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The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth

Episodes

26 Episodes 2016 - 2016

The documentary series centers around the 2016 US Presidential election and focuses on primaries and campaigns for both parties. The show focuses on some of the key players, including the various candidates and the people closest to them, and offers a look behind the scenes of the media circus that follows the most important political event in the US. The season highlights the scandals, drama and general unpredictability that characterized this election, and concludes with an hour-long special about Election Day.

Episode 1

The Outsiders

Sun, Jan 17, 2016 30 mins

A real-time documentary series that offers a revealing look at the 2016 presidential race. In the opener, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump campaign in Iowa.

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Episode 2

Prisoner's Dilemma

Sun, Jan 24, 2016 30 mins

A real-time documentary series that offers a revealing look at the 2016 presidential race.

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Episode 3

Tension City

Sun, Jan 31, 2016 30 mins

A look at 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.

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Episode 4

The Big Mo

Sun, Feb 7, 2016 30 mins

A look at the Iowa fallout and an examination of who has momentum going into the New Hampshire primary, and whether Trump and Clinton can pick up the pace to beat back the surging Cruz and Sanders.

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Episode 5

The Winnowing

Sun, Feb 14, 2016 30 mins

The candidates deal with the jolt that was New Hampshire and prepare for hard truths in South Carolina and Nevada.

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Episode 6

Fear and Loathing

Sun, Feb 21, 2016 30 mins

Anxiety grows among the candidates about the high stakes in South Carolina and Nevada, and the significance of falling behind.

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Episode 7

Confidence Game

Sun, Feb 28, 2016 30 mins

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

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Episode 8

The Reckoning

Sun, Mar 6, 2016 30 mins

Candidates who trail the front-runners deal with the results of Super Tuesday, while the Democratic and Republican establishments try to find a way to stop Trump.

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Episode 9

Dead or Alive

Sun, Mar 13, 2016 30 mins

Rubio, Kasich and Sanders pin their hopes on Florida and Ohio in hopes of gaining enough momentum to force a brokered convention.

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Episode 10

High Hopes

Sun, Mar 20, 2016 30 mins

While Rubio gets trumped in Florida, the rest of the candidates remain cautiously optimistic. But they may need more than high hopes to pull off a win and secure the nomination.

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Episode 11

Home and Abroad

Sun, Mar 27, 2016 30 mins

Foreign policy comes to the forefront as the political climate grows fiery in the wake of the attacks in Brussels. As Trump and Clinton prepare to square off, they try to prove their presidential mettle.

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Episode 12

On Wisconsin

Sun, Apr 3, 2016 30 mins

The candidates crisscross Wisconsin in pursuit of competing agendas.

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Episode 13

Circus Recap

Sun, Apr 10, 2016 30 mins

From the early primary battles to the Super Tuesday showdown and beyond, the curtain is pulled back on the 2016 presidential race. Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon examine the electrifying first 12 weeks of the campaigns.

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Episode 14

Game On

Sun, Jul 10, 2016 30 mins

Trump and Clinton engage in their own July 4th fireworks, as Clinton's email scandal erupts and Trump backpedals from his latest faux pas.

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Episode 15

Veepstakes

Sun, Jul 17, 2016 30 mins

Clinton and Trump narrow their choices for running mates who will make and not break their campaigns. Trump auditions Chris Christie, Mike Pence and Newt Gingrich, while Clinton considers Tim Kaine.

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Episode 16

Trump Show

Sun, Jul 24, 2016 30 mins

The political circus goes into overdrive as Donald Trump is crowned the Republican nominee, and his wife, Melania, delivers a controversial speech. Also: Trump's children try to humanize their dad; and Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence strives for party unity.

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Episode 17

In the Arena

Sun, Jul 31, 2016 30 mins

The Democrats make Hillary Clinton a historic nominee; Bernie Sanders diehards jeer and boo in Philadelphia. Also: a look at whether shattering the glass ceiling is enough for Clinton and Kaine to unite their party into a winning coalition.

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Episode 18

Closing the Gap

Sun, Sep 11, 2016 30 mins

The Trump campaign finds itself running from behind and tries to close the gap on Clinton, even as members of his party start to publicly jump ship.

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Episode 19

Fit to Serve

Sun, Sep 18, 2016 30 mins

Revelations about Clinton's pneumonia and scrutiny surrounding Trump's medical records lead to questions of their fitness to lead. As each campaign tries to avoid the issues, heat is put on their running mates.

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Episode 20

Battleground

Sun, Sep 25, 2016 30 mins

As Clinton and Trump prepare for the first of their debates, the campaigns target a handful of states that could swing the election, including the must-win battleground of Florida.

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Episode 21

The Newsrooms

Sun, Oct 2, 2016 30 mins

A peek inside at the days and nights of the people who broadcast the news and cover the political sphere.

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Episode 22

Tale of the Tape

Sun, Oct 16, 2016 30 mins

The fallout from the second debate and the scandal surrounding a now-infamous "locker-room talk" audio tape are tracked.

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Episode 23

From Russia With Love

Sun, Oct 23, 2016 30 mins

Amid claims of foreign intervention, international espionage and widespread hacking, Hillary Clinton faces the trove of highly sensitive, private emails that WikiLeaks made public.

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Episode 24

His Word as a Biden

Sun, Oct 30, 2016 30 mins

The final two-week push going into the election sees the full weight of the White House come out in force for Clinton's campaign, including Joe Biden, the one man who has the potential to swing those states still up for grabs.

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Episode 25

Nobody F***ing Knows

Sun, Nov 6, 2016 30 mins

As different polls predict differing outcomes both campaigns make a case in far-fetched battlegrounds. But hope springs eternal in a race that is either up for grabs or already decided.

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Episode 26

President Trump

Sun, Nov 13, 2016 60 mins

The series concludes with Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon going behind the scenes of both campaigns in the lead up to Election Day and chronicling the fallout that followed.

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