The Powers That Be (1992–1993)

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William Powers is a clueless senator whose career is actually run by his manipulative wife Margaret, his smart chief of staff (and mistress) Jordan, and his political aide Bradley. At home,... See full summary »

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1993   1992  
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 Sen. William Franklin Powers (21 episodes, 1992-1993)
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 Margaret Powers (21 episodes, 1992-1993)
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 Jordan Miller (21 episodes, 1992-1993)
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 Bradley Grist (21 episodes, 1992-1993)
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 Caitlyn Van Horne (21 episodes, 1992-1993)
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 Theodore Van Horne (21 episodes, 1992-1993)
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 Charlotte (21 episodes, 1992-1993)
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 Pierce Van Horne (21 episodes, 1992-1993)
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 Sophie Lipkin (21 episodes, 1992-1993)
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William Powers is a clueless senator whose career is actually run by his manipulative wife Margaret, his smart chief of staff (and mistress) Jordan, and his political aide Bradley. At home, the senator also has to contend with his fussy daughter Caitlyn and her suicidal husband Theodore, who happens to be in love with the Powers' bumbling maid Charlotte. The arrival of the senator's illegitimate daughter, Sophie Lipkin, in the middle of a tough re-election campaign causes consternation for everyone, but Sophie ends up bonding quickly with her father and becomes an important part of his life and his workplace. Written by Jennifer

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Altas esferas  »

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McLean Stevenson auditioned for the role of Senator Powers. See more »

Quotes

Margaret: Have you come to gloat or just admire the cutlery in my back?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) See more »

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The best political sitcom
19 August 2004 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

What can one say about a solid (and short lived) political sitcom that has John Forsythe in a great comeback vehicle, Holland Taylor in her best TV role ever, as well as a pre-'Frasier' David Hyde Pierce doing his schtick before Niles was born? I'd say it's one of the best shows ever, even if it only lasted a handful of episodes. It also features Joseph Gordon Levitt (3rd Rock From the Sun) as well as a great comic turn by Elizabeth Berridge (who plays Charlotte, the family's long-suffering maid). Lots of good, smart, funny stuff here...and still no one watched. Perhaps it was the Saturday time slot that did it in. Then again, dumb usually hits big, so it's no wonder this didn't make it...


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