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The West Wing (1999)
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent
Did I mention I think this show is excellent? I am, unfortunately, a late bloomer with regard to being a Winger. However, thanks to the Bravo channel airing the show's previous four seasons, I have been able to catch up with what's been going on in Aaron Sorkin's White House.
Yes, the show is extremely fast paced. I suggest you do what I do and tape the show while you are watching it. Then, you can play it back once or twice so that you catch the one-liners that snuck by the first time.
It's not a show for everyone. Some may find the quick lines and fast paced action too frustrating to watch. I think this is one of those shows that you either hate or you love. I don't see any middle ground here. But, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Trust me, it's not all about boring politics. There are enough non-political plots to keep your interest.
So far, my favorite episode has been one that takes place at Christmas time (I believe it's from the first season). Toby pulls some strings to provide a military funeral with an honor guard for a Korean War Vet who is found deceased in a DC park. The final scene mixes footage from a White House celebration with a children's choir in attendance singing `Little Drummer Boy' with footage from the military funeral Toby arranged and attends at Arlington Cemetery. If this scene doesn't bring tears to your eyes, I suggest you contact the people from `Guinness' as you are somehow surviving life while having no heart.