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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The 2016 political race was historically unique. Politics are strategic, often frustrating, painstakingly slow, and can be very nasty.
Positive Role Models
Politicians (and presidents) don’t always say or do nice things.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of insults and accusations; a publicized reference to sexual assault. Gun policy an issue. Political discussions about terrorism, Isis, the war in Syria, and other violent events.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo, including crude comments like “pussy” and references to infidelity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, beer sometimes visible over meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Circus is a non-partisan documentary series that focuses on the 2016 presidential election and the beginning of the Trump Administration. It contains some cursing and innuendo, including highly publicized crude references made by Donald Trump. There are discussions about terrorism, the war in Syria, and other violent events. Drinking is occasionally visible. It's OK for teens, but unless they're interested in politics, they probably won't be too excited about it.
Is It Any Good?
This interesting, non-partisan series highlights the key moments and people that make the 2016 Presidential race one of the most unique elections in US history. It delves into the campaigns of the political outsiders who participated in the process, Donald Trump's controversial campaign, and Hillary Clinton's efforts to become the first female US president. How the Trump administration is dealing with divisive issues like healthcare reform and fighting terrorism abroad are examined. Meanwhile, the more colorful issues that are defining President Trump's presidency, including making unfounded wire tapping claims against Barack Obama and alleged ties between his presidential campaign and Russia.
It's mostly unbiased in its approach, thanks to intelligent (though often brief) conversations with a wide-range of Republican and Democratic political players, including Senator Bernie Sanders, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and conservative TV personalities like Ana Navarro and Joe Scarborough. However, it may not seem that way, given that it is also documenting much of the controversy and chaos that characterizes Trump's political career. Nonetheless, regardless of your feelings about these politics, The Circus offers an honest look at the powerful, strategic, painstaking, and often frustrating American political process.
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