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Season 1

1 :01x01 - Lion on Fire

Sep/17/1963
One-legged James Paleski, once a great lion tamer, asks Slate for a job.
Guest Stars: Harry Guardino as James Paleski | Joan Freeman as Nina Henderson | Alfred Ryder as Count Von Scherling | Dale Van Sickel as Ed Gallo | Ollie O'Toole as Watchman

2 :01x02 - Silent Love, Secret Love

Sep/24/1963
A girl wants to join the flying trapeze act of her sister and brother-in-law.
Guest Stars: Tuesday Weld as Louisa Johansen | Ruth Roman as Inge Johansen | Robert Webber (1) as Rudy | Russ Tamblyn as Tom Tittle

3 :01x03 - No Middle Ground for Harry Kyle

Oct/01/1963
Slate tries to convince a once famous escape artist, now a carnival swami, to return to the Big Top.
Guest Stars: José Ferrer as Harry Kyle | Martha Scott as Claire Kyle | Joey Walsh as Ted Kyle | Robert J. Wilke as Lou Sirotta | Buddy Lewis as Guido | Aaron Saxon as Pete Hanley | Joseph V. Perry as Anton | Dell Graham as Acrobat

4 :01x04 - Don't Look Down, Don't Look Back

Oct/08/1963
A man wants to quit his family's high-wire act but his father threatens to disown him if he does so.
Guest Stars: Gilbert Roland as Cesare Fortunato | Brenda Vaccaro as Felicia | Bradford Dillman as Vito Fortunato | Theodore Marcuse as Bill Morris | Buck Taylor as Joe

5 :01x05 - Garve

Oct/15/1963
Slate is faced with a choice of either firing a bareback rider or having to close his show.
Guest Stars: Hugh O'Brian as Garve | Harold Stone as Greenwood | Peggy McCay as Anne | Maggie Pierce as Betty | Booth Colman as Boykin | Ted Stanhope as Doc

6 :01x06 - The Loser

Oct/22/1963
An actor hires a former trapeze star to coach him for his latest role unaware that the man caused his wife's death.
Guest Stars: Sal Mineo as Billy Archer | Eddie Albert as Frank Land | Joby Baker as Rick Andover | Helen Westcott as Veda Devine | Diane Sayer as Cynthia | Rudy Dolan as Policeman

7 :01x07 - Uncaged

Oct/29/1963
A circus aerialist is charged with robbery and an overzealous prosecutor wants to add murder to the list of charges.
Guest Stars: Zeme North as Eloise | Fabian as Mac | James Coburn as Kelly | Robert Doyle as Eddy | Joseph V. Perry as Clown | Marian McCargo as Mrs. Kelly | Douglas Henderson as Lempeck

8 :01x08 - The Circus Never Came to Town

Nov/05/1963
Slate gives a mentally retarded man a job as a circus clown despite warnings against doing so.
Guest Stars: Cliff Robertson as Willie Simple | Monica Tenner as Cindy | Frank Sutton as Uncle Marko | Billy Curtis as Danny | David Winters as Tig | Dal McKennon as guest star | Michael Hinn as guest star
Director: Arthur Hiller

9 :01x09 - An Echo of Faded Velvet

Nov/12/1963
Slate unwittingly becomes the target of a revenge plot when he purchases five horses from the scion of a once great family empire.
Guest Stars: Anthony Franciosa as Warren Duval | Felicia Farr as Isabel Duval | John Astin as Bartley | John Baer as Crony | Edward Faulkner as Dowling

10 :01x10 - The Hanging Man

Nov/19/1963
An aerialist refuses to let his son bask in the spotlight so the lad begins flirting with the father's galpal.
Guest Stars: Ricardo Montalban as Gus Trikonis | Michael Parks as Cristos | Fay Spain as Alicia | Charles De Vries as Lederman | Robert Ball as Clerk

11 :01x11 - Leaves in the Wind

Nov/26/1963
As a favor to a dying performer, Slate gathers some of her old pals together for a final visit.
Guest Stars: Nina Foch as Angelica Cellini | Paul Hartman as Eric Porter | Marlyn Mason as Terry Carnahan | Paul Comi as Mike Wilkins | Sandra Gale Bettin as Doris | Berkeley Harris as Rod Nichols | Rudy Solari as Guy Duchamps | Ila Britton as Nurse

