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Chapter 1 | The Circus

Watch the first ten minutes of THE CIRCUS.

Drawing upon a vast and richly visual archive and featuring a host of performers, historians and aficionados, THE CIRCUS follows the rise and fall of the gigantic, traveling tented railroad circus and brings to life an era when Circus Day would shut down a town and its stars were among the most famous people in the country.

THE CIRCUS premieres across two nights — Monday, October 8 & Tuesday, October 9 at 9/8c on PBS. Learn more at