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Episode 1

The Outsiders

Go behind the scenes and beyond the headlines in the first-ever real-time documentary series about an American presidential campaign. Each week expert political journalists Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and media advisor Mark McKinnon pull back the curtain on the 2016 race for the White House and take viewers deep inside the fiercest competition on earth - where the ultimate prize is the most powerful office in the world. Series premiere.
Episode 2

Prisoner's Dilemma

Go behind the scenes and beyond the headlines in the first-ever real-time documentary series about an American presidential campaign. Each week expert political journalists Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and media advisor Mark McKinnon pull back the curtain on the 2016 race for the White House and take viewers deep inside the fiercest competition on earth - where the ultimate prize is the most powerful office in the world.
Episode 3

Tension City

This episode follows the angst and drama leading up to the Iowa caucuses, with a showdown brewing between Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton and the GOP's first real test of outsider candidates versus the establishment.
Episode 4

The Big Mo

The fourth episode goes inside the Iowa fallout and the momentum leading into New Hampshire's primary. Who's got it? Who doesn't? And how can the Clinton and Trump campaigns pick up the pace to beat back the surge of Sanders and Cruz?
Episode 5

The Winnowing

From the electric jolt of New Hampshire to the hard truths coming up in South Carolina and Nevada. Trump tastes victory, Kasich picks up momentum - and Bush faces the prospect of an impending do-or-die reality.
Episode 6

Fear and Loathing

As the campaigns head towards the final stretch leading to Nevada and South Carolina, there's growing anxiety among both frontrunners and stragglers about just how high the stakes are - and the significance of falling behind.
Episode 7

Confidence Game

With the field narrowed down to The Big Five, the campaigns spread their game across the country and play to their strengths - with eyes squarely focused on the all-important upcoming prize: Super Tuesday.
Episode 8

The Reckoning

With big wins for the frontrunners on Super Tuesday the rest of candidates are reckoning with the results. But the biggest story of all might be one both Democratic and Republican establishments can agree on: how do they stop Trump?
Episode 9

Dead or Alive

It's make or break time for Rubio, Kasich and Sanders. As the candidates pin their hopes on Florida and Ohio, can they gather enough momentum to force a brokered convention - or will their campaigns finally run out of steam?
Episode 10

High Hopes

While Rubio gets trumped in Florida, the rest of the candidates remain cautiously optimistic. But are high hopes what they need to pull off a win and secure the nomination - or are they just delusional?
Episode 11

Home and Abroad

Foreign policy comes to the fore as the political climate grows fiery in the wake of the attacks in Brussels. As Trump and Clinton prepare to square off, can either of them prove their presidential mettle in handling the heat?
Episode 12

On Wisconsin

Ahead of a Wisconsin showdown the candidates crisscross the state in pursuit of competing agendas. Can Kasich, Cruz or Sanders secure their position as spoilers - or will Clinton and Trump finally be crowned their party's Big Cheese?
Episode 13

Recap

From the early primary battles to the Super Tuesday showdown and beyond, pull back the curtain on the 2016 presidential race with Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon - and catch-up on the electrifying first twelve weeks.
Episode 14

Game On

While the nation celebrates July 4, Trump and Clinton engage in their own fireworks. With the reemergence of Clinton's email scandal and Trump's latest faux pas, the titans go on the attack to take each other down.
Episode 15

Inside the Greatest Political Show On Earth - Veepstakes

No president is complete without a veep. As Trump auditions Chris Christie, Mike Pence and Newt Gingrich and Clinton considers Tim Kaine, can the candidates find the right-hand man for the job who will make, not break, their campaign?
Episode 16

Inside the Greatest Political Show On Earth - Trump Show

The political circus goes into overdrive as Trump is crowned the Republican nominee - and Melania, controversially, speaks! Capitalizing on his children to help humanize his image, can Trump plus Pence finally rally a unified party?
Episode 17

In the Arena

The jeers and boos of Sanders diehards ring out in Philadelphia, before the Democrats at last make Hillary a historic nominee. But is shattering a glass ceiling enough for Clinton and Kaine to unite the party into a winning coalition?
Episode 18

Closing the Gap

The first real-time documentary series about an American presidential campaign returns, going behind the scenes as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battle it out in the final stretch to the election. Political journalists Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and media advisor Mark McKinnon pull back the curtain to take viewers inside the fiercest competition on earth - where the ultimate prize is the most powerful office in the world.
Episode 19

Fit to Serve

With revelations of Clinton's pneumonia and scrutiny surrounding Trump's medical records, the question of their fitness to lead takes a physical turn. As both campaigns try to punt the issue can the seconds-in-command handle the heat?
Episode 20

Battleground

As Clinton and Trump prepare for the first of their debates, the campaigns target a handful of states that could swing the election. But in the must-win battleground of Florida can either candidate work out a path to gaining the edge?
Episode 21

The Newsrooms

From debate prep to the big night and the flaps that follow, the script gets flipped as the candidates cede the spotlight to an inside peek into the days and nights of the people who broadcast the news and cover the political sphere.
Episode 22

Tale of the Tape

The first real-time documentary series about an American presidential campaign returns, going behind the scenes as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battle it out in the final stretch to the election. Political journalists Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and media advisor Mark McKinnon pull back the curtain to take viewers inside the fiercest competition on earth - where the ultimate prize is the most powerful office in the world.
Episode 23

From Russia With Love

Amid claims of foreign intervention, international espionage and widespread hacking, Clinton faces what might turn out to be her toughest opponent to date: WikiLeaks, and the trove of highly sensitive, private emails it's made public.
Episode 24

His Word As a Biden

The final two-week push going into the election sees the full weight of the White House come out in force for Clinton's campaign, including one man who has the potential to swing those states still up for grabs: Joe Biden.
Episode 25

Nobody F***ing Knows

Clinton in Arizona? Trump in Washington? As different polls predict differing outcomes both campaigns make a case in far-fetched battlegrounds. In a race that's either up for grabs or already decided, hope, it seems, springs eternal.
Episode 26

President Trump

In a special hour-long episode of the real-time documentary series, Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon go behind the scenes of both campaigns in the lead up to Election Day - and the fallout that followed. Series finale.

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The Circus

Come one, come all to THE CIRCUS. This documentary series pulls back the curtain on the Trump era of presidential politics, revealing the stories behind the headlines.

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