You Can Watch “Circus” on Netflix Right Now and Probably Should

Rachel’s Team Pick:

I don’t watch very much TV, and I REALLY don’t watch much reality TV. Hoarders is a stretch for me. (Except for Extreme Couponing, DUH.) But recently a friend started watching Circus, which is conveniently streaming on Netflix, and felt very strongly that I needed to also. I resisted for a while, but eventually I had something important to do that I urgently needed to put off, so I put it on. And you guys!

You guys this show is so great. It follows the Big Apple Circus over the course of an entire season, from the first weeks of training and designing the show to the final goodbyes. I am now obsessed with everyone on this show. I care about them more than some members of my own family. I remember seeing Grandma the clown when the Big Apple came through my city when I was a kid, and now I am deeply devoted to Barry Lubin, the performer who plays her. As will you be! And oh God that’s not even getting into Mark Gindick, who I think I actually want to adopt.

BARRY LUBIN/GRANDMA

It’s not an explicitly gay show. I mean, there is no Naomily in Circus. But I don’t know, maybe it’s me, but I think there’s some definite gay potential. For instance, can we talk about the wire performer Sarah Schwarz, whose arms are so amazing I want to be in a relationship with them all on their own. Can someone’s arms be gay? Can being gay somehow get me arms like this? I mean seriously, Michelle Obama has nothing on this.

And then there’s Kwame and Heidi. I don’t want to give too much away, but seriously, moving across the country to live with a girl who does all her shopping at Hot Topic before she’s even legally separated from her crazy ex? All while wearing a hoodie? On a scale of 1 to gay, that’s pretty fucking gay.

Have you seen Circus? Have you seen the actual real circus? Can you juggle? Should I watch Circus Rosaire like Netflix is telling me to? Please discuss.

Rachel is Autostraddle's Managing Editor and the editor who presides over news & politics coverage. Originally from Boston, MA, Rachel now lives in the Midwest. Topics dear to her heart include bisexuality, The X-Files and tacos. Her favorite Ciara video is probably "Ride," but if you're only going to watch one, she recommends "Like A Boy." You can follow her on twitter and instagram.

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6 Comments

  1. This is a great series. I saw it when it was on PBS a few months back. And yes, Kwame and Heidi are an absolute hot mess. They are an episode of Maury waiting to happen. Also full of drama are the gay twins who can’t stand each other and have to be put in separate trailers.

    I did love Sarah Scwartz and the horse trainer woman. I was also fascinated by all the kids who grew up in the circus. And I always felt so bad for the new clown guy who just didn’t seem to be gelling well with the show and other performers.

  2. I went to the circus when I was a kid and I think I remember elephant rides at the end, but it’s entirely possible that I imagined/dreamt it. I can juggle. Like everything else worthwhile, I learned from the internet.

  3. As a fan of circus/cirque, this article made me very happy. If you liked this, you should get your hands on Cirque Du Soleil’s production of “Fire Within” that shows the development of their show Varekai from a few years back. They also have a documentary/realityTV for their show Zumanity called “LOVESICK” (showing the erotic side of circus). Zumanity is also quite a queer show 🙂 Netflix has the DVDs for these, but HULU used to have them available for stream. I’m not so sure now, but I highly recommend them all.

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