CIRCUS is a six-hour series that takes you on an unforgettable trip with the legendary Big Apple Circus. From the big top to the "back lot," explore a distinctive world with its own rules, lingo and no fixed address. Follow the diverse characters who make up the Big Apple family and find out what it really means to live life in the ring.
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Performers who grew up in the circus find it difficult to imagine another kind of life.
As the tent comes down for the last time, we say one final "see you down the road."
A major act is cut just before the first show; it's an inauspicious start to the season.
Three members of the company consider leaving the circus for the "real world."
As the company puts together the new show, we meet the members of the Big Apple family.
The clock is ticking down to the dress rehearsal in Walden, but the show isn't ready.
Glen and Mark share their pre-show rituals. Mark stretches; Glen pretends to stretch.
Preparing for a year on the road, Glen goes to the local DMV to renew his license.
Friends from the larger circus community pay their respects to a beloved performer.
The circus celebrates the holidays with dinner in the ring and a special performance.
The season kicks off with a company wide potluck, with dishes from around the globe.
Kids are everywhere on the back lots of Big Apple Circus.
Barry, Mark and Glen talk about their inner clowns.
The circus sets up camp at it's first stop of the tour, Dulles, VA.
Luciano and Gladis both grew up in the circus, and it's the only life they can imagine.
The can-do spirit of circus is an affirmation that anything is possible.
Airs Nov. 3rd 9/8c
Barry Lubin shows circus newbie Glen Heroy the ropes of performing in a circus ring.
Setting up the tent is hard work. Can three new girls survive their first load in?
The Flying Cortes talk about what it feels like to soar through the air on the trapeze.
Hear Nashville-based band The Features' rendition of New York, New York.
Members of the Big Apple Circus cast and crew tell why they joined the circus life.
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