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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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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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Trivia

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

Bill: Well, I'm not gonna let anything ruin my day.
Sophie: Uh, too late, Senator. I got Margaret here on the phone.
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Connections

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

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The best! I still miss it!
15 April 1999 | by andrewj-3See all my reviews

This was a brilliant mix of satire, slapstick, and flat-out silliness. In tone it resembled some British sitcoms more than many American ones--that might have helped it fail (along with its incredibly lousy, undeserved time slot). It should have succeeded; I still find people who remember it and laugh. Fantastic cast, hilarious plots, and educated, witty writing (similar to "Frasier")...I wish one of the cable channels would pick up the episodes and show them again! I'd also be willing to pay for the set of episodes, just don't know where to find them.


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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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