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3/10
Started Strong, Finished Weak
PoliSciGuy8818 June 2019
I thought the first couple seasons were solid and well-balanced, but as the series went along (particularly with the introduction of Alex Wagner) it became nothing more than a Democrat talking point echo chamber. As an Independent, this evolution was very disappointing.

The move away from balance led the series to make a number of veiled predictions and analyses that, in retrospect, turned out to be comically wrong. Even worse, the series attempted to ridicule and marginalize anyone with a view different than their conventional wisdom which, again, turned out to be mostly wrong.

Overall, a good microcosm of what happens when people/organizations become hyper-partisan. Too bad because this series had a lot of promise.
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This show is for the brain washed
lukemike-2372516 June 2019
There's a market for this kind of garbage. It's made up of liberals. They're so scared to death that they may come to terms with the truth if they think for themselves that they let this kind of sick garbage shower over their brains. It's consensual brain washing for the week minded. Resistance is what caused the Civil War when Democrats refused to do what Republicans knew was right. Democrats haven't changed. They're still as sick and subversive as ever. I feel sorry for them.
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2/10
Disappointing
mdrummond-3075013 February 2019
The first season was very interesting, and well done. Once season 2 starts it showcases the mental breakdown of biased liberals which was extremely disappointing. An example is the blatant disregard of the Steve Scalise shooting while simultaneously promoting people like Don Lemon as actual journalists. The actual show is more of a circus than anything else.
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2/10
Somewhat interesting but incredibly biased.
outpix17 September 2018
It's one thing to make your political beliefs known. It's quite another to misrepresent the facts. Somehow this show has been able to get conservatives to agree to being interviewed and then edited to shreds on the cutting room floor in order to make the case for the liberal side.
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1/10
Watch for a good laugh
hardinjt28 March 2019
If you want to watch the most liberally biased show on TV, cut CNN off and watch this. This show started off posing as unbiased but has gone so far off the rails, it makes for quite the fun time. If you enjoy watching liberals cry over losing to the POTUS, watch this show with delight.
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5/10
Incredibly biased view
ninja-turtle26 May 2019
It is very well produced, but every aspect of this show is tilted for the left and against the right. From the way the interviews are conducted, to the comments of the analysts, to even how the crowds at rallies are shot and scored.
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1/10
More political propaganda.
rsvp32124 October 2018
There's no discussion, no "other side", just Dem political propaganda show, suspiciously just in time for the elections, along with other similar, new "opinion" shows released over the past week.

Vapid.
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1/10
Total BS and complete lies
clight7711 November 2019
As reported by another review this series is edited to a liberal bias. There is nothing fair, accurate or legitimate about this show. It's a smear campaign. All fake and full of lies just like the MSM. I would give it a -10 if I could.
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1/10
Biased
broncowill4 February 2019
All this show does is bash Trump and conservatives. It would be fine if they would consider both sides.
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5/10
Liberal drivel
matthew-28412 February 2019
The episodes with Mark Halperin were good and mostly balanced. After MH, this show has gone far-left and is more of a comedy as the "reporters" desperately try make conservatives look like incompetent idiots and liberals like pious saints.
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1/10
100% LIBERAL BIAS
caryirwin24 October 2018
As reported by another review this series is edited to a liberal bias. There is nothing fair, accurate or legitimate about this show. It's a smear campaign.
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2/10
Incredibly Biased look at Washington
quailpat11 March 2019
Week after week this show creates an very insulated bubble for people who only watch this show,it is beyond embarrassing this new season starting in 2019.No mention of any events that make the left look bad ,Convington Kids in Washington,nope Virginia Governor Blackface scandal,nope,Omar anti-semtism ,they don't even talk to her and take 15 minutes getting to the biggest story of the week and it seems they purposely skip over those events like they had to do the first 15 minutes of Democrat propaganda .They are actually filming on Ash Wednesday while making zero mention of the major news in Washington of that day.But if Trump has one tweet they go crazy over it.The rest of the show is devoted to whatever the 3 hosts are eating that day and historically events,and interviews with Washington insiders.I watch the show only to see what the inside of a Cult look like and why people will be shocked again when Trump wins 2020.This show is junk food politics and junk journalism,almost a sit com for people who don't realize the jokes on them.
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4/10
Unimaginative and shallow
hognls-579543 March 2019
If you want to hear one side of the story this is for you. Biased reporting with nothing you haven't heard or seen before in the lame stream media. It would be refreshing to see an objective news show. Just another echo chamber type program. Don't waste your time.
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1/10
Just more Trump haters
sterhill-129 January 2020
Big hate fest and they all think they are so right and are so smug.

