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"It's about the people, both under the lights and behind them, who make those performances possible. And, to PBS's credit, "Circus," filmed over the 2008-9 season, isn't a mere highlight reel; it takes the time to let you get to know this unusual collection of misfits and perfectionists, making their triumphs and especially their setbacks truly affecting."
-Neil Genzlinger, Television Critic, The New York Times, November 3, 2010
"It's probably the closest you'll get to running away."
-Mike Hale, The New York Times, September 12, 2010
"Don't miss a minute of it. Finally a reality show that delves into a world of fantasy...It's just terrific"
-Linda Stasi, Television Critic, New York Post, November 3, 2010
"Sure, watching a trapeze act slowly take form is fun (really fun, actually), but what's fascinating here is the deeply empathetic storytelling."
-Margaret Lyons, Television Critic, Entertainment Weekly, November 5, 2010 issue
"This engrossing and very entertaining six-hour documentary takes an intimate fly-on-the-tent approach to reveal the grit behind the glitter: the grueling routine, the rough economic conditions and the exhilarating process of putting together a show with a group of nomads who come to feel like family--and many actually are related."
"Circus is a series with an abundance of life, and reality. If you decide to run away from the regular network fare to join this company for the next few weeks, can't say I blame you."
-Matt Roush, Television Critic, TV Guide, November 8 - 14 issue
"Whether the people here are fifth-generation circus or they ran away to join it, their lives make for a good tale."
-David Hinckley, Television Critic, New York Daily News, November 3, 2010
"The enduring appeal of that combination is the stuff of "Circus," an absolutely lovely, six-hour series...I have no quarrel with this series at all, and wore a lump in my throat through much of it."
-Robert Lloyd, Television Critic, Los Angeles Times, November 3, 2010
"'Circus' has no difficulty finding all the usual, romantically enthralling ideals contained within circus life..."
-Hank Steuver, Television Critic, The Washington Post, November 3, 2010
"'Circus' executive producers Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre give television viewers a front-row seat to both the personal drama of the backstage crew and to performers' skill, athleticism and artistry."
"If the energized performance of actor Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Sherlock' on "Masterpiece Mystery!" doesn't offer sufficient proof that PBS is capable of putting on entertaining television, step right up for another example: 'Circus,' a six-hour documentary about life behind the scenes at the Big Apple Circus."
-Rob Owen, Television Critic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 3, 2010
"From successes and missteps in rehearsals to showtime in the ring, 'Circus' offers a stunning look at the precision of live performance and the extraordinary feats the artists are able to achieve."
-Marc Hartzman, AOL News, November 3, 2010
"The performances, cinematography and music are superb. The entire series is magical and moving."
-Jennifer Merin, About.com, November 1, 2010
"You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get a jones for cotton candy!
-Maxim, November 2010
"The magic of the circus is alive and well in this six-hour documentary series that's as colorful as its subject, the famed Big Apple Circus. Each episode features dazzling footage and behind-the-scenes stories that give equal billing to the entire company from the ring crew and horse grooms, to the array of athletic artists and beloved clowns, to the ringmaster and director."
-Emmy magazine, November 2010