The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth

The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth

  • TV-14
  • 2016
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.0  (913)

A Presidential race can sometimes look like a three ring circus with all the candidates pushing to be their parties nomination than to gain the votes of the general public. The 2016 Presidential race is certainly no exception, which is the basis behind the Showtimes series The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth. In this weekly half hour series is hosted by political analyst Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon. The documentary style series follows the various candidates in the 2016 Presidential race. It also showcases those who are working behind the scenes. The program gives the public a rare look at being able to see what goes into a Presidential race. The program which premiered in January plans to follow the entire Presidential race, from primaries to the general election in November. In other words all the drama as it takes place in real time as it's unfolding. Taking viewers into an intimate closer look at the Presidential races as never before.

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Points on the Board
8. Points on the Board
February 28, 2021
The Circus keys in on the Biden administration's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. As Republicans scrutinize, the question remains: can centrists come together to pass the bill as the US surpasses 500,000 COVID-19 deaths? From the White House perspective, Jenn Palmieri sits with Communications Director Kate Bedingfield and John Heilemann interviews bill author Brian Deese and Domestic Policy Director Susan Rice. And exploring how the package is viewed among conservatives, Mark McKinnon speaks with Rep. Dan Crenshaw. Mid-season finale.
Being Green
7. Being Green
February 21, 2021
The Circus shifts its focus onto an administration fresh off implementing a series of ambitious climate motions. With several early executive actions in place, how is President Biden filtering jobs into his climate agenda moving forward? In Minnesota, where construction of the Enbridge Pipeline is sparking controversy, Alex Wagner speaks with indigenous protesters along with Rep. Ihan Omar. And Mark McKinnon takes a spin in a new electric car from Ford, a company that has pledged fully electric emissions by 2030.
Persona Non Grata
6. Persona Non Grata
February 14, 2021
The Circus focuses on the historic second impeachment trial of Donald Trump as the Senate faces a decisive moment and questions the former Presidents culpability in the January 6th Capitol siege. Still outraged by the violence, Sen. Michael Bennett joins John Heilemann for a look at preparation for the trial and Alex Wagner speaks with an attorney planning to use Trumps incitement in defense of his insurrectionist client. Elsewhere, the hosts take a glimpse at Mar-a-Lago, where locals are at odds about Trumps presence in their community.
Dysfunction Junction
5. Dysfunction Junction
February 7, 2021
In a chaotic week, The Circus takes the pulse of a Republican Party at war with itself. Still dominated by the postures of its predecessor, the hosts speak with both ends of the GOP spectrum, zeroing in on a party in the post-Trump era facing incessantly erratic claims from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green. John Heilemann sits down with Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of few Republicans backing the impeachment of Donald Trump, while Jenn Palmieri addresses growing fears for personal safety on the Hill with Green's fellow Georgia Rep. Nikema Williams.
Rubber Meets Road
4. Rubber Meets Road
January 31, 2021
In the first full week of a new administration, The Circus offers a window into President Bidens approach towards tackling the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As the vaccine moves transnationally from shipment to inoculation, the hosts focus on the response at a federal, state & local level. In Los Angeles, John Heilemann speaks with Mayor Eric Garcetti about the status of vaccinations at Dodger Stadium. And from a United Airlines cargo area, Alex Wagner examines exactly what it takes to securely transport the vaccines.
President Biden
3. President Biden
January 24, 2021
As a new administration takes center stage committed to national unity, The Circus captures the magnitude of an era that has until recently been engulfed in divisiveness. With Joe Biden officially sworn in as 46th President of the United States, the hosts break down the most prominent moments as the country undergoes a transition of power. While Trump departs the White House for the final time as President, former press secretary Hogan Gidley joins Alex Wagner to examine how Trumps legacy will be evaluated moving forward.
Clear and Present Danger
2. Clear and Present Danger
January 17, 2021
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 weeks Capitol violence ever relevant, the question remains: will this be a decisive moment for our nation? Alongside social media bans, the hosts explore efforts hindering the rhetoric of Trump and his supporters. John Heilemann speaks with Neil Katyal about the legal implications impeachment brings and Mark McKinnon provides an eye-opening account with Texans still indoctrinated with conspiracy.
Raining Chaos
1. Raining Chaos
January 10, 2021
The Circus explores the fallout of a turbulent week. Season Premiere.
The Circus: Inside The Greatest Political Show On Earth
The Circus: Inside The Greatest Political Show On Earth

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A Presidential race can sometimes look like a three ring circus with all the candidates pushing to be their parties nomination than to gain the votes of the general public. The 2016 Presidential race is certainly no exception, which is the basis behind the Showtimes series The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth.

In this weekly half hour series is hosted by political analyst Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon. The documentary style series follows the various candidates in the 2016 Presidential race. It also showcases those who are working behind the scenes. The program gives the public a rare look at being able to see what goes into a Presidential race.

The program which premiered in January plans to follow the entire Presidential race, from primaries to the general election in November. In other words all the drama as it takes place in real time as it's unfolding. Taking viewers into an intimate closer look at the Presidential races as never before.The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (94 episodes). The series first aired on January 17, 2016.

Where to Watch The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth

The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth is available for streaming on the SHOWTIME website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth on demand at Showtime, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Google Play, Apple TV and Showtime Anytime.

  • Premiere Date
    January 17, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (913)