CARNIVÀLE (2003-2005)


Creator: Daniel Knauf

Cast: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, Nick Stahl

During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a  war being fought between Heaven and Hell.

It is set in 1934 where a fugitive named Ben Hawkins buries his mother and takes up with a traveling Carnival.The Carnivàle is owned by the mysterious and unseen Management, who has its claws on the young Hawkins, for the boy has an gift: he can heal the lame and raise the dead – but it comes at a price. Ben also finds himself disturbed by war and prophetic dreams, which he shares with a Methodist preacher in California, Brother Justin Crowe. Justin in convinced that god speaks to him but is he really. The thing is is going to be a battle between good and evil. Justin has a sister who will do anything for him. The tone of  and the visual of the story is very dusty under a hot sun. The characters are getting dirtier and sweatier as they go south. The decor is as authentic as it is going to be it is like you are there with the characters.  It is back in the day where Carnival was like a freak show like the bearded lady , the sword swallower etc……..and the thing is that the writer spiced it up with two good and evil characters. Here is a great story telling again by HBO.






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