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



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


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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Won the Best Drama Series Emmy in each of its first four seasons. See more »


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 »


President Josiah Bartlet: [Before the State of the Union, Bartlet is counseling a cabinet member on what to do in the event of a terrorist attack] You got a best friend?
Roger: Yes, sir.
President Josiah Bartlet: Is he smarter than you?
Roger: Yes, sir.
President Josiah Bartlet: Would you trust him with your life?
Roger: Yes, sir.
President Josiah Bartlet: That's your Chief of Staff.
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The special post-9/11 episode was broadcast without the regular opening credits. Instead, the episode began with the cast, out of character, speaking about the episode, followed by credits on a black screen. See more »


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Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude
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Making real drama out of politics
6 December 2004 | by (Oxford, England) – 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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