Jan. 17, 2016
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30 min.
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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 5 (2020)

5x01 5 5x01 Obligations and Opportunities
In the season premiere, The Circus lives up to its name as the impeachment trial of President Trump begins in earnest, and the all-important, too-close-to-predict Iowa caucuses are ...
Jan. 26, 2020
5x02 5 5x02 Closing Arguments
In the last full week before the caucuses, the focus is on Iowa and the closing pitch all of the Democratic candidates are making to voters. Campaign leaders for the major candidates ...
Feb. 02, 2020
5x03 5 5x03 Clusterf**k
In one of the wildest political weeks in memory, the fumbled tallies at the Democratic Iowa caucus prevented the typical winnowing of candidates and essential momentum builds for the ...
Feb. 09, 2020
5x04 5 5x04 Unfinished Business
The Circus is on the ground for the New Hampshire primary: the lead up, the results, and the fallout. Electability arguments are solidifying now that votes are being cast and results ...
Feb. 16, 2020
5x05 5 5x05 What Happens in Vegas
All eyes have turned to Nevada and its Democratic caucus. Bernie Sanders has the chance to cement his frontrunner status, as the other candidates are looking to challenge him. DNC is ...
Feb. 23, 2020
5x06 5 5x06 On the Boil
In the week of the South Carolina Democratic primary, with Super Tuesday closely following, voters are deciding if there is a viable challenger to leading candidate Bernie Sanders. ...
Mar. 01, 2020
5x07 5 5x07 Super Duper Tuesday
In the run up to the Democratic primaries on Super Tuesday, The Circus covers the political theater of the annual Civil Rights march in Selma, AL, the endorsements of candidates who ...
Mar. 08, 2020
5x08 5 5x08 The Cruelest Month
The results of the Big Tuesday Democratic primaries in 6 states cemented Joe Biden's frontrunner status and gave him a seemingly insurmountable lead in delegates over rival Bernie Sanders. ...
Mar. 15, 2020
5x09 5 5x09 The New Abnormal
Hot off the press after an interminable hiatus, The Circus returns with all the reaction to Joe Biden's monumental VP selection: Sen. Kamala Harris, the first woman of color to appear ...
Aug. 16, 2020
5x10 5 5x10 Unconventional
During the first-ever virtual Democratic National Convention, The Circus takes an in-depth look at the party's efforts to hold the best unconventional convention. Hosts dissect strategy, ...
Aug. 23, 2020
5x11 5 5x11 Party of One
The Circus is in the thick of the Republic National Convention in D.C., covering speakers, key speeches and the subsequent public reaction. Among other steady Trump confidants, Senior ...
Aug. 30, 2020
5x12 5 5x12 Law and Disorder
The Circus travels to Kenosha, Wisconsin, the site of a week of civil unrest after the shooting of Jacob Blake. President Trump attempts to redefine the struggle for racial justice ...
Sep. 06, 2020
5x13 5 5x13 Going Postal
As states roll out mail-in ballots, The Circus takes a look at the controversy surrounding mail-in voting and its effects on the 2020 election. Despite no widespread evidence of voter ...
Sep. 13, 2020
5x14 5 5x14 Force Majeure
As the United States approaches a grim 200,000 deaths, The Circus investigates the politicization of COVID-19. While the Trump campaign continues to prioritize the economy, Joe Biden ...
Sep. 20, 2020
5x15 5 5x15 Full Court Press
The Circus profiles the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and examines the political battlefield her death has created. Eager to capitalize, Senator Mitch McConnell ...
Sep. 27, 2020
5x16 5 5x16 October Surprise
The Circus covers the fiery first debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Jen Palmieri explores Trump's aggressive debate strategy, swapping war stories ...
Oct. 04, 2020
5x17 5 5x17 Crisis Mismanagement
In a turbulent week following President Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis, The Circus is covering all the inquiry surrounding his health. As more people in Trump's circle test positive, the ...
Oct. 11, 2020
5x18 5 5x18 Steal This Election
The Circus dives into voting integrity, specifically issues concerning election day disputes, voter suppression and re-election rhetoric from the President himself. Eager to stave off ...
Oct. 18, 2020
5x19 5 5x19 End Games
In the week leading up to the last Presidential Debate, The Circus takes stock of the 2020 race as Joe Biden and President Donald Trump play out their campaign endgames. With rising ...
Oct. 25, 2020
5x20 5 5x20 Landslide?
As the moment draws closer to election night, President Trump is struggling to contend with Biden in swing states. Biden takes a stand in Georgia, hoping to boost voter enthusiasm in ...
Nov. 01, 2020
5x21 5 5x21 Who the F*** Are We?
As election night passes with many a ballot remaining uncounted, The Circus wraps up an unhinged election season with a special one-hour look at how the 2020 race between Donald Trump ...
Nov. 08, 2020
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