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Come one, come all to The Circus. This documentary series pulls back the curtain on the Trump era of presidential politics, revealing the intense, inspiring and infuriating stories behind the headlines. Key characters and events are presented in real time, as they are happening. The Circus is a non-partisan, never-before-attempted take on one of the most fascinating and consequential political periods in modern American history.

Genres: History
Station: Showtime (US)
Rating: 8.5/10 from 2 users
Status: Running
Start: 2016-01-17

The Circus Season 3 Air Dates


S03E01 - The Looking Glass War Air Date: 16 April 2018 00:00 -

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The United States and Russia are locked in a dangerous new standoff. From Facebook and meddling in the 2016 election, to alleged poisoning attacks, to the war in Syria, Russia is the dominant force in our news cycle. John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and new host Alex Wagner examine America's new Cold War with Russia and where it's leading. Season Premiere.


S03E02 - Too Many Lawyers Air Date: 23 April 2018 00:00 -

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An ever-growing swirl of legal entanglements continues to surround President Trump. From the ongoing Mueller investigation to the Michael Cohen raid and subsequent hearing, and James Comey's inflammatory book, the Trump presidency is under siege. John Heillman interviews Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' lawyer, John and Alex Wagner have a colorful dialog with legal heavyweight and Trump supporter Alan Dershowitz, and Mark McKinnon remembers his old friend Barbara Bush.


S03E03 - Man of the World Air Date: 30 April 2018 00:00 -

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As Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State clears a Senate hurdle, official visits from French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel command the administration's attention. John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon sit down with Wendy Sherman, lead negotiator behind the Iran nuclear deal. Plus, Alex Wagner interviews imam Dr. Ismail Elshikh, the plaintiff behind the travel-ban challenge.


S03E04 - Trump Country Air Date: 07 May 2018 00:00 -

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Celebrated Republican political strategist Steve Schmidt joins John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner as a guest host this week. From the industrial heartland to the Mountain West, and from the far North to the deep South, the team assesses Trump's impact on the national political climate, campaigns and candidates from both parties.

In Salt Lake City, Heilemann conducts an exclusive interview with Mitt Romney as the former Republican presidential nominee pursues a seat in the U.S. Senate — and throws the first stone to open the 2018 USA Curling Arena National Championships. Wagner and Schmidt trek to the Mexican border to discuss immigration and other issues with Senator Ted Cruz's challenger and rising Democratic star Beto O'Rourke. And, after trips to Wisconsin and Georgia, McKinnon covers the NRA's annual convention in Dallas, where Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are slated to appear.


S03E05 - War and Peace Air Date: 14 May 2018 00:00 -

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The gloves are off as Donald Trump fights a 360-degree battle to keep the presidency. He's taking shots at those who stand to threaten it, and is at war against the "deep state" of the FBI, CIA, and the Department of Justice. Stories covered include Michael Cohen's connection to a Russian oligarch, Trump's attempts to undermine the Mueller investigation, the scuttling of the Iran deal, and the Senate confirmation hearing for Trump's controversial CIA Director pick, Gina Haspel.


S03E06 - Their Brand Is Crisis Air Date: 21 May 2018 00:00 -

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The Trump administration has had to contend with an unprecedented number of crises, and spinning them is an ongoing preoccupation. In this era of splintered news media, how do you get the right message to the right people, and still stay on course? Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie discusses trying to govern during a PR crisis, Steve Brill hosts an Axios event on combatting fake news, and Steve Schmidt and Mark Fabiani, Bill Clinton's advisor during the Whitewater scandal, both weigh in on how this White House is managing crises.


S03E07 - The Gathering Storm Air Date: 17 September 2018 00:00 -

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With the looming midterm elections, the Trump presidency under relentless siege, and Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolina coast, Washington has a lot on its collective plate. Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner visit the democratic and republican war rooms respectively, and learn what each camp is doing to secure the majority in the House. John Heilemann interviews Steve Bannon and takes a tour of Breitbart, all in advance of the release of Bannon's inflammatory new documentary.


S03E08 - Burden of Proof Air Date: 24 September 2018 00:00 -

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As Republicans and Democrats play a dramatic game of chess in the wake of the assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, all eyes are on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Parallels are drawn between the current showdown and the Anita Hill hearing in 1991, and recurring contributor Steve Schmidt gives context to the Trump administration's response, given his experience working to confirm Supreme Court nominees for previous Republican administrations.


S03E09 - Judgment Day Air Date: 01 October 2018 00:00 -

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The focus remains tightly on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the future of U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein notwithstanding. As legions of outspoken critics and fans of Judge Kavanaugh vie for attention on Capitol Hill, and allegations of sexual misconduct continue to surface, the temperature in the capital climbs steadily upward. For much of the week John Heilemann is embedded with attorney Michael Avenatti, who may just have the most explosive revelations of all.


S03E10 - The Verdict Air Date: 08 October 2018 00:00 -

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The emphasis remains squarely on the constantly-evolving story of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. But as the midterm elections draw nearer, hosts John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Alex Wagner and guest commentator Steve Schmidt delve into the ramifications of the confirmation's outcome on various Senate races around the country. Republicans and Democrats are riled up about this issue, and in states where the polls are close, Senate races could be affected by how the incumbents vote.


S03E11 - California Dreaming Air Date: 15 October 2018 00:00 -

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Co-hosts John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner journey to California, the heart of the anti-Trump "Resistance" movement. Home to several 2020 presidential hopefuls and more competitive House races than any other state, California is uniquely poised to play an outsized role in this year's midterms — and Democrats' ongoing efforts to oppose the Trump presidency.


S03E12 - Senatorial Combat Air Date: 22 October 2018 00:00 -

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Co-hosts John Heilemann, Alex Wagner, and Mark McKinnon traverse three states — North Dakota, Nevada and Arizona — where Senate candidates face off in debates this week under immense pressure in the final days of their campaigns. The races feature a Democratic incumbent fighting for survival in a red state, a Republican facing a fierce challenge in a purple state, and the fight for a seat left open by a retiring Republican.


S03E13 - Black and White Air Date: 29 October 2018 00:00 -

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Co-hosts John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, and Alex Wagner go behind the scenes of two of the country's most contentious midterm campaigns as Florida and Georgia consider electing their states' first African-American governors.


S03E14 - A Place Called Fear Air Date: 05 November 2018 01:00 -

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Co-hosts John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner, with contributor Steve Schmidt, follow President Trump as he stokes fears over immigration, border security and a migrant caravan.


S03E15 - Mother(f***er) of All Midterms Air Date: 12 November 2018 01:00 -

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Co-hosts John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner, along with contributor Steve Schmidt, fan out across the country to follow more than a dozen candidates for House, Senate and governor during a week that will change the course of history.

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