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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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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This show was supposedly set in the same 'universe' as the The West Wing (1999), but there was at least one verbal reference to 9/11 in "Mister Sterling", and 9/11 was not incorporated into the "West Wing" 'universe' (unless you count the stand-alone episode "Isaac and Ishmael"). See more »

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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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Best New Show On Television This Century
14 February 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

No, I don't work for NBC. I also don't watch a lot of television. Mr. Sterling is the first program in many, many years that I make it a point to NEVER miss. Where it could be very bland and formulaic, it transcends; where it could pander to popular opinion, it takes chances; where it could be "West Wing Part 2," it stands on its own...and IMO, it stands head and shoulders above West Wing. A senator with a conscience - whoda thunk it? The show pulls no punches, portraying a Senate that many of us in the US like to pretend doesn't exist; a senate of favors and political intrigue, where "doing the right thing" is measured in how you can get the most campaign contributions or 5-second soundbytes on CNN.

If you only watch an hour of television a week, make it Mister Sterling. You won't regret it. In a world where "The Real World" is anything but, and "reality television" is an oxymoron, this bit of creative fiction provides more "reality" than I can recall seeing in a television show in this century. Maybe I'm being a bit over-enthusiastic about it, but I don't think so. If this show is given a chance to succeed, I think it can become the sleeper hit of the 2003 season, and beyond. A truly amazing show.


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