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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Top Rated TV #193 | Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 9 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »
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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)
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 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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Both K Callan and Cynthia Ettinger have played Superman's adoptive mother, Martha Kent. K Callan played Martha Kent in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). Ettinger played Martha Kent in Smallville: Unaired Pilot (2001) but before the pilot aired her scenes were reshot with Annette O'Toole, who then played the role on Smallville (2001). Clancy Brown voiced Superman's archnemesis Lex Luthor in numerous cartoons. See more »

Goofs

Sofie consistently deals Tarot cards incorrectly. When shown taking cards from the deck and placing them face-up on the table, she always turns them lengthwise, thereby inverting the card from its position in the deck. Since a Tarot card has a different meaning if upside-down, cards should always be turned over sideways, so that if they are right-side-up in the deck, they remain so in the spread. See more »

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Charlie Lewis: You always had a beard?
Lila: Ever since I was thirteen.
Charlie Lewis: Me too.
Lila: You come by my tent later, dark and handsome, and I'll show you something else I had since I was thirteen.
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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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Hoping this series lasts longer than one season
18 November 2003 | by (Southern Illinois) – See all my reviews

Although initially skeptical about Carnivale, I am intruiged by this dark series. The characters are fascinating (as are the actors). It is hypnotic. But I recommend seeing it from the beginning. So much occurs during each episode as it approaches it's initial 12 episode run. I just hope HBO has enough faith in the show and its viewers to treat us to more! I am curious to see how the final few episodes play out. The show is not predictable, as are some Network shows. I rank this high on my favorite list - right behind Six Feet Under. Congratulations HBO! You've outdone yourself with Carnivale.


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