• Network: PBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 3, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 99
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7

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  1. Feb 18, 2014
    Circus delivers some visually stunning aspects as well as great stories about the people who live and perform in the circus. The show's version of storytelling is through small vignettes that over the course of 6 hours eventually provides some insights into motivations, family dynamics, etc, of the circus members. What the show lacks, however, is the real detail to make these episodes come to life. As a viewer, I was always left wanting to hear more, see more, understand more about the acts, the characters, the drama. In summary, for me the series was compelling, but it failed to be more due to editing choices and the manner in which the episodes were woven together. Expand
  2. Apr 18, 2011
    This series is amazing: fun, exciting, touching, thought-provoking. The first episode started a little slow but every one after that left me wanting more. When it was over I went online to try to find out what was happening with the people since the series ended. FYI, CritiqueGirl doesn't know what she's talking about, but I'm not going to let any spoilers out - you'll have to watch for yourself. Expand
  3. Mar 2, 2011
    I saw 1 episode where a horse was being trained and was badly injured. I hate circuses and how they treat their animals. Doing these tricks at such a horrific expense is completely unacceptable.

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Dec 9, 2010
    The cinematography is beautiful, and there seems to be nowhere around the Big Apple's tents and trailers that the camera won't go. There's just not much in the way of drama here.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Dec 9, 2010
    The three-week, six-hour miniseries introduces a colorful, international cast of characters who live and breathe to create one moment of perfection under the limelight.
  3. Reviewed by: Margaret Lyons
    Dec 9, 2010
    Sure, watching a trapeze act slowly take form is fun (really fun, actually), but what's fascinating here is the deeply empathetic storytelling. It turns out what happens outside the ring is the most interesting part of Circus. [5 Nov 2010, p.65]