The West Wing (1999–2006)

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Inside the lives of staffers in the west wing of the White House.


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Top 250 TV #81 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 115 wins & 245 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
 C.J. Cregg (154 episodes, 1999-2006)
 Leo McGarry (154 episodes, 1999-2006)
 Josh Lyman (154 episodes, 1999-2006)
 President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet / ... (154 episodes, 1999-2006)
 Donna Moss (149 episodes, 1999-2006)
 Toby Ziegler (144 episodes, 1999-2006)
 Charlie Young (136 episodes, 1999-2006)
 Margaret / ... (105 episodes, 1999-2006)
 Carol Fitzpatrick / ... (101 episodes, 1999-2006)
 Sam Seaborn (84 episodes, 1999-2006)
 Will Bailey (80 episodes, 2002-2006)
 Abbey Bartlet (69 episodes, 1999-2006)


When the erudite Democrat Josiah "Jed" Bartlet is elected U.S. president, he installs his administration. He places confidants from his electoral campaigns in the White House. Each of these people play a significant role in the Washington power game: the Chief of Staff (Leo McGarry), his deputy (Josh Lyman), Communications Director (Toby Ziegler), deputy (Sam Seaborn, and later, Will Bailey), and press secretary (CJ Cregg). Also in key positions are the assistants of each of the power players. We follow these people through many political battles, as well as some personal ones. Also playing roles are the First Lady (Abigail Bartlet), the President's daughters (Elizabeth, Eleanor, and Zoey), and the personal aide to the President (Charlie Young). All make this series, which supposedly follows the political events (often paraphrasing historical reality) almost day by day, more than merely a political soap. The demands of office on each character show the personal sacrifice and the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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The name Josh Lyman is from a Doonesbury strip in the 1990s. He also worked in the White House. The "West Wing" Lyman actually has the strip in his office. See more »


In a couple of instances, Secret Service agents are seen holding an umbrella for a protectee. In reality, Secret Service agents must keep their hands free at all times. See more »


Sen. Arnold Vinick: [closing remarks at Republican Convention] My commitment to strive to be worthy of the example of the great men who have gone before. Presidents walk in giant footsteps. They have magnificent legacies to uphold. I stand here on this day and put my name forth, as one who aspires to their example, who will daily make that sacrifice, who will honor not just the office, but the people that office serves. *Their* President of these United States of America.
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27 August 2003 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I couldn't get into the West Wing when it began its run. The people spoke too quickly, I didn't get most of the references, and where the heck were they powerwalking to? I just didn't get it. After an episode or two, I just forgot about it.

On a recent weekend, though, I heard the pilot was being broadcast and thought I'd give it a try. Watching this show from the beginning - and being able to see episodes over again - makes all the difference. This time, I realized that I wasn't *supposed* to understand what they were referring to right out of the gate; it would be explained before the episode ended. After watching the pilot, I also realized that unlike most TV shows, The West Wing episodes are visual manifestations of great books. Both force the viewer to ask questions, challenging simple answers, refusing to provide easy, fixed-in-60-minutes situations, and providing sudden, unexpected plot twists.

As excellent as the actor's performances are, it's the writing that makes the show so good. It doesn't shy away from moral ambiguity, it rarely takes the easy way out, and it compels you to believe in your government despite all the reasons it gives you to despair of it.

Some might think that only jingoistic supernationalists enjoy the West Wing, but neither of those words describe me. I feel very comfortable questioning the decisions my government makes, and I appreciate how the West Wing has broadened my understanding of how it operates. For that reason alone, it deserves the accolades it receives. It's one of the best shows in the history of television.

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