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Carnivàle 

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:
Michael J. Anderson ...  Samson 24 episodes, 2003-2005
Adrienne Barbeau ...  Ruthie 24 episodes, 2003-2005
Clancy Brown ...  Brother Justin Crowe 24 episodes, 2003-2005
Debra Christofferson ...  Lila 24 episodes, 2003-2005
Tim DeKay ...  Clayton 'Jonesy' Jones 24 episodes, 2003-2005
Clea DuVall ...  Sofie 24 episodes, 2003-2005
Cynthia Ettinger ...  Rita Sue Dreifuss 24 episodes, 2003-2005
Carla Gallo ...  Libby Dreifuss 24 episodes, 2003-2005
Toby Huss ...  Felix 'Stumpy' Dreifuss 24 episodes, 2003-2005
Amy Madigan ...  Iris Crowe 24 episodes, 2003-2005
Nick Stahl ...  Ben Hawkins 24 episodes, 2003-2005
Brian Turk ...  Gabriel 24 episodes, 2003-2005
Diane Salinger ...  Apollonia 18 episodes, 2003-2005
Patrick Bauchau ...  Professor Ernst Lodz 16 episodes, 2003-2005
Ralph Waite ...  Reverend Norman Balthus 16 episodes, 2003-2005
John Savage ...  Henry 'Hack' Scudder 15 episodes, 2003-2005
Scott MacDonald ...  Burley 14 episodes, 2003-2005
Robert Knepper ...  Tommy Dolan 13 episodes, 2003-2005
John Fleck ...  Gecko 12 episodes, 2003
Karyne Steben Karyne Steben ...  Alexandria 12 episodes, 2003
John Carroll Lynch ...  Varlyn Stroud 12 episodes, 2005
Sarah Steben Sarah Steben ...  Caladonia 12 episodes, 2003
Blake Shields ...  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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USA

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English | Russian | French | German

Release Date:

14 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La feria ambulante See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The intro at the beginning of each show is so intricate and complex it took months to assemble. 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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CAN'T UNDERSTAND OTHER COMMENTS....
10 August 2004 | by renfield54See all my reviews

I 'found' CARNIVALE on the on-demand (see-it-anytime)menu on my cable system. (I was delayed finding the show originally because the title implied to me something else...maybe that's the problem). When finally sampled, I was awed by everything about the show. It is one of the great, undiscovered-by-the-masses shows in the last several years. SLOW ? The lack is in you if you think that. 'Story' at many levels, questions but no answers... only more questions... Extremely well crafted and well written, I couldn't get enough of CARNIVALE. It's a thinking person's cornucopia. It was something to look forward to... When it appeared to be cancelled, I went online searching to see if the series was inspired by books... I HAD TO FIND OUT WHERE THE STORY WAS GOING !!! Everyone in my house, everyone I work with... we all were very, very disappointed to be left hanging... HOORAY FOR THE CONTINUE-ING STORY... AND MAY THE SHOW FIND AN AUDIENCE...


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