12 :01x12 - The Wrecker

Dec/03/1963
Two no talent assclowns steal an elephant from the circus.
Guest Stars: Dean Stockwell as Harley Brydell | Dennis Hopper as Rhymer | Luana Anders as Margaret | Karl Swenson as Louis | Howard Caine as Bartender

13 :01x13 - Lady in Limbo

Dec/10/1963
Kate Reynolds is a performer with no real friends until she becomes foster mother to the orphaned son of an animal handler.
Guest Stars: Lucille Ball as Kate Reynolds | Bill Mumy as Jeff | Roger C. Carmel as Kirov | Irene Tedrow as Agatha Potter | Robert F. Simon as Greenwalt | Dabbs Greer as Pops

14 :01x14 - A Black Dress for Gina

Dec/17/1963
Gangsters pursue a high-wire artist they think can lead them to the location of a valuable pawn ticket.
Guest Stars: Geraldine Brooks as Gina | Steve Harris (3) as Joey Gennaro | Michael Constantine as Verducci | Chris Alcaide as Hodges

15 :01x15 - Where the Wire Ends

Jan/07/1964
A tightwire artist is resentful of the newcomer whom Slade has added to her act.
Guest Stars: Dorothy Malone as Jeannie Gilbert | Alejandro Rey as Chico | John Dehner as Aubrey | Erin Leigh as Sandra | Neil Nephew as Pancho | Carol Sandifer as Norma

16 :01x16 - Corsicans Don't Cry

Jan/14/1964
Slate gets a knife thrower to return to the circus in order to resume his act but the man must heal a breach with his wife whom he deserted years before.
Guest Stars: Steven Hill (1) as Frankie Sartene | Billy Gray as Nick | Patricia Breslin as Lisa | Frank DeKova as Joseph
Story: Anthony Spinner | Teleplay: Paul Mason (1)

17 :01x17 - Big Man from Nairobi

Jan/21/1964
Slate tries to keep an animal trainer from returning to Africa with his animals that he brought over.
Guest Stars: Cornel Wilde as Gil McMasters | Ellen Burstyn as Susan Mason | Billy Curtis as Danny | William Sargent as Jack Spangler | Tim Graham (1) as Finney | Miranda Jones as Louise | Sarah Selby as Josephia | Duane Grey as Pitchman

18 :01x18 - The Show Must Go On-- to Orange City

Jan/28/1964
Slate battles with a socialite who has booked an arena and refuses to let his circus use the place.
Guest Stars: Ruby Keeler as Peggy Rusher | Ken Murray as Sean Rusher | Martha Hyer as Lucy Carroll | Tony Dow (1) as Billy Rusher | Danielle de Metz as Maggie Valois | Alan Carney as Sam | Charles Knox Robinson as Ollie Forest

19 :01x19 - A Place to Belong

Feb/11/1964
Slate hires a former circus boss to whip the show into shape and soon finds his authority being usurped.
Guest Stars: Louis Jourdan as Kurt Von Hecht | Leslie Wales as Kitty Brady | Jeremy Slate as Tommy Jackson | Sally Carter-Ihnat as Jeannie | Del Graham as Alex | Charles H. Radilak as Unger | Buddy Lewis as Usher | Joseph V. Perry as Charles | Francoise Ruggieri as Margot | Jon Silo as Pete Maas | Susan Wedell as Marnie | Francine York as Deedee

20 :01x20 - Man in a Hole

Feb/18/1964
A former circus performer crawls into an abandoned mine shaft after being refused a job by Slate.
Guest Stars: Phyllis Avery as Anne | Russell Johnson as Dr. Arnold Andrews | Arte Johnson as Mario | Ed Peck as Sanders | Jennifer Billingsley as Marie | Bill Zuckert as Anderson | Jack Lord (1) as Wally Walker

