
7.42
Season 1 - Episode 8

With big wins for the frontrunners on Super Tuesday the rest of candidates are reckoning with the results. But the biggest story of all might be one both Democratic and Republican establishments can agree on: how do they stop Trump?

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Circus from 36 votes.

#14 - Nobody F... Knows
7.43
Season 1 - Episode 25

Polls predict the differing outcomes; both campaigns make a case in "far-fetched battlegrounds"; to most, the race is either up for grabs or already decided.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Circus from 44 votes.

#15 - What Happens in Vegas
7.44
Season 5 - Episode 5

All eyes have turned to Nevada and its Democratic caucus. Bernie Sanders has the chance to cement his frontrunner status with a strong showing, and the other candidates are looking for opportunities to challenge him. The arrival of Michael Bloomberg on the debate stage shakes things up, with every candidate seeking to take on his controversial campaign. And with the memory of the botched Iowa caucus still fresh, Tom Perez, the president of the Democratic National Committee, is on the ground in Nevada to make sure this caucus runs smoothly.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Circus from 32 votes.

The Circus - S1E17
#16 - In the Arena
7.45
Season 1 - Episode 17

The jeers and boos of Sanders diehards ring out in Philadelphia, before the Democrats at last make Hillary a historic nominee. But is shattering a glass ceiling enough for Clinton and Kaine to unite the party into a winning coalition?

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Circus from 33 votes.

#17 - The Deep State
7.45
Season 4 - Episode 14

The Circus does a deep dive into the longtime federal government agencies and bureaucrats involved in Congress’ ongoing impeachment inquiry, otherwise dubbed by President Trump as the "deep state.”

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Circus from 33 votes.

The Circus - S1E10
#18 - High Hopes
7.46
Season 1 - Episode 10

While Rubio gets trumped in Florida, the rest of the candidates remain cautiously optimistic. But are high hopes what they need to pull off a win and secure the nomination - or are they just delusional?

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Circus from 35 votes.

The Circus - S2E7
#19 - Learning Curve
7.46
Season 2 - Episode 7

What has President Trump learned from his first 100 days in office? As Congress reconvenes, Mark McKinnon and John Heilemann head to Capitol Hill to find out. Mark Halperin is in New York City to get Wall Street’s perspective.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Circus from 52 votes.

The Circus - S2E5
#20 - Recess Reset
7.47
Season 2 - Episode 5

Congress may be in recess but Mark Halperin is on the job, covering the White House and the Syria fallout. John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon hit the road to see what Americans think about how President Trump is handling the situation.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Circus from 55 votes.

Last updated: mar 01, 2021

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