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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According to Daniel Knauf, HBO originally give the show a 16 episodes second season, that would aired in two rounds. When he was mapping the 16 and probably because of the ratings, the network told him that it would be eventually 12. See more »

Goofs

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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Ruthie: Crazy as mud bugs on a griddle.
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Great Show
31 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those of you who like this show i am very happy to hear because i dont know what kind of reviews it is getting. I think this show is great and very creative. Think about all the crap that is out on TV. HBO has truly done it again with its string of great shows. The acting is great, especially by Nick Stahl who i think is one of the best young actors around (Bully and In the Bedroom). The Season Finale was amazing and should be looked at when the Emmy nomitations roll around. Im happy to see that there is something very very creative and intriguing on TV instead of watching six friends who live in NYC and say annoying jokes all the time.


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