Johnny Slate is the big boss who successfully keeps the circus running as it moves from town to town. He manages to deal with the unexpected frequently and uses Otto King, the accountant, as a sounding boarding
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1964   1963  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Lucy and her husband, Ricky Ricardo, are living in the country with their best friends and old landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Lucy is still getting into trouble with her sidekick Ethel, ... See full summary »

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Tony Randall, Eddie Hodges, Archie Moore
My Favorite Martian (1963–1966)
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A sarcastic Martian comes to live with a hapless young Terran on Earth.

Stars: Ray Walston, Bill Bixby, Pamela Britton
Going My Way (1962–1963)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Father O'Malley is sent to a parish in lower-class New York City to assist old, crusty pastor Father Fitzgibbon. Mrs. Featherstone is the housekeeper in the rectory. When he arrives, Father... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Kelly, Leo G. Carroll, Dick York
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Johnny Slate (30 episodes, 1963-1964)
Edit

Storyline

Johnny Slate is the big boss who successfully keeps the circus running as it moves from town to town. He manages to deal with the unexpected frequently and uses Otto King, the accountant, as a sounding boarding

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

circus | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 September 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zirkusdirektor Johnny Slate  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(30 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 19 July 1964 (1964) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Drama under the Big Top
9 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like to comment on obscure or somewhat forgotten t.v. shows. This is no exception, judging by the dearth of comments on this particular show.

Jack Palance as leading man and not villain. Who'da thunk? But, he was a good one in this show. Palance plays Johnny Slate, Circus Director for the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

The show focused on individuals in the circus and the drama that surrounded their lives.

Slate was ever-ready to jump in and help, kibitz, guide, etc., while running the circus. I seem to remember a lot about Slate supervising putting up the tents and taking them down. Also, loading up the train and moving on to the next town.

Mostly, I remember enjoying the acts that were featured - lion-taming acts, trapeze acts, etc.

It was a good enough series but short lived. It introduced Jack Palance to t.v. audiences as a likable character - in deference to most people's recall of the actor, the evil Jack Wilson, gunslinger baddie from Shane.


23 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is this show availble on video??? dmorse
Discuss The Greatest Show on Earth (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page