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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7 March 1992 (USA)  »

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Altas esferas  »

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This marked John Forsythe's final on-camera live action role. All of his other projects during the remainder of his career were voice only roles. See more »

Quotes

Caitlyn: I was flipping through the channels the other day when all of the sudden the most beautiful hair caught my eye. It was Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told. And, oh, Mummy, that movie made me realize how empty and shallow my life is.
Margaret: How, dear?
Caitlyn: Jesus had a good hair day every day.
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Referenced in Behind the Couch: The Making of 'Frasier' (2003) See more »

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Brilliant society comedy - where's the DVD????
4 October 2005 | by (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This series was a shining jewel and a white raven amidst an overload of mediocre US sitcoms. Intelligent, witty, and hilariously funny, it contained brilliantly absurd, unforgettable one-liners (like hysterical Caitlyn's desperate observation: "Ventriloquism is tearing this family apart!"). While the wife (Holland Taylor) is obsessively trying to promote the senator's position in society, an ambition constantly undermined by her dysfunctional family, the senator himself (John Forsyth in a fabulous parody on Blake Carrington) is more interested in dallying with his secretary and socializing with his extramarital daughter. Valerie Maheffey as his daughter Caitlyn created one of the funniest comedy characters ever.

I had the presence of mind to tape most episodes when this series aired. But I most sincerely concur with a previous reviewer in wondering why, with so much utter c**p issued on DVD, this is still unavailable. Could somebody please change that?


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