The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV Series  -   -  Drama
8.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.8/10 from 31,707 users  
Reviews: 201 user | 21 critic

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

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 06 May 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 26 Jul 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 20 Oct 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 27 Jan 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The West Wing" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The West Wing (1999–2006)

The West Wing (1999–2006) on IMDb 8.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The West Wing.

User Polls

Season:

7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1

Year:

2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 89 wins & 177 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Homeland (TV Series 2011)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

When Marine Nicolas Brody is hailed as a hero after he returns home from eight years of captivity in Iraq, intelligence officer Carrie Mathison is the only one who suspects that he may have been "turned".

Stars: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin
House of Cards (TV Series 2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Michael Gill, Robin Wright
Mad Men (TV Series 2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser
Downton Abbey (TV Series 2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Beginning in the years leading up to World War I, the drama centers on the Crawley family and their servants.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern
ER (1994–2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The work and lives of a group of emergency room doctors in Chicago.

Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies
Orange Is the New Black (TV Series 2013)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning
In Treatment (TV Series 2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A psychotherapist questions his abilities and gets help by reuniting with his old therapist, whom he has not seen for ten years.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes
Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

A drama series that takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional California family that runs an independent funeral home.

Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy
Boss (TV Series 2011)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Mayor Tom Kane, diagnosed with a dementia disorder, struggles to keep his grip on power in Chicago.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware
Treme (TV Series 2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Life after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans try to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique culture in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the USA.

Stars: Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens
Borgen (TV Series 2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A political drama about a prime minister's rise to power, and how power changes a prime minister.

Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Emil Poulsen
Big Love (2006–2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A polygamist and his relationship with his three wives.

Stars: Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny
Edit

Cast

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 Hooper / ... (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)
Edit

Storyline

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 Zeigler), 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Right place. Right time. right man. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

West Wing  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Two characters on "The West Wing" share the same distinctive names as two people involved with the Nixon presidency. Ronald L. Ziegler was Nixon's press secretary, while the Director of Communications in "The West Wing" is called Toby Zeigler. Alexander Butterfield was a deputy assistant to Nixon, while the Secret Service agent assigned to President Bartett is named Ron Butterfield. See more »

Goofs

Episode 4.02, Twenty Hours in America Part II, Donna, Josh an Toby are soaking wet when the go into the hotel, but in the next shot, when Toby an Josh have crossed the lobby they and their clothes are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Representative Matthew Santos: Who's that hugging Mommy?
See more »

Crazy Credits

Episode titles are usually the first thing shown on screen (after recaps). This is one of the only American series to show episode titles before its opening credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.8 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Sorkin or no Sorkin, still the best show on TV!
13 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first caught "The West Wing" for two reasons: 1) our school was AGAIN on strike and 2) I had a crush on Annabeth Gish from "The X-Files", and I'd heard she was going to be in the Season 5 premiere. I watched a few eps on Bravo to get a little background so I wouldn't come in completely cold (my very first ep was "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet", which is still in my top ten). It took me awhile to get used to Aaron Sorkin's writing style, but by this point, it's my absolute favorite show.

I think that the idiot Republicans who b**** about the "liberal bias" are, well, idiots. The show is written by a very openly liberal guy, so why are you surprised? It's not like AS is a Republican, and NBC forced him to write a "liberal" show. THEN you might have a case for complaining. Besides, very few Republican characters are presented as "evil". Besides the obvious (Ainsley Hayes and Cliff Calley), most of the other guys are presented as against the president's agenda, which DOES NOT EQUATE WITH EVIL, unless maybe you are an intolerant far-right Republican who thinks people against the war in Iraq like Martin Sheen are "evil" and "un-American" (I was for the war personally, and I'm not saying ALL Republicans). There are a few guys, like John Diehl's Claypool, or the congressman from "Bartlet For America", or Bruce Weitz and Paul Provenza, who are portrayed as rather unlikeable, but they are an aberration on this show. And most Republican view points are given a fair airing, at least.

