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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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, who plays the head of the carnival, was previously a guest star on The X-Files "Humbug"The X-Files: Humbug (1995) in which he played a hotel owner who was offended when Mulder mistook him for a worker at the nearby carnival. See more »

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Whenever "Russian" dialogue is heard, most of it is just gibberish. See more »

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Samson: On the heels of the skirmish man foolishly called The War to End All Wars, the dark one sought to elude his destiny, and live as a mortal. So he fled across the ocean to the empire called America. But by his mere presence, a cancer corrupted the spirit of the land. People were rendered mute by fools who spoke many words but said nothing... for whom oppression and cowardice were virtues... and freedom, an obscenity. And into this dark heartland, a prophet stalked his enemy. Until, dimished by ...
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Referenced in Cold Case: Metamorphosis (2010) See more »

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Waiting with bated breath...don't-ya-know!
8 January 2005 | by 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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