Carnivàle: Season 1

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 14
2003

Milfay

“There’s more to you than just plantin’ and plowin’, Huck.“On a bankrupt family farm in the middle of dustbowl Oklahoma, a traveling carnival enco…

2 Sep 21
2003

After the Ball is Over

“The boy’s a remarkable find. He should prove to be most valuable.“First Brother Justin and then Ben enter a nighttime diner and sit at the counter, silent an…

3 Sep 28
2003

Tipton

“There’s rules. You give life, you gotta take it from somewhere else. Could be an acre of wheat. Could be Walter’s old bird dog, Jim. Could be that little gir…

4 Oct 05
2003

Black Blizzard

“You think you can hide from what you are? You can’t even hide from yourself.” With rousties setting up in what appears to be the middle of nowhere, Samson ge…

5 Oct 12
2003

Babylon

“…And on her forehead, a name was written, a mystery. ‘Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth…” As the cara…

6 Oct 19
2003

Pick a Number

“…Bad things happen in this world. Mama says things are better in the next…” As the carnival shuts down in the terrible moments following Dora Mae’…

7 Oct 26
2003

The River

“…In Russia, there’s a saying: “Pray to God. But row for shore…” Brother Justin stands on the rail of a bridge, arms outstretched. A voice t…

8 Nov 02
2003

Lonnigan, Texas

“…Pain is an unavoidable side-effect…” Shells are flying and weary medics attempt to help an array of maimed and screaming soldiers, one of whom has los…

9 Nov 09
2003

Insomnia

“…You must listen to what your dreams tell you. They will guide you…” While most of the carnival crew sleeps, an exhausted-looking Ben sits and smokes.…

10 Nov 16
2003

Hot and Bothered

“…Everyone has bad dreams. It’s the times we live in. It’s hard to feel safe…” Iris Crowe is asleep in her room when a hand suddenly shoots…

11 Nov 23
2003

The Day of the Dead

“…Somethin’s buildin’ kid. I can feel it…” Brother Justin stands in front of his altar, handing out the Eucharist, but instead of the holy w…

12 Nov 30
2003

The Day That Was The Day

“…Nothin good has happened since you got here. Not for us. Not for you…” Gabriel waits in swirling mist for Ben, who finally pulls up in the truck. Ben…

About Carnivàle

Set in the 1930s Dust Bowl, 18-year old Ben Hawkins finds himself all alone in this world when his mother passes on. But a travelling Carnivàle takes him in. We also see the story of Brother Justin, a priest who is trying to find his way in the world. Little do Ben and Justin know, but they are to fight in a biblical battle. With help on the side (Ben with the carnie folk (Sofie, Libby, Apollonia, Ruthie, Samson, Lila, Lodz, Management) and Justin with his sister, Iris) they find out which side each are on and try to battle with the other for what they believe.

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