• Publication date: March 20, 2010

Good and Evil. Free will and destiny. A drifter will take on a priest in an epic battle.

Carnivale is a fantasy-drama HBO series which takes place in 1934, America and is about a mysterious fugitive named Ben Hawkins who finds refuge within a traveling carnival, which takes him towards his destiny.

Carnivale is a fantasy-drama HBO series which takes place in 1934, America and is about a mysterious fugitive named Ben Hawkins who finds refuge within a traveling carnival, which takes him towards his destiny.

The series cast includes Nich Stahl as Ben Hawkins, Michael J. Anderson as Samson, Clancy Brown as Brother Justin Crowe, Debra Christofferson as Lila, Tim DeKay as Clayton �Jonesy� Jones, Clea Duvall as Sofie, and Carla Gallo as Libby Dreifuss.

The two seasons of Carniv�le take place in the Depression-era dust bowl between 1934 and 1935, and consist of two main plotlines that slowly converge. The first involves a young man with strange healing powers named Ben Hawkins, who joins a traveling carnival when it passes near his home in Milfay, Oklahoma. Soon thereafter, Ben begins having surreal dreams and visions, which set him on the trail of a man named Henry Scudder, a drifter who crossed paths with the carnival many years before, and who apparently possessed unusual abilities similar to Ben's own.

The second plotline revolves around a methodist preacher, Brother Justin Crowe, who lives with his sister Iris in California. He shares Ben's prophetic dreams and slowly discovers the extent of his own unearthly powers, which include bending human beings to his will and making their sins and greatest evils manifest as terrifying visions. Certain that he is doing God's work, Brother Justin fully devotes himself to his religious duties, not realizing that his ultimate nemesis Ben Hawkins and the carnival are inexorably drawing closer for a final biblical battle.

Carnivale has won 5 Emmy Awards and numerous other awards.