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The Powers That Be

The Powers That Be

The Powers That Be was a Norman Lear's NBC sitcom with John Forsythe as a bumbling U.S. senator, that made its debut on March 1992. The show aired at 8:30 p.m. Saturdays.
John Forsythe plays a slow-witted but handsome
government official with a domineering wife who manipulates his career. Sound familiar?
Think again. "This woman is not based on Nancy Reagan," said Holland Taylor, who plays the wife. Lear had an even bigger surprise for those who thought he was out to bash Nancy Reagan's husband, the former leader of the free world. "It will become apparent," Lear said, "that he is a Democratic senator. The Republicans do not have a lock on empty suits."
This senator also had an anorexic daughter, a suicidal son-in-law, and an illegitimate adult daughter whom he met when reporters were waiting for his re-election campaign announcement.

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Final: 2x13 -- Grandma's Big Decision (Jun/19/1993)

John Forsythe
As Sen. William Powers
Holland Taylor
As Margaret Powers
Eve Gordon
As Jordon Miller
Peter MacNicol
As Bradley Grist
Valerie Mahaffey
As Caitlyn Van Horne
David Hyde Pierce
As Rep. Theodore Van Horne
Elizabeth Berridge
As Charlotte
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
As Pierce Van Horne
Robin Bartlett
As Sophie Lipkin

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Creator: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
Executive Producer: Norman Lear, Rod Parker
Supervising Producer: Rod Burton
Producer: Patricia Fass Palmer
Editor: Vince Humphrey
Costume Designer: Eric Van Wagoner (1)
Associate Director: Selig Frank

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Warning: The Powers That Be guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy | Politics
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Saturdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: March 07, 1992
Ended: June 19, 1993
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