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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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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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Cloris Leachman guest-starred as John Forsythe's mother in two episodes of the show. In real life, she was eight years younger than him. See more »

Quotes

Sen. William Franklin Powers: Politics is 30 percent hard work, 30 percent persuasion, and 90 percent communication.
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Connections

Referenced in Behind the Couch: The Making of 'Frasier' (2003) See more »

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One hilarious show
2 August 2006 | by cholbirdSee all my reviews

This was one of the funniest TV shows, ever. My husband and I loved it. When we found out it was going to be cancelled, I did something I had never done before, I called NBC to protest the cancellation. I was told that they had hoped it would succeed and tried a 2nd season but the viewership still did not improve. I told them I thought they should give it one more season and put it in a better time slot. I compare the loss of this show to the loss of "Arrested Development", another great show that middle America couldn't get it's mind around. I also would like to see "The Power that Be" again, its been 13 years since it ended. I hope NBC comes out with the DVD.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1992 (USA) 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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