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CIRCUS: Change On!

Barry Lubin as Grandma the clown, and Mark Gindick, another clown in the legendary Big Apple Circus.
Courtesy of Gillian Laub
Barry Lubin as Grandma the clown, and Mark Gindick, another clown in the legendary Big Apple Circus.

Airs Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

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Watch the first two episodes of "CIRCUS" — "First of May" and "One Ring Family," then join the discussion and share your thoughts about the series.

Hit the road with "CIRCUS" and take an unforgettable trip with the legendary Big Apple Circus. From the big top to the “back lot” — where the real heart of the circus beats — explore a distinctive world with its own rules, lingo and no fixed address. Get involved with the diverse characters who make up the Big Apple family. Share their fears and frustrations, triumphs and failures and find out what it really means to live life in the ring. "CIRCUS" is a six-part series airing on KPBS Television.

"Change On!" - Traveling by trailer caravan, the circus arrives in Virginia and pitches the tent for its first tour stop. On the eve of the first performance, a pivotal act is cut and there’s a mad scramble to rework the show. Making matters worse, a seasoned company regular is diagnosed with cancer and must relinquish his act. Lackluster ticket sales only ratchet up the pressure.

"CIRCUS" is on Facebook, and you can follow @PBSCircus on Twitter.

Video Excerpt: CIRCUS: Run Away With The Circus
Preview: CIRCUS