Jan. 17, 2016
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The Circus

This documentary series pulls back the curtain on the 2016 presidential race, revealing the intense, inspiring and infuriating stories behind the headlines. Key characters and events from the individual campaigns are presented in real time, as they are happening. Produced in cooperation with Bloomberg Politics, The Circus is a non-partisan, never-before-attempted take on what promises to be one of the most fascinating and consequential elections in modern history.


The Circus Season 1 (2016)

1x01 1 1x01 The Outsiders
The campaigns of three "outsiders" - Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump - are given behind-the-scenes attention on the road to the Iowa caucus.
Jan. 17, 2016
1x02 1 1x02 Prisoner's Dilemma
Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Chris Christie, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Gov. John Kasich prepare for the all-important, first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire.
Jan. 24, 2016
1x03 1 1x03 Tension City
Follows 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 ...
Jan. 31, 2016
1x04 1 1x04 The Big Mo
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 ...
Feb. 07, 2016
1x05 1 1x05 The Winnowing
From the electric jolt of New Hampshire to the hard truths coming up in South Carolina and Nevada. Trump tastes victory, Kasich picks up momentum - and Bush faces the prospect of ...
Feb. 14, 2016
1x06 1 1x06 Fear and Loathing
As the campaigns head towards the final stretch leading to Nevada and South Carolina, there’s growing anxiety among both frontrunners and stragglers about just how high the stakes ...
Feb. 21, 2016
1x07 1 1x07 The Confidence Game
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 ...
Feb. 28, 2016
1x08 1 1x08 The Reckoning
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.
Mar. 06, 2016
1x09 1 1x09 Dead or Alive
It’s make or break time for Rubio, Kasich and Sanders. As the candidates pin their hopes on Florida and Ohio, can they gather enough momentum to force a brokered convention - or ...
Mar. 13, 2016
1x10 1 1x10 High Hopes
While Rubio gets trumped in Florida, the rest of the candidates remain cautiously optimistic. But are high hopes what they need to pull off a win and secure the nomination - or are ...
Mar. 20, 2016
1x11 1 1x11 Home and Abroad
Foreign policy comes to the fore as the political climate grows fiery in the wake of the attacks in Brussels. As Trump and Clinton prepare to square off, can either of them prove ...
Mar. 27, 2016
1x12 1 1x12 On Wisconsin
Ahead of a Wisconsin showdown the candidates crisscross the state in pursuit of competing agendas. Can Kasich, Cruz or Sanders secure their position as spoilers - or will Clinton ...
Apr. 03, 2016
1x13 1 1x13 Circus Recap
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 ...
Apr. 10, 2016
1x14 1 1x14 Game On
While the nation celebrates July 4th, Trump and Clinton engage in their own fireworks. With the reemergence of Clinton's email scandal and Trump's latest faux pas, the titans go on ...
Jul. 10, 2016
1x15 1 1x15 Veepstakes
No president is complete without a veep. As Trump auditions Chris Christie, Mike Pence and Newt Gingrich and Clinton considers Tim Kaine, can the candidates find the right-hand man ...
Jul. 17, 2016
1x16 1 1x16 Trump Show
The political circus goes into overdrive as Trump is crowned the Republican nominee - and Melania, controversially, speaks! Capitalizing on his children to help humanize his image, ...
Jul. 24, 2016
1x17 1 1x17 In the Arena
The jeers and boos of Sanders diehards ring out in Philadelphia, before the Democrats at last make Hillary a historic nominee. But is shattering a glass ceiling enough for Clinton and ...
Jul. 31, 2016
1x18 1 1x18 Closing the Gap
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.
Sep. 11, 2016
1x19 1 1x19 Fit to Serve
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 ...
Sep. 18, 2016
1x20 1 1x20 Battleground
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. ...
Sep. 25, 2016
1x21 1 1x21 The Newsrooms
Preparations for the debate; the candidates cede the spotlight to those who cover the political news.
Oct. 02, 2016
1x22 1 1x22 Tale of the Tape
Tracking the fallout from the second debate and the scandal surrounding a now-infamous audio tape, could this be the final nail in Trump's campaign coffin - or can he pull off a surprise ...
Oct. 09, 2016
1x23 1 1x23 From Russia with Love
Amid claims of foreign intervention, international espionage and widespread hacking, Clinton faces what might turn out to be her toughest opponent to date: WikiLeaks, and the trove ...
Oct. 23, 2016
1x24 1 1x24 His Word as a Biden
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 one man who has the potential to swing those ...
Oct. 30, 2016
1x25 1 1x25 Nobody Fucking Knows
Clinton in Arizona? Trump in Washington? As different polls predict differing outcomes both campaigns make a case in far-fetched battlegrounds. In a race that's either up for grabs ...
Nov. 06, 2016
1x26 1 1x26 President Trump
In a special hour-long episode finale of the real-time documentary series, Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon go behind the scenes of both campaigns in the lead up to Election ...
Nov. 13, 2016
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