Winner of 5 Emmys


1934. The Dustbowl. The final conflict between good and evil is about to begin, playing out against a pair of unusual backdrops: a traveling carnival and an evangelical ministry in California.

What to Expect in Carnivàle

Don’t let its 2003 premiere date fool you; this groundbreaking series attracted a devoted fan base that delighted in trying to decode every last frame.


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Why should you watch Carnivàle now?

With its ambitious genre-crossing and advanced cinematography, the ahead of its time series is still impressive today.

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What do you need to know going in?

Expect plenty of intriguing mythology, as well as a detailed history lesson via the series’ realistic 1930s Dust Bowl setting.

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What will keep you hooked?

The ongoing struggle between good and evil is the driving force behind the series, and its ensemble brims with heroes and antiheroes whose motives will keep you guessing.

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Who will you recognize?

A host of familiar faces star, such as Veep’s Clea DuVall as the fortune-telling Sofie and Twin Peaks’ Michael J. Anderson as Samson, the carnival’s mysterious ringleader.

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— The A.V. Club

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