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A short lived series that aired on NBC in 2003, and starred Creator/JoshBrolin as the eponymous Sterling. Bill Sterling is the son of retired Democrat Senator Bill Sterling Sr. A dedicated idealist working to improve conditions for prisoners, after a senator dies, he is appointed to fill in as a Senator for the remainder of his term. The leaders of the Democratic party want him to play ball and vote along their lines, but he quickly establishes himself as an independent, marking himself as a bit of a wild card in the Senate.

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A short lived series that aired on NBC {{Creator/NBC}} in 2003, and starred Creator/JoshBrolin as the eponymous Sterling. Bill Sterling is the son of retired Democrat Senator Bill Sterling Sr. A dedicated idealist working to improve conditions for prisoners, after a senator dies, he is appointed to fill in as a Senator for the remainder of his term. The leaders of the Democratic party want him to play ball and vote along their lines, but he quickly establishes himself as an independent, marking himself as a bit of a wild card in the Senate.


* Eagleland: Mostly flavor 2, with Sterling and his staff mostly being flavor 1.

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* Eagleland: {{Eagleland}}: Mostly flavor 2, with Sterling and his staff mostly being flavor 1.


* CorruptionPolitician: A lot of the Senate. Sterling spends a lot of the episodes getting played because he doesn't realize others will be breaking their word.

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* CorruptionPolitician: BrokenPedestal: In the series finale, when his father is accused of being an embezzler and corruption. [[spoiler: Turns out he's clean.]]
* CorruptPolitician:
A lot of the Senate. Sterling spends a lot of the episodes getting played because he doesn't realize others will be breaking their word.



* FallenPedestal: In the series finale, when his father is accused of being an embezzler and corruption. [[spoiler: Turns out he's clean.]]

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A short lived series that aired on NBC in 2003, and starred Creator/JoshBrolin as the eponymous Sterling. Bill Sterling is the son of retired Democrat Senator Bill Sterling Sr. A dedicated idealist working to improve conditions for prisoners, after a senator dies, he is appointed to fill in as a Senator for the remainder of his term. The leaders of the Democratic party want him to play ball and vote along their lines, but he quickly establishes himself as an independent, marking himself as a bit of a wild card in the Senate.

The show is somewhat of a SpiritualSuccessor to Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington . Sadly, it was cancelled after ten episodes.

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* CorruptionPolitician: A lot of the Senate. Sterling spends a lot of the episodes getting played because he doesn't realize others will be breaking their word.
* Eagleland: Mostly flavor 2, with Sterling and his staff mostly being flavor 1.
* FallenPedestal: In the series finale, when his father is accused of being an embezzler and corruption. [[spoiler: Turns out he's clean.]]
* GovernmentProcedural: This is a series about the inner workings of the US Senate.
* HoldingTheFloor: Like it's inspiration, Sterling gives a filibuster for days on end to ensure that his point is heard.
* NobodyPoops: During the filibuster, Sterling really has to go, and his first order of business when given a break by his ally Senator Kate Robertson is to use the restroom.
* WideEyedIdealist: Sterling, which causes him some headaches due to the rest of the Senate taking advantage.

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