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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Series cast summary:
...  Samson 24 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Ruthie 24 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Brother Justin Crowe 24 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Lila 24 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Clayton 'Jonesy' Jones 24 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Sofie 24 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Rita Sue Dreifuss 24 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Libby Dreifuss 24 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Felix 'Stumpy' Dreifuss 24 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Iris Crowe 24 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Ben Hawkins 24 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Gabriel 24 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Apollonia 18 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Professor Ernst Lodz 16 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Reverend Norman Balthus 16 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Henry 'Hack' Scudder 15 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Burley 14 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Tommy Dolan 13 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Gecko 12 episodes, 2003
Karyne Steben ...  Alexandria 12 episodes, 2003
...  Varlyn Stroud 12 episodes, 2005
Sarah Steben ...  Caladonia 12 episodes, 2003
...  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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Into each generation is born a creature of light and a creature of darkness. See more »


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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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Ruthie: Crazy as mud bugs on a griddle.
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Referenced in Cold Case: Metamorphosis (2010) See more »

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8 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

I think Carnivale has to be one of the most incredibly addictive series I have ever seen. However, all my friends seem to disagree.. so I have to ask, am I alone or are there others who feel the same? I mean, the overall darkness of its themes and how brother Justin ties into Hawkins is very compelling. There is also the fact that if I listened to a description of the show, (traveling carnival in the great depression era) I would have never watched it. But I saw every episode in one day, with no real idea what it was about and now I have to say its my favorite HBO series ever... am I alone?? hehe


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