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P.T. Barnum is perhaps best remembered for his circus and the saying, "There's a sucker born every minute."

However, he never actually said that. And the circus was something that came along only late in Barnum's life.And what a life it was - as clearly demonstrated by the exceptional three-hour documentary "P.T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman" (Sunday, 9 p.m., Discovery).

Barnum not only helped coin the phrase "show business," but he exemplified it with his famous New York museum and his traveling exhibition. The self-proclaimed "Prince of Humbugs," Barnum actually always gave his audience more than their money's worth.

But Barnum was also one of the country's first millionaires, a crusader against slavery, a member of the Connecticut legislature and the most famous living American of the 1870s.

"America's Greatest Showman" makes fabulous use of many previously unpublished photos, and the narrative is both fun and fascinating. Set those VCRs!

- Scott D. Pierce