Mister Sterling (2003– )

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The scandal-free son of a former Governor of California is appointed to be Senator, whereupon it's discovered he's an independent. Modern day Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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Series cast summary:
 Bill Sterling (10 episodes, 2003)
 Jackie Brock (10 episodes, 2003)
 Tommy Doyle (10 episodes, 2003)
 Leon Montero (10 episodes, 2003)
 Pat Conway (10 episodes, 2003)
 Derek / ... (9 episodes, 2003)
 Laura Chandler (7 episodes, 2003)
 Democratic Senate Majority Leader (7 episodes, 2003)
 Arthur Peyton (6 episodes, 2003)
 Anthony Marino (6 episodes, 2003)
 Senator from Nevada (5 episodes, 2003)
 Burt Gammel (5 episodes, 2003)
 Sterling's Receptionist / ... (5 episodes, 2003)


Bill Sterling, Jr. - a non-politico teacher at a Los Angeles correctional facility - is selected by the governor of California as a replacement for a deceased U.S. Senator, primarily thanks to the popularity of his father, a former governor. Upon arrival in Washington, Senator Sterling declares that he is not a member of either major political party. He approaches his job with a refreshing honesty and vibrance that breeds loyalty and fascination in his staff and bitterness among his colleagues. Written by Anon

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10 January 2003 (USA)  »

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(10 episodes)

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Set in the same "universe" as The West Wing (1999). References will be made to Jed Bartlet's administration but the president himself will not appear on the show. See more »


Jackie Brock: Do you know what you're doing here? Do you? Or is this just some crazy roller coaster ride to nowhere that's gonna make us all look like idiots?
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Spun-off from The West Wing (1999) See more »

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The best TV drama of 2003-2004
17 August 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I can not believe this show was cancelled. This was the only drama of the 2003/2004 season that we liked and made sure we never missed an episode.

If NBC wants to know why they lost of few million viewers this year, they need to know it was because of bonehead decisions to cancel quality programming such as "Mr. Sterling".

I agree with Todd1952's comments - this show may have been too good for TV. It seems as though TV execs like shows that are dumber than they are and have no idea how to place or market an intelligent show; they sure didn't with "Mr. Sterling". Duhhhh, this move sure does explain the continued existence of "Fear Factor" or the revamped "Three's company" also known as "Will & Grace" need I say more?

I guess the word is out to TV people in California; if your show ends up on Friday night on NBC, you had better get out your resume' and call your agent. NBC doesn't put shows on Friday night to find a specific audience, they put them there to empty the film cans and recover their production costs before quietly dumping the program. Hey, NBC, I'm NEVER watching another one of your shows on Friday night! NEVER!!

After losing shows like "Friends" and "Frasier" and dumping a show such as "Mr. Sterling", NBC deserves to suffer a horrible death in the ratings this year. I hope the moron who cancelled "Mr. Sterling" gets fired!!!

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