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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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Did You Know?


Janel Moloney was never supposed to be a regular. Co-star Bradley Whitford pointed out the obvious chemistry between the characters of Josh and Donna, and Aaron Sorkin agreed. Nevertheless, Moloney was credited as a guest star for the entire first season. The first time her name appears in the opening credits is in Episode 2.1 "In The Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part I." To the horror of her father, in particular, her last name was misspelled; this was subsequently corrected. See more »


During outdoor scenes filmed for the 1999-2000 first season, the Washington Monument can be seen in the background encased in an elaborate blue mesh scaffolding used while the monument was undergoing a major renovation. However, in stock overhead shots used during the same episodes, the Washington Monument appears without the scaffolding (i.e., as it normally appears). See more »


[still new to the White House, Josh can't find his desk]
Josh Lyman: I'll just walk around some more and see if I can get into a pick-up meeting.
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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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West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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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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