The Circle is an American reality-tv competition show presented by Michelle Buteau. The series follows contestants who attempt to guess who is a catfish or not for the grand-prize of $100,000.
The Netflix-variant is an adaptation of the UK version, which originally aired on Channel 4. The first season was released January 1, 2020. Netflix renewed the series for a second and third season on March 24, 2020 The second season was a four-week event with new episodes every Wednesday started April 14, 2021 and concluded on May 5, 2021, crowning DeLeesa St. Agathe the second American winner, playing as her husband Trevor.
The third season will be a four-week event with new episodes every Wednesday starting September 8, 2021 through the September 29, 2021 finale. August 9, 2021, it was announced that Netflix renewed the series for a fourth and fifth season ahead of the release of the third season.
- "Status and strategy collide in this social experiment and competition show where online players flirt, befriend and catfish their way toward $100,000."
- —Netflix Synopsis
- "In The Circle you never know who you’re playing against as contestants bond, flirt, and plot, all in an effort to earn clout exclusively through a unique social media platform. Everyone’s competing to gain influence and avoid getting voted out. But who’s for real and who’s a catfish? With $100k on the line, what would you do – and who would you be – to win?"
- —Netflix Press Release
- "Season 2 of The Circle returns bigger and better, with more twists, turns, and shade thrown in all 13 episodes! A cast of eight new contestants enter The Circle, where they flirt, befriend, piss off, and compete in challenges against each other on a unique social media platform to earn the ultimate cash prize as top influencer. With $100k on the line, will they be able to earn clout and figure out who is real and who is a catfish?"
- —Netflix Season 2 Synopsis
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