• 2005
  • TV Show
  • None

A behind-the-scenes look at the circus from the perspective of the performers as they travel together and work to create a magical experience for their audiences.

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Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth
From the Iowa caucuses through the election itself, THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH captures the human rollercoaster of the 20 (more…)
Preview: Spirit of the Big Apple
01:58 — A glimpse of the can-do spirit that not only inspires circus artists to attempt amazing feats of artistry and bravery in the ring each day, but also i (more…)
Performance: Cloud Swing
01:18 — Watch solo trapeze artist Regina Dobrovitskayas' perform her aerial acrobatics.
Growing Up Circus
03:04 — The traveling circus is a family business and kids are as common a site on the lot as clowns. Circus kids know that they live in a unique world and of (more…)
Meet Jake and Marty LaSalle
00:58 — Jake and Marty LaSalle are one of the top juggling acts in the world. They talk about the time and dedication it took to develop their skills and what (more…)
Preview: Load In Girls
02:05 — The crew are the backbone of the circus. Taking down the tent and setting it up in each location, they literally move the circus. Like so many who ran (more…)
Meet Michael LeClaire
04:28 — Big Apple Circus Tent Master Michael LeClaire loves taking care of the Big Top. For him, it's more than a job; it's a lifestyle and a passion. Michael (more…)
Christmas at the Circus
04:45 — The entire company of Big Apple Circus comes together to celebrate the holidays, with dinner in the ring, a visit from Santa Clause, and a special mus (more…)
Olivier Becomes the Mannequin
02:00 — Watch Belgian mime, Olivier Taquin, transform into the mannequin for his circus act, Les Freres Taquins.
Down the Road
53:11 — Amid the final performances, we hear about everyone's plans for the future. Many will be leaving Big Apple Circus. Some have consciously chosen a dif (more…)
Meet Steve Smith
01:00 — The Big Apple's guest director takes his work seriously -- but not himself. He talks about why he loves the circus.
First of May
53:41 — Walden, New York is home base of the Big Apple Circus. Here, the 150 members of the company gather from all over the country and the world to put tog (more…)
Tent Raising
01:33 — Watch a timelapse video of the Big Apple Circus tent going up.
Preview: Welcome to the Circus
02:35 — Join PBS on an unforgettable trip with the legendary Big Apple Circus. Meet the diverse characters who make up the Big Apple family. Get an intimate l (more…)
Performance: Luciano's Pound Puppies
00:58 — Watch the puppies run the show in this frantic, hilarious act.
Performance: Les Freres Taquins
01:00 — Watch an excerpt from Olivier Taquin's performance as the mannequin that comes alive.
Circus Potluck
03:13 — Everyone is still getting to know each other in the first few weeks of Walden. And what better way to break the ice than a company-wide potluck, where (more…)
The Heart of a Clown
02:53 — There are many notions and misperceptions about clowns, when in fact, they are characters with a depth beyond the makeup or wig they put on. Find out (more…)
Circus Kids
02:11 — The circus world is a family affair and kids are as familiar a sight on the lot as trailers and tents. Some of the Big Apple kids (and adults) tell us (more…)
The Creation of Olympia
03:04 — Tent master Sergio Nguyen builds a fully proportioned puppet woman, constructed entirely out of bamboo, for his friend Olivier Taquin's new act. We wa (more…)
Survival of the Fittest
53:41 — We're in New York's Lincoln Center. The snow is coming down and the garden hoses that supply running water to the trailers are frozen solid. Still, th (more…)
Run Away to the Circus
00:56 — Some people run away with the circus as an escape from their tangled lives. Others yearn for adventure. Members of the Big Apple Circus cast and crew (more…)

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  • Premiered: February 2, 2005
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: A behind-the-scenes look at the circus from the perspective of the performers as they travel together and work to create a magical experience for their audiences.

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