Saw on Fox today the president and the Israel prime minister talking about an offered a Middle East peace plan that charts a course leading the Israelis and Palestinians closer to peace.

CNN only had people barking about the impeachment.

This show is preaching to the remains of the CNN viewers.
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1/10
A pack of lies
rebaaron-125 October 2018
Warning: Spoilers
This show is a long running ad for the Demorats. It's pretend journalism designed to fool the voter. In a word - Propaganda.
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8/10
Season 5: Get a front seat to the Democratic 2020 primaries
paul-allaer29 March 2020
"The Circus - Inside the Craziest Political Campaign on Earth" (2020 release; episodes running 30 min. each) is Season 5 of the long-running Showtime documentary series in which we get the inside scope of the latest political happenings. As Episode 1 opens, we are in "Iowa, Two Weeks Before the Caucuses", and it is crunch time for the still large slate of presidential hopefuls. But these are not normal times, as the Trump impeachment trial in the US Senate is about to get started. It requires 3 of the front runners (Sanders, Warren, and Klobuchar) to return to Washington at the most critical juncture. Does it open the door for the other 2 front runners (Biden, Buttigieg)? At this point we are 10 min. into Episode 1.

Couple of comments: by now (Season 5), "The Circus" production team is seemingly a well-oiled machine. The three usual suspects (Alex Wagner, John Heilemann, and Mark McKinnon) are joined this season by Jennifer Palmieri (who advised the Clinton campaign in 2016), as there is so much going on that a 4th person is a godsend. The series continues to be well-served by the seemingly unfettered "all access" to the candidates. The energy is palpable, as these are all political junkies who just live for this stuff. Season 5 runs 9 episodes to date (more or less up to the days following Trump's COVID-19 national emergency declaration). It's unclear whether new episodes will be arriving, given the almost complete standstill of the country as a whole.

I binge-watched all 9 episodes on Showtime On Demand over the last 24 hrs. Even though I obviously knew the outcome of what would happen (covering roughly mid-January to mid-March), it really speaks to the strength of this series that I was absolutely transfixed from start to finish (and hoping for more episodes in due course). If you have any interest in the political process of this country, I'd readily suggest you check this out and draw your own conclusion.
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1/10
Nicely produced but shamefully highly partisan and biased
MovieCriticOnline15 November 2019
I wish Showtime had put other hosts with DIFFERENT opinions than liberal partisan hacks that hate Trump. I would have given it 7-8 stars had they made it a balanced show. But a vast majority of the media and entertainment are liberals/leftists.

It's constant "Trump bad," "democrats good" narrative.

The only good thing is that it gives us an inside look and behind the scenes of Washington.
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1/10
yawny yawn yawn yawn..
BlobbyLight9 March 2020
Yeah yeah, obama and the clintons are the best most smart uber hip cool woke folk on the planet now and forever yawn. trump bad. obama clinton good. yawn. america is the laughing stock of the world today thanks to the opportunistic bandwagon delusionally brainwashed dumb downers of this caliber. yawn. trump or not, you lost. nothing will ever change. get over it. get a life. next.
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10/10
By far the most valuable show on the election
jstang41123 July 2016
Most of all you get an inside look into how the whole thing works when the cable news cameras aren't rolling with three incredibly experienced and intelligent campaign wonks as your guides.

And you learn about the people involved. Don't like Bernie's politics, but learned to love the person...and his wife even more. Flipping around, think Donald Jr. will be a force to be reckoned with in the decades to come. Would vote for him for Senate right now. And those are only "for instances."

If you don't have Showtime...think about getting it for a month just to binge watch The Circus. It is that good.
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2/10
Hilariously biased
Youwillhateme12 February 2020
It is so obvious how biased the show is. And even funnier how many people have been wrong. They constantly paint Trump as a lunatic, and democrats are heroes.

