Carnivàle (2003–2005)

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During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.

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 Samson (24 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Ruthie (24 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Brother Justin Crowe (24 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Lila (24 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Clayton 'Jonesy' Jones (24 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Sofie (24 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Rita Sue Dreifuss (24 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Libby Dreifuss (24 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Felix 'Stumpy' Dreifuss (24 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Iris Crowe (24 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Ben Hawkins (24 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Gabriel (24 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Apollonia (18 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Professor Ernst Lodz (16 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Reverend Norman Balthus (16 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Henry 'Hack' Scudder (15 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Burley (14 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Tommy Dolan (13 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Gecko (12 episodes, 2003)
Karyne Steben ...
 Alexandria (12 episodes, 2003)
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 Varlyn Stroud (12 episodes, 2005)
Sarah Steben ...
 Caladonia (12 episodes, 2003)
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 Osgood (12 episodes, 2003-2005)
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1934, America. The Dustbowl. A fugitive named Ben Hawkins finds refuge within a traveling carnival comprised of a tarot card reader and her catatonic/telekinetic mother, a blind mentalist, a bearded lady, and conjoined twins, amongst others. The carnival is owned by the mysterious and unseen Management, who has designs on the young Hawkins, for the boy is concealing an untapped gift: he can heal the lame and raise the dead--at a price. Ben also finds himself disturbed by cryptic and prophetic dreams, which he shares with a Methodist preacher in California, Brother Justin Crowe. Brother Justin, convinced by his dreams he is following God's will, has begun to practice his own extraordinary talents, although the preacher's plans increasingly lead to disturbing and tragic consequences. In this "last great age of magic," Ben Hawkins and Justin Crowe are moving toward a great conflict between Good and Evil, although it not yet clear on which sides these men will stand. Written by matta2k

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Michael J. Anderson was a guest star on "Humbug," a 1995 episode of "The X-Files" in which he played a hotel owner who was offended when Mulder mistook him for a carnival worker (the episode was about a town inhabited by a large number of retired or wintering carnies). In Carnivàle (2003), Anderson plays the head of a traveling carnival. See more »

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When Jonsey behind Rita Sue behind the cage, whenever the camera is behind Rita Sue, her hair is fiercely blowing in the wind. Whenever the camera switches directly on Rita Sue, her hair is calm and perfectly in place. See more »

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Apollonia: [to Sophie] You were always the one who read the cards.
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Waiting with bated breath...don't-ya-know!
8 January 2005 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

We just finished watching all of the first season episodes in a two-day marathon of 'Carnivaling.' All this watching done in wonderful anticipation of Sundays new episode. We love this kind of story telling

  • convoluted, curious, brain-worthy and fun. The characters are


mysterious, interesting, and yet familiar at the same time. We have found fellow Carnivale followers in unexpected places. You never know who might be an admirer.

There can't be enough of this style of entertainment on TV. Don't let anyone say consumers don't appreciate storytelling with panache. Thanks to Daniel Knauf and everyone involved. Continue the GREAT work! Just a note from some of your devoted 'audience' in Albany, NY. We couldn't be the RUBES could we? Naw......LOL!


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