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American Experience

The Circus, Part 1

Travel back to 1793 Philadelphia, when America's first circus was established, and witness its crash into American culture. The arrival of P. T. Barnum in 1871 transformed the trade, and the five Ringling brothers created a spectacle of their own.

Sunday, February 17 at 8:00 pm on 12.1


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  • Monday, February 18 at 2:00 am on 12.1

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As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation.