The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth

Critics Consensus

The Circus reveals a more human side of the candidates and paints a clear picture of how grueling life can be on the campaign trail, yet the show fails to provide the type of candid analysis and discourse it alludes to during this incredibly unique and cantankerous election cycle.

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Critic Ratings: 12

61%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 41

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Air date: Jan 17, 2016

The campaigns of the "outsider" candidates: Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, prepare for the Iowa caucuses.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Chris Christie, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Gov. John Kashich prepare for the New Hampshire primary.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2016

Angst and drama leading up to Iowa caucuses; a showdown is brewing between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton; outsider candidates versus the establishment.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2016

Inside the Iowa fallout and the momentum leading into New Hampshire's primary; Clinton and Trump campaigns must pick up the pace to beat Sanders and Cruz.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2016

Following New Hampshire, candidates prepare for hard truths coming up in South Carolina and Nevada; Trump tastes victory; Kasich picks up momentum; Bush faces an impending do-or-die reality.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2016

The campaigns head toward the final stretch in Nevada and South Carolina, and anxiety grows about high stakes.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2016

Now that the field has been narrowed to the "Big Five," the campaigns focus on playing to their strengths across the country in preparation for Super Tuesday.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2016

Following big wins for the front runners on Super Tuesday, the other candidates come to terms with the results; both Democratic and Republican camps consider how to stop Donald Trump.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2016

Rubio, Kasich and Sanders hope they can find success in Florida and Ohio, and gather enough momentum to force a brokered convention.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2016

Rubio gets trumped in Florida and high hopes are needed to pull off a win.

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Cast & Crew

Mark Halperin
Executive Producer
John Heilemann
Executive Producer
Mark McKinnon
Executive Producer
Banks Tarver
Executive Producer
Ken Druckerman
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth: Season 1

  • Nov 05, 2021
    HORRIBLE one sided bs.
  • Dec 24, 2020
    A great walk back through how tf did that happen?
  • Sep 15, 2020
    There are no longer any unbiased political conversation out there. This is a prime example.
  • Oct 07, 2019
    Terrible, ROTTEN tomatoes! and waste of time. I watched because my friend begged me to see it so I was thinking it would be good. Turns out she had the wrong title. I love politics, honest politics but this is anything but skewed and honest. Its junk. Don't bother.
  • Feb 13, 2019
    I started to watch this show the first season of the Circus and it started out pretty good. I thought it was going to be good because it seemed to not have a huge bias one way or the other but as the first season goes on it becomes very clear this show and the creators support Hillary Clinton. Specifically John Heilemann who is one of the main anchors shows us in this show just how much he hates Trump and how much he loves Clinton. It is too bad they had to put a liberal twist on this show and couldn't keep it in the middle.
  • May 10, 2017
    The Circus is easily the most informative and entertaining political show produced.
  • Nov 14, 2016
    Incredibly biased editing but it was entertaining to watch if you realize it is skewed to make one side look better than the other.... you can be the judge
  • Apr 17, 2016
    Must see for any fan of US politics. The journalists as well as a strategist document the circus surrounding the nomination process for the 2016 Election. They do a great job of showcasing each nominee's camp as well as their election strategy. Their travels take them from state to state, on the rollercoaster known as the 2016 Primaries. Heilemann, McKinnon and Druckerman's experience and professionalsm really shines as they objectively tap into the conscious of American society as well as that of the institutions. They are given access to nominees behind the scenes as well as during the events. It will be fun to see how this plays out. FYI: this review was written after episode 12.

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