Mister Sterling

NBC (ended 2003)


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Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • Sins of the Father
      Sins of the Father
      Episode 10
      As Sterling's father arrives in Washington to celebrate his birthday, the old man is suddenly accused of having taken bribes when he was a governor. Meanwhile, the younger Sterling is invited to speak before the National Press Club, and Jackie advises him to choose his topic carefully because this is the speech that will define him as a senator.moreless
    • Final Passage
      Final Passage
      Episode 9
      Discovering that only two other senators support his prison education proposal, Sterling adopts every senator's last resort - a filibuster. His only allies are his new girlfriend, movie star Lauren Barnes, and a technicality involving the legal ceiling on the national debt.
    • Wish List
      Wish List
      Episode 8
      Mr. Sterling tries getting funding for a prison-education program and for an arts-education program that a famous actress wants.
    • The Statewide Swing
      With the campaign for his seat heating up, Sterling is advised to spend some time back in his state, so he holds a campaign fund-raiser at his father's house and attends the funeral of an L.A. cop who was killed in the line of duty. But he gets in trouble with the man's widow when a reporter reveals Sterling's opposition to the death penalty. Meanwhile, Tommy discovers to his displeasure that he is no longer allowed on the Democratic National Committee's softball team since Sterling became an independent.moreless
    • Nothing Personal
      Nothing Personal
      Episode 6
      Reunited with his former college roommate, Senator Sterling agrees to help his college alum win an appointment as the Assistant Secretary to the Treasury for International Affairs. However, the seemingly airtight appointment runs into trouble when the Senator's friend is unfairly pegged as an environmental racist. Elsewhere, the list of applicants campaigning for the Senator's seat grows as local billionaire George Clooney throws his hat in the ring.moreless
    • Human Error
      Human Error
      Episode 5
      Senator Sterling finds himself battling the Immigration and Naturalization Service when he attempts to help a member of his office's janitorial staff re-enter the country after she travels to Guatemala for her mother's funeral. Meanwhile, frustrated by the continuous debate over increasing the minimum wage, the Senator breaks protocol -- against the advice of Tommy -- in the hopes of forcing a vote, and then re-examines the complexity of the federal tax forms.moreless
    • Technical Corrections
      Settling into his daily routine, Senator Sterling attends his first finance committee meeting only to be pulled prematurely when Jackie discovers the freshman Senator is unknowingly footing the bill for his luxury hotel suite. Meanwhile, Tommy councils Sterling on a bill regarding the missile-defense shield - and the Senator's "no" vote could cost thousands of jobs for his California constituents.moreless
    • Game Time
      Game Time
      Episode 3
      Days after taking office, Senator Sterling is pushed by a determined Jackie to make a life-altering decision to begin his campaign for reelection. As the Senator grapples with this commitment, former chief-of-staff Arthur Peyton goes shopping for a billion-dollar Democratic candidate while the Republicans anoint a wealthy businesswoman of their own to run in California. Elsewhere, Leon struggles with his relationship with roommate Laura Chandler who is Sterling's media adversary. William Russ also stars.moreless
    • Next Question
      Next Question
      Episode 2
      Senator Sterling fields questions during his first official press conference and against the advice of his Chief of Staff Jackie Brock responds to the dreaded drug issue, opening the flood gates for his political foes. Prompted by his son's uncomfortable appearance behind the podium former California Governor Bill Sterling Sr. heads to Washington D.C. to offer some political advice. Elsewhere, Senior Senator Jackson preys on the naïve Sterling's admiration, asking for his endorsement on a questionable bill. Meanwhile, Tommy Doyle and Leon Montero attempt to come up with a suitable answer for the drug question.moreless
    • Pilot
      Episode 1
      An independent who is not a politician is appointed to fill a vacancy left by the death of an incumbent.