Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

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 C.J. Cregg (155 episodes, 1999-2006)
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 Leo McGarry (155 episodes, 1999-2006)
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 Josh Lyman (155 episodes, 1999-2006)
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 President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet / ... (155 episodes, 1999-2006)
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 Donna Moss (150 episodes, 1999-2006)
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 Toby Ziegler (145 episodes, 1999-2006)
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 Charlie Young (137 episodes, 1999-2006)
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 Margaret / ... (106 episodes, 1999-2006)
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 Carol Fitzpatrick / ... (102 episodes, 1999-2006)
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 Sam Seaborn (85 episodes, 1999-2006)
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 Will Bailey (80 episodes, 2002-2006)
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 Abbey Bartlet (70 episodes, 1999-2006)
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Cutthroat 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

Eugene Levy was at one time considered to play Toby Ziegler. See more »

Goofs

During much of the series, characters refer to "battle carrier groups" as the group of ships that are grouped with an aircraft carrier. The real term for this is "carrier battle group". See more »

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Reporter: Would the White House care to comment on the expected contrast between the high degree of organization and discipline in the Republican Convention and the Democrats' anticipated free-for-all?
Annabeth Schott: I believe the American people will be the beneficiaries, in that they will be presented with a clear choice: do they want to be governed by people who are animated, or animatronic?
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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 Hollywood and the Muslim World (2003) See more »

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Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Charming and intelligent drama - a joy to watch
16 May 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This gem of a series really took me by surprise. Observing the world of American politics and the lives of those working in the White House could be an extremely dull concept. But thanks to an outstanding script and the wonderful skills of the experienced cast, The West Wing effortlessly draws the viewer in and provides top quality drama in every action-packed episode.

Following the trials and triumphs of those working behind-the-scenes in and around the Oval Office, this series perfectly portrays the shrewdness that the president and his staff require to do their jobs and the way they inter-relate in a manic environment to get those jobs done, while still managing to maintain a personal life. Combining a subtle mix of poignancy, humour and dramatic tension with varying degrees of pace, it is a joy to watch.

Each episode is relatively self-contained with running storylines developing throughout the series. The characters are perfectly rounded, the script continually sharp, and credit goes to the directors and editors who ensure such slick movement and spot-on timing on screen.

Singling out any particular member of the cast is difficult as each one of them is truly first-rate. However, Martin Sheen is excellent as President Bartlet, a fiercely intelligent and discerning man with a genuine passion for his job. Rob Lowe is a revelation as Sam Seaborn, the wise and witty deputy communications director, and Allison Janney, as the astute press secretary, CJ, is far removed from her almost unrecognisable role as Barbara Fitts in American Beauty.

Whether White House life is in reality as appealing as this remains to be seen. It would, however, be very reassuring to believe that those who actually do hold such influential positions are as unashamedly charming as The West Wing brilliantly depicts them.


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