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"The Circus" is the first episode of season three of the horror anthology series Tales from the Darkside and is the forty-ninth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Michael Gornick with a teleplay written by George A. Romero, based on a short story written by Sydney J. Bounds. It first aired in syndication on Tuesday, September 28th, 1986 at 8:00 pm.

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  • William Teitler is the only production crew member credited in the opening credit sequence of this episode.
  • British novelist and short fiction writer Sydney J. Bounds wrote "The Circus" as a short story in 1980.
  • Ed French is primarily a special effects and makeup artist. As an actor, this is his second work on the series. He also played the Devil in the pilot episode of the show, "Trick or Treat".
  • This is actor David Thornton's second television appearance. He previously played a character named Lile in the "Rites of Passage" in the iconic 1980s series Miami Vice. This is his first work in the horror genre.

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