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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 The Newsrooms |
Preparations for the debate; the candidates cede the spotlight to those who cover the political news.
|Oct. 02, 2016|
|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 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 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 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 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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