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The Bold Ones: The Senator 

Hays Stowe is a new senator who comes to Washington DC with his wife Erin and daughter Norma. He arrives full of optimism that being on the side of justice can help him change things for ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Hal Holbrook ...  Senator Hays Stowe 8 episodes, 1970-1971
Michael Tolan ...  Jordan Boyle 8 episodes, 1970-1971
Kate Hawley Kate Hawley ...  Jennie / ... 5 episodes, 1970-1971
Sharon Acker ...  Ellen Stowe 4 episodes, 1970-1971
John Randolph ...  Gov. George Keller 3 episodes, 1970-1971
Cindy Eilbacher ...  Norma Stowe 3 episodes, 1970-1971
Edward Binns ...  Arthur Beresford 2 episodes, 1970
Bernie Hamilton ...  Dr. Benjamin Edwards 2 episodes, 1970
Paul Stewart ...  Gen. Harry Collins 2 episodes, 1970
Robert Pratt Robert Pratt ...  Zach / ... 2 episodes, 1970
Peter Brocco ...  Senator Bevan 2 episodes, 1970-1971
Pamela McMyler ...  Jennie 2 episodes, 1970
Regis Cordic ...  Senator Tomlinson 2 episodes, 1970-1971
John Marley ...  Mayor Bob Wisnovsky / ... 2 episodes, 1970
Laurence Luckinbill ...  Chancellor Steinitz 2 episodes, 1970
Noam Pitlik ...  Frank Bettancourt 2 episodes, 1970
Randolph Mantooth ...  Lt. Tony Caffey 2 episodes, 1970
Ron Stokes Ron Stokes ...  2nd Reporter / ... 2 episodes, 1970-1971
Jesse Vint ...  Pvt. Wilson 2 episodes, 1970
James Iglehart ...  1st Student 2 episodes, 1970
James MacHeath James MacHeath ...  2nd Student 2 episodes, 1970
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Hays Stowe is a new senator who comes to Washington DC with his wife Erin and daughter Norma. He arrives full of optimism that being on the side of justice can help him change things for the better. His chief aide Jordan Boyle is there to assist him.

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13 September 1970 (USA) See more »

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(8 episodes)

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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The characters originally appeared in the 2 hour TV-movie/pilot film A Clear and Present Danger (1970). See more »

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A decent gem from the early 1970s
23 December 2008 | by GMJamesSee all my reviews

I must have been 8 or 9 years old when "The Bold Ones" first premiered. The fact that the show aired on NBC Sunday nights at 10:00 meant that I should have been asleep for school the next day. I do remember that the subject matter of all four segments ("The New Doctors", "The Lawyers", "The Protectors" and "The Senator") was definitely for mature TV audiences. Considering the era of the late 1960s-early 1970s, when several TV programs started to evolve and created entertaining stories with some social significance, I can see why "The Bold Ones" was a partial success, at least by some critics but not to the general public. The series never ranked in the top 20 and two segments, "The Protectors" and "The Senator," lasted just one season.

In the past few months, the U.S. digital channel Retro Television Network (RTN) started to air numerous TV shows from the Universal/Revue television library. I'm very glad to rediscover "The Bold Ones" and, specifically, the multiple Emmy award-winning segment "The Senator" with Hal Holbrook playing the fair-minded, idealistic junior U.S. Senator Hays Stowe from an unidentified state.

As of this posting, I had a chance to revisit two episodes after over 38 years since their last airings. In "George Washington Told a Lie", a dam project proposed by Sen. Stowe is on land that would displace a group of Native Americans. In "The Day the Lion Died", Stowe confronts a fellow senator who might be suffering from a serious mental condition. With both episodes, especially the latter, which features an award-worthy performance by Will Geer as the eccentric senate member, I got the sense that the story telling quality was raised a few notches. The pace may have been slow but, at the same time, literate, deliberate and it did not insult my intelligence.

Looking at "The Senator" in 2008, it reminds me of some of the strong qualities of the more successful "The West Wing". It does make me wonder if Sen. Hays Stowe became candidate for U.S. President, would he still have that idealism or would he be corrupted. It is interesting to note that both shows won Emmys for best drama series. Once in a while, quality does triumph over quantity.

Update (July 2, 2015): "The Bold Ones: The Senator: The Complete Series" was released on DVD by Timeless Media/Shout! Factory.


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