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Carnivale

Series Summary
It's the mid-1930s, and we're in the middle of the Dust Bowl, a time when sandstorms and disease were running rampant across the Great Plains. After his mother's death, teenage fugitive Ben Hawkins is picked up by a mysterious traveling carnival run by an unseen force known only as "Management." Surrounded by magic, Ben reconnects with his long-dormant supernatural powers. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, an evangelical preacher is plagued with apocalyptic visions. What the two of them don't know is that they're set to become players in the great (and heretofore hidden) battle between Darkness and Light.

Air Dates: 2003 - 2005

Genres: Drama

Network: HBO

  • Season 2, Ep. 12 : New Canaan, CA Mar 27, 2005

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    Samson devises a grand plan; Justin forces Iris to face her fear of heights; Ben performs his most important healings.

  • Season 2, Ep. 11 : Outside New Canaan Mar 20, 2005

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    Lila challenges Samson's authority; Libby urges Jones to reveal a secret to the troupe; Sofie sees a face from her past.

  • Season 2, Ep. 10 : Cheyenne, WY Mar 13, 2005

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    Libby struggles to stick to her alibi; Jones goes for a ride with Ben; Talbot-Smith intercepts a near disaster for Justin and reneges on a deal with Scudder.

  • Season 2, Ep. 9 : Lincoln Highway Mar 6, 2005

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    Ruthie's visitor leaves lipstick traces; Lila tries to reach Lodz; Sofie finds salvation in her work; Iris takes Eleanor on a picnic.

  • Season 2, Ep. 8 : Outskirts, Damascus, NE Feb 27, 2005

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    Ben and Samson have a heated argument; Libby shocks her parents with an announcement; Smith interprets a bad sign for Justin; Sofie finds a new job.

critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • Riveting. [22 Sep 2003] show more

  • Frankly, I just don't get it. ... "Carnivale" feels too much like mystical, mythical nonsense masquerading behind outstanding production values and good acting. [13 Sep 2003] show more

  • I've seen three episodes, can't wait to see the fourth even though I am still as confused as hell (or maybe that's heaven) by everything but the incredible production values and acting. [11 Sep 2003] show more

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