The unnecessary cursing from the hosts is just done to make it feel more authentic, but it actually makes it more phony. All the cataclysmic predictions that just never happened. It is just hilarious how Trump has kept winning over and over again. Democrats always use feelings and emotions to advance their agenda, like with illegal aliens sad stories, but disregarded American's stories and needs and rights. All identity politics, race/gender over substance and merit.

I think it's best to watch this now after all the predictions made and see how laughable these people are. I wish they had a balanced group of hosts and the show would be so much better. Democrats overplay their hand over and over again.

They were foaming over Kamala Harris, Beto, De Blasio, Warren etc and look where they are now. and they never showed Trump's huge arenas filled with people, but they made sure if there were more than a few thousand at a democrat rally they showed every one of them.

How they are consistently wrong over and over again and still have a show is beyond me.

I literally laughed out loud so many times of the lunacy that some of these people said. Trump a Russian agent. 😂 They missed the Mueller Report, Mueller testimony (except a few seconds because it was all favorably to Trump.

Mark McKinnon seems to be the only one to remotely appear balanced. Alex Wagner and John Heilemann are just ridiculous with their overt bias. And I think Wagner's addition actually ruined the show.

The opening brunch is so annoying and nothing but a food commercial for the "best food ever tasted." It's phony and overly written.

The show is so deceptively edited. What a shame.

The latest season seems a bit less biased, maybe because they are focusing on democratic primaries.
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8/10
Send in the clowns
Ken_Shaffin23 November 2016
Warning: Spoilers
Spoiler ahead: If you do not know the outcome of the 2016 election already, do not read further. LOL! Watching the last two weeks of the Showtime documentary series on the election, "The Circus" was most informative. We saw the transformation of not only this election cycle but also of the changes of emotion and delusion as the obvious biases of the MSM against Trump and their favor for Hillary, represented by John Heilemann, Mark Halperin, Mark McKinnon and all of their go to friends in the MSM, who made cameo appearances to share and express group think transitions from elation over Trump's foibles to outright anger over Trump's success. It was amazing to watch the election process unfold in the precise manner opposite of the expectations. In other words, "The Circus" clowns documented were the MSM rather than the politicians in the 2016 election.
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1/10
It started as a mildly entertaining show... then
MovieCriticOnline16 March 2020
It is literally descending week by week in to a totally deranged anti-trump show. Trump bad - democrats good.

I don't think I've seen any pro-trump person on the show in weeks. You basically have 4 hosts trashing Trump in every episode. It's so blatant that they should be ashamed of themselves not at least trying to have some balance.

I don't care if you hate or love Trump. It's not fun watching just one side without the other getting a chance.

What a shame and a waste of show that have potential.
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10/10
Really about 7 stars but 10 to offset the attacks.
seanfromiraq23 March 2020
Look at the dates of the other reviews. Fox News ran an attack piece on The Circus and created a run of reviewers who had never watched the show to claim it was Libral bias. There is a pathetic side which looks at news as anything not calling everything Liberal and using insulting terms for Democrats as being biased. To those reviewers when your news says "More Liberals are..." and talks about that for hours, that is biased. Not attacking Liberals for hours does not make a program Liberal. I am a current and lifelong Republican and I see the story from The Circus as being a very interesting and unbiased look back at the recent political past.
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10/10
SMART, INFORMATIVE, CAPTURING
toomanykidsat509 November 2018
I love this show. It goes into the world & minds of both parties. My favorite episode was meeting with a town on the Mexican border in Texas. Surprising that this town works well with people from Mexico, not the hate that is all over social media
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8/10
Great show, Amazon sucks with release dates!
bellacouture1 October 2018
I love this show, it's not too partisan and gives you a concise guide to the previous week (even though I follow politics VERY closely anyway) but it projects politics in a great way! Love the foodie escapades.... like I seriously note the places they go to so I can try! Had a lil raw oyster jealousy when Heilman was with Scaramucci..... just sayin! Lol -GREAT SHOW! Must watch if u like politics and the DC scene and seeing what's going on across our country!
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