That said, there's not a whole lot I can say about this show that hasn't already been said a hundred times over. The writing, acting, and direction is arguably the best in television history, and I now prefer it to "The X-Files". Besides the marvelous starring cast (save Moira Kelly and Joshua Malina), there's also an excellent supporting cast as well, and fantastic guest casting. Tim Matheson is my favorite non-regular character as the egotistical, self-serving yet intelligent and likable Vice President Hoynes. Then there Timothy Busfield, Anna Deveare Smith, Marlee Matlin, Roger Rees, Emily Procter, and John Amos, and many other very memorable characters. My favorite one-shot guest star has to Karl Malden's Father Cavanaugh from "Take This Sabbath Day" (the death penalty episode).

I think that all of the main characters do outstanding jobs. Martin Sheen is really the glue that holds the show together, so I'm glad they decided to make him a regular. He isn't THE star, but he is simply wonderful, and his interaction with the cast is a focal point of the show.

The whole cast, indeed, provides us with one of the best ensembles in television history. Rob Lowe did a much better job than I expected he would with his role as Sam, the deputy communications director. Stockard Channing simply blows the doors off the place as the First Lady. Dule Hill never has a whole lot of screen time as Charlie, Bartlet's personal aide, but he usually injects a fun shot in the arm. Janel Moloney is really cute and side-splittingly hilarious as Donna, Josh eager-beaver assistant. Allison Janney as CJ, the press secretary, is a bit of a sore spot for me, however. In the first few seasons she was great, a character with intelligence and a great sense of humor. However, in recent years (and this I blame on the writing) her character has devolved into a whiny feminazi (see "The Women of Qumar"), just a notch above Mary-Louise Parker's Amy Gardner (a character I like, but most people don't). However, Janney is a talented enough actress to largely overcome this. Richard Schiff is fantastic as Toby Ziegler, the prickly, mumbly Communications Director. And then there's John Spencer as my favorite character, chief of staff Leo McGarry, a recovering alcholic, drug addict, and Vietnam vet who represses his emotions very well, but has a very deep sense of loyalty to all his friends and employees. Spencer gives a bravura performance week after week, and he is totally believable in the role. His greatest moments were his dialogue with the fired White House staffer in "Take Out The Trash Day", and the very end of "Bartlet For America" (of course). Wonderful actor. And then there's Bradley Whitford, as the egotistical but good-natured Josh Lyman, Leo's deputy, who is as every bit as loyalistic as Leo. (BTW, I hope that Josh and Donna NEVER get together; remember Mulder and Scully on "The X-Files", anyone?) Whitford starred one of the best episodes ever, "Noel", where he overcame his bout with PTSD. And of course, Martin Sheen I've already commented on. Moira Kelly and Joshua Malina are fine actors, but they were given rather poor characters to work with, and just didn't fit in to the fabric of the show.

As to the departure of Sorkin: certainly the show has declined in quality, is less humorous, and there have been a good amount of stinky episodes this past year ("Access", anyone?), but Season Five of "The West Wing" is still almost infinitely better than anything else on TV. "7A WF 83429", "The Stormy Present", "The Warfare of Genghis Khan", "An Khe", the rightfully well-loved, Sorkinesque "The Supremes", "Gaza", and "Memorial Day". BTW, quit ragging on Gary Cole as the new VPOTUS, guys, just because he was in "Office Space". Tim Matheson was Otter in "Animal House", and I didn't any of you bring that up when he first showed up.

My favorite episodes are "Take This Sabbath Day", "And It's Surely To Their Credit", "Lord John Marbury", "A Proportional Response", and "Noel". I'm sorry I didn't too much deeper, but really, what could I say about this show that everyone else here hasn't already.

A bazillion stars for the greatest show in television history IMO.


93 of 135 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Funniest line in the series aflack18
Cringe-inducing lines/scenes susanemccool
Scenes that brought tears susanemccool
Season Five's 'Access' susanemccool
Resignations Sonatine97
John Goodman susanemccool
Discuss The West Wing (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page