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Carnivale: Milfay

After a young man named Ben Hawkins buries his mother on the grounds of his family's repossessed farm, he's taken in by a traveling carnival on its way to a stint on the outskirts of yet another impoverished Dust Bowl town. Ben's shackles and strange spiritual powers worry a blind mystic named Lodz, but the carnival's day-to-day manager, the diminutive Samson, insists that Ben remain. The decision irks head-rigger Jones, who senses there's chemistry between Ben and Sofie, a tarot-card reader whom Jones fancies. Meanwhile, in Mintern, California, an evangelical preacher named Brother Justin receives a "sign from God" that leaves him shattered and amazed - and awakened to the possibilities of his own mysterious powers. Back at the carnival, Ben debates whether or not he should remain with this bunch of "freaks" - but an unforeseen inspiration keeps him in the fold.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Sunday September 14th, 2003

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Jun 27, 2011

  • Currently 9.6/10
9.6/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Michael Massee
As Russian Soldier
Amanda Aday
As Dora Mae Dreifuss
John Savage
As Henry Scudder

Co-Guest Stars
Don Swayze
As Tattooed Man

K Callan
As Eleanor (Eleanor McGill)
Frank Collison
As Jasper
Gigi De Leon
As Prostitute
Ted Rooney
As Flasher
Jenna Boyd
As Maddy Crane
E.J. Callahan
As Lean Man
Joshua Harto
As Junior
Lucinda Jenney
As Flora Hawkins
Jack McGee
As Bulldozer Driver
Bobby Preston
As Tommy Crane
Brett Rickaby
As Talker
Joe Unger
As Red

Blake Shields
As Osgood
Rachelle Roderick
As Woman at Carnivale
Helen Slayton-Hughes
As Scripture Reading Woman
Jane Adams (2)
As Mother of the Dead Infant
Kara Green
As Farmer
Storm Ascher
As Poor Girl
Main Cast
Patrick Bauchau
As Professor Lodz
Clancy Brown
As Brother Justin Crowe
Tim DeKay
As Clayton Jones
Clea DuVall
As Sofie
Cynthia Ettinger
As Rita Sue Dreifuss
John Fleck
As Gecko
Carla Gallo
As Libby Dreifuss
Toby Huss
As Stumpy Dreifuss
Amy Madigan
As Iris Crowe
Diane Salinger
As Apollonia
Nick Stahl
As Ben Hawkins
Karyne Steben
As Alexandria
Sarah Steben
As Caladonia
Brian Turk
As Gabriel
Warning: Carnivale season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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