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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2003  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
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 Bill Sterling (10 episodes, 2003)
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 Jackie Brock (10 episodes, 2003)
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 Tommy Doyle (10 episodes, 2003)
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 Leon Montero (10 episodes, 2003)
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 Pat Conway (10 episodes, 2003)
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 Derek / ... (9 episodes, 2003)
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 Laura Chandler (7 episodes, 2003)
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 Democratic Senate Majority Leader (7 episodes, 2003)
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 Arthur Peyton (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Anthony Marino (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Senator from Nevada (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Burt Gammel (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Sterling's Receptionist / ... (5 episodes, 2003)
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Storyline

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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senator | politics | u.s. congress | See All (3) »

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The most dangerous thing in Washington is an honest man.

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Drama | Romance

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10 January 2003 (USA)  »

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O kyrios Sterling  »

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(10 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

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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Enjoyable & eye-opening
4 March 2009 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I have managed to have the chance to start watching this show (several years too late, I see, but better late...). Now, I don't usually get a lot out of watching political dramas, and being from New Zealand I have even less interest in US politics. However, this show is much more than a political drama. It is a study in human nature and our desire to be Mr. or Mrs. popular and avoid being seen as silly, or childish, just because we are idealists. It is a story about a very brave man, and his (amazing) support crew.

I find that the show has plenty of laughs, without being an out and out comedy, and all of the main characters are adorable in their own way.

It is a story that reminds us that we cannot do great things on our own, that sometimes we have to make compromises, but that we should do our best to stand up for what we truly believe in.

The episodes are nicely paced, with each chapter continuing to develop throughout each minute of each episode. The characters are well-developed, right down to what type of coffee they drink.


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