John Ritter returns to TV in a genial sitcom, playing an aide to a senator (Gaynes). His life is somewhat complicated by his wife (Post)'s father (Asner) having spent a long stretch in ... See full summary »
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 John Hartman (54 episodes, 1992-1995)
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 Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman / ... (54 episodes, 1992-1995)
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 Billy Bob Davis (54 episodes, 1992-1995)
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 Elliot Hartman (54 episodes, 1992-1995)
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 Ben Hartman (40 episodes, 1992-1994)
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 Carson Lee Davis (34 episodes, 1992-1995)
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 Dr. Madeline Stoessinger / ... (33 episodes, 1992-1995)
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 Lonnie Garr (27 episodes, 1993-1995)
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 Mavis Davis (23 episodes, 1992-1993)
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 Adam Carlson (23 episodes, 1992-1993)
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 Senator Strobe Smithers (23 episodes, 1992-1993)
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John Ritter returns to TV in a genial sitcom, playing an aide to a senator (Gaynes). His life is somewhat complicated by his wife (Post)'s father (Asner) having spent a long stretch in prison for financial impropriety, and her somewhat-unnecessary attempts to re-integrate him into society. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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Al senador, ni caso  »

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The series' title comes from a lyric in the Earth, Wind & Fire song "That's The Way Of The World". In fact, "World" just happened to be one of the show's theme songs. See more »

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Lee Ann Starr Folsom: Reed, no one's going to get naked on a party barge in the middle of November!
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Practically 2 different series
18 December 2002 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

As the plot summary says, this was originally about a married couple working for a Senator in Washington, DC. The second and third seasons were about the same couple, having moved to a small town, running a newspaper. The two locales had different supporting casts except for John Ritter, Markie Post, Billy Bob Thornton, and the kids. The second incarnation of "Hearts Afire" was superior--owing much to the more relaxed, quirky atmosphere of the small town, and to supporting characters there played by Conchata Ferrell and Leslie Jordan. The friction/chemistry between Thornton and Ferrell was great.


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