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The West Wing 

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Series (1999–2006)
Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

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Presidential advisers get their personal lives hopelessly tangled up with professional duties as they try to conduct the business of running a country. Fictional Democratic President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet suffers no fools, and that policy alienates many. He and his dedicated staffers struggle to balance the needs of the country with the political realities of Washington, D.C., working through two presidential terms that include countless scandals, threats and political scuffles, as well as the race to succeed Bartlet as the leader of the free world. Written by Jwelch5742

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Trivia

Two characters on this show 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 this show is called Toby Zeigler. Alexander Butterfield was a Deputy Assistant to Nixon, while the Secret Service Agent assigned to President Bartlet is named "Ron Butterfield". See more »

Goofs

At one point, National Security Advisor Nancy McNally makes a reference to "M2 Bradleys with 120 mm guns". In reality, M2 Bradleys are Infantry Fighting Vehicles and are armed with 25mm guns. This was most likely a mixup with the Main Battle Tank M1 Abrams, which is armed with a 120mm gun. See more »

Quotes

Representative Matthew Santos: I don't care if it's three Bosnians, an Armenian, and a bus full of party clowns!
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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 »

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Referenced in TV Heaven, Telly Hell: Episode #1.6 (2006) See more »

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Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Making real drama out of politics
6 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

So much political reporting seems to be an attempt to fake a drama out of little material. I missed the West Wing when it started, but am catching up now, and find that it turns the specifics of politics into gripping human drama with a fast pace.

The camera seems to move as quickly as the people, following one conversation, then picking up another as two corridors intersect, and going off after that conversation instead. It's a remarkably effective dramatic device, that helps generate a sense of many topics, issues and personalities all being constantly on the move in response to events.

The acting is uniformly good, and often not on screen, Martin Sheen's president remains a constant presence shaping every story.


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