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The Powers That Be 

The exploits of a clueless American senator and the eccentric, morally corrupt people who are closest to him.
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2   1  
1993   1992  
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
John Forsythe ...  Sen. William Franklin Powers 21 episodes, 1992-1993
Holland Taylor ...  Margaret Powers 21 episodes, 1992-1993
Eve Gordon ...  Jordan Miller 21 episodes, 1992-1993
Peter MacNicol ...  Bradley Grist 21 episodes, 1992-1993
Valerie Mahaffey ...  Caitlyn Van Horne 21 episodes, 1992-1993
David Hyde Pierce ...  Theodore Van Horne 21 episodes, 1992-1993
Elizabeth Berridge ...  Charlotte 21 episodes, 1992-1993
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ...  Pierce Van Horne 21 episodes, 1992-1993
Robin Bartlett ...  Sophie Lipkin 21 episodes, 1992-1993
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Altas esferas See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(21 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The set from this show went on to become the set for The Nanny (1993). See more »

Quotes

Caitlyn: Theodore, I hate this night. First Daddy's hugging that woman and now there's a handicapped person rolling around in our living room.
Theodore: That's Joe Bowman. The football player.
Caitlyn: Nonsense. I don't know much about football but I'm sure you can't play in one of those chairs!
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) See more »

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WONDERFULLY HUMOROUS SIT-COM
18 January 1999 | by heroSee all my reviews

This was a wonderfully humorous (laugh out loud stuff) sit-com about a senator, his large smart/crazy family, his mistress, his "in" with the new administration---unfortunately being stuck on early Saturday primetime and going insufficiently viewed (I guess), so prematurely cancelled after around 12-15 episodes--check the great cast: JOHN FORSYTH, HOLLAND TAYLOR, DAVID HYDE PIERCE, VALERIE MAFAFFEY, ELIZABETH BERRIDGE, ETC. By all means see it if the opportunity presents itself.


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