21 :01x21 - Clancy

Feb/25/1964
The head of an equestrian act refuses to replace an aging horse that has become dangerous.
Guest Stars: Larry Storch as Bob Eagle | Skip Ward as Sean O'Kelley | Jody McCrea as Patrick O'Kelley | Edmond O'Brien as Mike O'Kelley | Maggie McNamara as Moira O'Kelley | Marta Kristen as Billie Jo

22 :01x22 - The Last of the Strongmen

Mar/03/1964
Slate hires a husband and wife team from bankrupt carnival only to have them begin causing all sorts of problems stemming from their marital woes.
Guest Stars: Red Buttons as Walter Wallace | Bruce Dern as Vernon | Marianna Hill as Edie | Billy Curtis as Danny | Walter Brooke as Ralph Mack | John Dennis as Charlie | Bernie Hamilton as J. J. | Nick Wolcuff as Manager

23 :01x23 - The Night the Monkey Died

Mar/10/1964
Fear runs rampant in the circus when a Gypsy wardrobe mistress predicts that one of the performers will die.
Guest Stars: Yvonne DeCarlo as Magda Kolday | Martin Landau as Mario de Mona | Barbara Bain as Betty | Suzi Carnell as Rachel | Paul Picerni as Marco the Magnificent | Buck Taylor as Tony

24 :01x24 - Of Blood, Sawdust, and a Bucket of Tears

Mar/17/1964
Slate's father asks him to turn his own small circus into a money making proposition.
Guest Stars: Arthur O'Connell as Pop Slate | Julie Newmar as Willa Harper | Henry Beckman as Spike Samson | Doris Dowling as Minnie | Al Ruscio as Julio | Alan Baxter as Richards

25 :01x25 - Rosetta

Mar/24/1964
A young veterinarian offers the only hope of saving an ailing elephant.
Guest Stars: Dwayne Hickman as Dr. Greg Blakeley | Annette Funicello as Melanie Keller | Cecil Kellaway as Doc Browne | William Demarest as Paul Keller

26 :01x26 - The Glorious Days of the Used to Be

Mar/31/1964
A former circus star tries to recapture her glorious past in the spotlight.
Guest Stars: Don Ameche as Collie McCullough | Betty Hutton as Julia Dana | Monique Lemaire as Prudence | Elaine Martone as Freda | Michael Panaieff as Art Stevens | Gene Roth as Russell Phillips | K.L. Smith as Sanford

27 :01x27 - Love the Giver

Apr/07/1964
A young man plots revenge on the father who deserted him and his family years ago.
Guest Stars: James Whitmore as Marsh | Brandon de Wilde as Vic Hawkins | Susan Silo as Susan Silver | John Brinkley as Ron Silver | William Woodson as Ringmaster

28 :01x28 - This Train Don't Stop Till It Gets There

Apr/14/1964
On his circus train, Slate must contend with both Federal agents and thieves.
Guest Stars: Andrew Duggan as McHenry | Spring Byington as Louise | Rory Calhoun as Roger | Agnes Moorehead as Millie | J. Pat O'Malley as Ross | Sheree North as Gloria | Sally Kellerman as Judith | Deborah Walley as Anne
Director: Allen Reisner

29 :01x29 - There are No Problems, Only Opportunities

Apr/21/1964
A stockholder thinks his shares give him the right to tell Slate how to run things in regards to the circus.
Guest Stars: Barry Nelson as Clay Kelfer | Joanna Moore as Denny Greenleaf | Edgar Bergen as McTavish | Frank Maxwell as Markham | Bernard Kates as Fenton | Antony Carbone as Abbott

30 :01x30 - You're All Right, Ivy

Apr/28/1964
Slate must deal with a girl who left home to join the circus only to discover that she has no real talent.
Guest Stars: Lynn Loring as Ivy Hatch | Ted Bessell as Loring Wagner | Buster Keaton as Pippo | Joe E. Brown as Diamond Dimey Vine | Joan Blondell as T. T. Hill | Betsy Jones-Moreland as Louella Grant | Barbara Pepper as Fat Lady | Lawrence Montaigne as Felix
Warning: The Greatest Show on Earth guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Tuesdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 17, 1963
Ended: September 08, 1964
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