The Joe Show

Randy Murray

USA, 2014 / 101 min / English with French subt. / Documentary

In the presence of Randy Murray (Director) and Andy Nelson (Executive Producer)

Can democracy survive when persuading voters is more important than protecting them?

The Joe Show explores how Joe Arpaio has used fear, crime and his role as sheriff to make himself the most famous law enforcement officer in the world. Racism, sex crimes, illegal immigration, first amendment rights and multiple deaths at the hands of his employees are all issues Joe faces and spins. He’s famous, he’s outrageous, he may be dangerous... and it’s all just part of “The Joe Show”, a tragic comedy of historic significance.

The Joe Show is a shocking and wildly entertaining documentary about America’s most controversial Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, and his ringmaster’s approach to modern media, politics and law enforcement. Joe's desire for fame changes democracy forever and the voters cheer as ratings soar. (

Mon 02/03 21:00 Ciné Utopia Public
Fri 06/03 18:30 Cinémathèque Public

Randy Murray’s “The Joe Show” provides an equally entertaining and infuriating overview of a very American self-made phenomenon whose means of enforcing the law often seem to trample upon it. (Dennis Harvey,, May 9, 2014)

As Arpaio commits one outrage after another in his quest for greater name recognition, Murray aims to illustrate the mutual dependency between democracy and the media to a point where neither serves the public.(Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter,19.12.2014)

  • Audience Award, Big Easy International Festival, 2014
  • Best Documentary, Phoenix Film Festival, 2014
  • Activism Award, Sedona International Film Festival, 2014
Cast & Credits
Joe Arpaio, Lisa Allen, Steven Seagal, Ted Nugent, Paul Penzone
Howie Meyer, Adam Wheeler,Chris Barron
Charles Ethridge
Matt Cornwell
Randy Murray Productions
ID Films, Discovery Communications
The Yellow Affair

Randy Murray’s career began when the Phoenix ABC affiliate signed a deal with him to turn a school project into a weekly rock-n-roll TV show. He worked at two additional TV stations before becoming a commercial director at the largest production facility in the Southwest. In 1991, Randy and his wife formed Randy Murray Productions (RMP) with a social obligation to use the power-of-story to advance the good in our world. RMP projects include the award-winning documentary “Mitchell 20” (2011). 

  • The Most Important Meal of the Day (short, cm), 2014
  • The Joe Show, 2014
  • Mitchell 20 (co-director), 2011
  • Cooking’s a Drag (TV Series), 2004