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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

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English

Release Date:

7 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Altas esferas See more »

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Runtime:

(21 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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: Theodore, tell us about your day.
Theodore: Well, thank God, it's almost over.
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Connections

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

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Brilliant society comedy - where's the DVD????
4 October 2005 | by MartinPhSee all my reviews

This series was a shining jewel and a white raven amidst an overload of mediocre US sitcoms. Intelligent, witty, and hilariously funny, it contained brilliantly absurd, unforgettable one-liners (like hysterical Caitlyn's desperate observation: "Ventriloquism is tearing this family apart!"). While the wife (Holland Taylor) is obsessively trying to promote the senator's position in society, an ambition constantly undermined by her dysfunctional family, the senator himself (John Forsyth in a fabulous parody on Blake Carrington) is more interested in dallying with his secretary and socializing with his extramarital daughter. Valerie Maheffey as his daughter Caitlyn created one of the funniest comedy characters ever.

I had the presence of mind to tape most episodes when this series aired. But I most sincerely concur with a previous reviewer in wondering why, with so much utter c**p issued on DVD, this is still unavailable. Could somebody please change that?


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