The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Santos and his staff prepare for the inauguration as Bartlet and his team look back on their years in the White House. Series Finale.


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Santos and his staff prepare for the inauguration as Bartlet and his team look back on their years in the White House. Series Finale.

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14 May 2006 (USA)  »

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The action for the swearing in was actually shot on a small replica of the capitol platform built on a parking lot at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. See more »


Railing against how cold it will be outside on the dais during the inauguration, Abbey Bartlett asks "Who in his right mind decided that January would be the right time to hold an outdoor ceremony north of the equator?" President Bartlett replies "Jefferson, Adams, Franklin". President Bartlett, being a fan of historical minutiae, would know better. Inauguration Day, was on March 4 from 1793 until 1933. It was changed to January 20th by the 20th amendment. See more »


Deborah Fiderer: [briefing Ronna on her duties] Your most important job is keeping track of who's going in and out of the oval office. The first thing you'll need to do is establish who'll have walk-in privileges. Usually it's just the First Lady and the Chief of Staff. At some point the President is going to ask you to take away his wife's walk-in privileges... don't do it. No matter how much he begs.
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A sad goodbye for many reasons
4 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The first two seasons of this show were amazing, the third and fourth not as good, but still fine.

And then Rob Lowe left, then Aaron Sorkin, and the show got so bloated by its own self importance it went downhill. It also had to deal with the sad loss of John Spencer late in the run too.

So where does that leave us for this final episode? Well, many of our favourite characters have been pushed to the sidelines, replaced by ones not half as likable, so as an audience we feel as lost as Charlie/Will do.

There are nice moments, but it just doesn't feel like the swashbuckling 'West Wing' that debuted seven seasons earlier. The fact that Toby doesn't appear also feels odd. I mean we get Rob Lowe back (for about two lines) but come on - it's Toby! We've come a long way since 'Two Cathedrals', arguably the show at its best. And sadly it's been a rocky rode.

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