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The West Wing (1999–2006)

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


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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 / ... (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)


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 Ziegler), 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

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


In 2012, cast members Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Melissa Fitzgerald, Joshua Malina, Lily Tomlin, Mary McCormack, and Martin Sheen appeared as their "West Wing" characters in a video supporting Michigan State Supreme Court candidate Bridget Mary McCormack (as well as raising awareness of the non-partisan section of the ballots in Michigan and many other states). Bridget Mary McCormack did win her election. She is the sister of actress Mary McCormack. See more »


White House sugar packets do not have labels or manufacturers' names on them, only a presidential seal. See more »


Donna Moss: She should stick around. Your whole campaign is like some Dr. Seuss nightmare - One Fish, Two Fish, Dead Fish, We Fought The Good Fight Fish.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Love Actually (2003) See more »


Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude
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The Best. Period
21 May 2004 | by (Midwest USA) – See all my reviews

This is the finest show ever produced for TV. Each episode is a triumph. The casting, the writing, the timing are all second to none. This cast performs miracles.

The secret to this show is that it is, at heart, a comedy, even when tragic things are happening. That gives Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff et al. the room to work. And do they ever.

It works because it is deep, the characters are well-drawn. Early in the first season, CJ gets a root canal and walks around for the rest of the episode with cotton stuffed in her mouth, yelling things like" The Pwesident must be bweefed!" This has to be seen to be believed. It had me literally on the floor, laughing until I feared I would hurt myself. I don't know how many shows have tried cheap stunts like that and they are just that, cheap. On "The West Wing" it works because we know CJ, we know how unlike her, and yet like her, that moment is. And Toby's slow-burn reaction is pitch perfect.


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