Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 14, 2003
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
HBO TV Network
Genre

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Carnivale

Into each generation is born a creature of light and a creature of darkness... Carnivàl is set in the United States during the Great Depression. In tracing the lives of two disparate groups of people, its overarching story depicts the battle between good and evil and the struggle between free will and destiny; the storyline mixes Christian theology with gnosticism and Masonic lore.

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Iris Crowe

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In the 1960s, Amy attended St. Philip Neri grammar school and Aquinas High School, both in Chicago, ...

Character Bio

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Occupation: Spinster and housekeeper for her brother

Personality type: Capable, devoted

Signature style: Always with her brother

Seen by others as: easily dismissed

Weaknesses: Pride, her relationship with her brother

Strengths: Her strength, her ability to get things done

Iris Crowe backstory: Revernd Norman Balthus and his wife adopted Iris and her brother when they found them wandering in the wilderness, orphaned and alone. She grew up in a house of religious service. When her brother joined the ministry, she went with him to keep his house and help him in his ministry.

Iris Crowe is the older sister of Brother Justin and a devoted supporter of his ministry duties in California. Iris' significance in the series starts when Brother Justin informs her about the church board's plan to take away his new ministry. Shortly after, a fire in the church kills several orphans, but it remains unknown until the end of the first season that Iris was the arsonist. Radio show host Tommy Dolan, who arrived to help with the arson investigation, develops feelings for Iris, but a romance is hindered by Brother Justin's return from a week-long self-discovery trip. Dolan starts to uncover evidence pointing to Iris's guilt, but a strange twist at Iris' planned public confession results in Dolan's arrest as the culprit. To prevent the revelation of Brother Justin's true nature, Iris murders an innocent Okie, Eleanor. Late in the second season, Iris joins her foster father Norman in an ultimately unsuccessful plot against Brother Justin.



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02x12 - New Canaan, CA
Season 2, Episode 12
01x10 - Hot and Bothered
Season 1, Episode 10
02x10 - Cheyenne, WY
Season 2, Episode 10
01x05 - Babylon
Season 1, Episode 05
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