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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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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

This marked John Forsythe's final on-camera live action role. All of his other projects during the remainder of his career were voice only roles. See more »

Quotes

Pierce: Mother, can we go home? It's midnight and I've got school tomorrow.
Caitlyn: Pierce, did I complain when you were a baby and the nurse got up with you at midnight?
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Connections

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

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Outsanding Comedy
7 August 2011 | by leebeadsSee all my reviews

I have been looking for copies of this wonderful comedy since it's cancellation!

The wonderful cast and characters, and just hysterical writing made this show a winner in my book. Sadly, the public really never had a chance to appreciate it. David Hyde Pierce showed off his star qualities as Theodore and should have won many awards for the performances, long before Niles was an entity.

Clean and creative humor, slapstick, and sometimes just plain silliness made this show refreshing and fun.

Bring back episodes to syndication or DVDs, please!


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