The Greatest Show on Earth (1963)

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  • Season 1
    • You're All Right, Ivy
      4/28/64
      5.2
      Joan Blondell, Buster Keaton and Joe E. Brown portray a trio of veteran performers, now reduced to handling menial chores around the circus. Slate's most pressing problem, however, is an uninterested young man who's been turned over to him to "learn the business." Over this barrier of gloom climbs spirited and ambitious Ivy Hatch, who has run away from home to join the circus. Ivy has one drawback: She doesn't have any special talent.moreless
    • There Are No Problems, Only Opportunities
    • This Train Don't Stop Till It Gets There
    • Love The Giver
      Love The Giver
      Episode 27
      4/7/64
      5.5
      Vic Hawkins seeks revenge on the father who abandoned him and his family many years earlier.
    • The Glorious Days of the Used to Be
    • Rosetta
      Rosetta
      Episode 25
      3/24/64
      6.0
    • Of Blood, Sawdust, and a Bucket of Tears
    • The Night the Monkey Died
      3/10/64
      5.5
    • The Last of the Strongmen
      3/3/64
      5.0
    • Clancy
      Clancy
      Episode 21
      2/25/64
      5.0
    • Man In A Hole
      Man In A Hole
      Episode 20
      2/18/64
      6.3
      A man who can not be trusted because of past acts is turned down for a job with the circus, which send him running into an old mine.
    • A Place To Belong
      A Place To Belong
      Episode 19
      2/11/64
      5.0
      Slate realizes he's made a mistake after he hires a man to assist him get the show in shape, not knowing the he was a former circus boss and now wants to take over.
    • The Show Must Go On...To Orange City
      Slate is having problems opening the show in Orange city. A socialite is having a big charity affair and refuses to leave the arena in time for their setup.
    • Big Man From Nairobi
      1/21/64
      3.5
      A man hired from Africa to bring wild animals to the circus and train them, soon changes his mind and wants to return to his country...with his animals.
    • Corsicans Don't Cry
      1/14/64
      4.3
    • Where The Wire Ends
      1/7/64
      5.3
      Jeannie Gilbert is a wire walker who has not gotten her balance completely back after being sick. To compensate, Slate has put a newcomer in the act, causing some hard feelings.
    • A Black Dress for Gina
      12/17/63
      5.3
    • Lady in Limbo
      Lady in Limbo
      Episode 13
      12/10/63
      5.8
    • The Wrecker
      The Wrecker
      Episode 12
      12/3/63
      4.5
    • Leaves In The Wind
      Leaves In The Wind
      Episode 11
      11/26/63
      6.5
      Angelica Cellini was a much loved flier. And she is dying. She asks Slate to round up some of her most dear friends to say goodbye.
    • The Hanging Man
      The Hanging Man
      Episode 10
      11/19/63
      6.0
      The son of an aerialist isn't allow by his domineering father to steal any glory, but the son has other plans, to steal his father's girl.
    • An Echo of Faded Velvet
      11/12/63
      5.0
    • The Circus Never Came To Town
      11/5/63
      6.3
      A mentally retarded man is given a chance to fulfill the dream he has also held, to be a clown in the circus. But some feel his presence can only cause trouble.
    • Uncaged
      Uncaged
      Episode 7
      10/29/63
      5.8
      Scandal hits the circus when one of the fliers is accused of killing a man.
    • The Loser
      The Loser
      Episode 6
      10/22/63
      5.5
    • Garve
      Garve
      Episode 5
      10/15/63
      4.3
    • Don't Look Down, Don't Look Back
      You can never leave the family, or the family act. That's the word to Vito from his father after announcing he wants to quit the high wire act to open a business.
    • No Middle Ground For Harry Kyle
      10/1/63
      3.5
      Slate wants a renown escape artist to return to the circus doing what he was best known for, not reading fortunes which is what he is doing now. Only Harry has a problem, he can't remember how to escape.
    • Silent Love, Secret Love
      9/24/63
      5.3
      Louisa Johansen thinks she is ready to join the family trapeze act The Flying Johansens, and she lets her sister know it.
    • Lion on Fire
      Lion on Fire
      Episode 1
      9/17/63
      4.8