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Hearts Afire 

John Ritter returns to TV in a genial sitcom, playing an aide to a senator (Gaynes). His life is somewhat complicated by his wife (Post)'s father (Asner) having spent a long stretch in ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
John Ritter ...  John Hartman 54 episodes, 1992-1995
Markie Post ...  Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman / ... 54 episodes, 1992-1995
Billy Bob Thornton ...  Billy Bob Davis 54 episodes, 1992-1995
Clark Duke ...  Elliot Hartman 54 episodes, 1992-1995
Justin Burnette Justin Burnette ...  Ben Hartman 40 episodes, 1992-1994
Beth Broderick ...  Dee Dee Starr / ... 36 episodes, 1992-1994
Doren Fein Doren Fein ...  Carson Lee Davis 34 episodes, 1992-1995
Conchata Ferrell ...  Dr. Madeline Stoessinger / ... 33 episodes, 1992-1995
Leslie Jordan ...  Lonnie Garr 27 episodes, 1993-1995
Wendie Jo Sperber ...  Mavis Davis 23 episodes, 1992-1993
Adam Carl ...  Adam Carlson 23 episodes, 1992-1993
George Gaynes ...  Senator Strobe Smithers 23 episodes, 1992-1993


John Ritter returns to TV in a genial sitcom, playing an aide to a senator (Gaynes). His life is somewhat complicated by his wife (Post)'s father (Asner) having spent a long stretch in prison for financial impropriety, and her somewhat-unnecessary attempts to re-integrate him into society. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

14 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al senador, ni caso See more »

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(54 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The series' title comes from a lyric in the Earth, Wind & Fire song "That's The Way Of The World". In fact, "World" just happened to be one of the show's theme songs. See more »


Lee Ann Starr Folsom: Reed, no one's going to get naked on a party barge in the middle of November!
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.14 (2010) See more »

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Practically 2 different series
18 December 2002 | by budikavlanSee all my reviews

As the plot summary says, this was originally about a married couple working for a Senator in Washington, DC. The second and third seasons were about the same couple, having moved to a small town, running a newspaper. The two locales had different supporting casts except for John Ritter, Markie Post, Billy Bob Thornton, and the kids. The second incarnation of "Hearts Afire" was superior--owing much to the more relaxed, quirky atmosphere of the small town, and to supporting characters there played by Conchata Ferrell and Leslie Jordan. The friction/chemistry between Thornton and Ferrell was great.

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