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The West Wing 

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Series (1999–2006)
Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

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Top Rated TV #65 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 118 wins & 253 nominations. See more awards »

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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
...  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 69 episodes, 1999-2006
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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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Jimmy Smits goes to Washington. See more »

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22 September 1999 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Seventeen actors and actresses from Aaron Sorkin's first show Sports Night (1998) appeared in this show, including Joshua Malina, Janel Moloney, Felicity Huffman, Ted McGinley, Lisa Edelstein, John de Lancie, Allen Garfield, and Clark Gregg. See more »

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We see the inside of Josh's apartment several times throughout the series, but it's different every time we see it. The architectural style is the same, but the layout and the wall colors differ. We know that he hasn't moved because Donna notes in Season 7 that she has had a key for six years. See more »

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Representative Matthew Santos: I don't care if it's three Bosnians, an Armenian, and a bus full of party clowns!
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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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Referenced in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: 4 A.M. Miracle (2007) See more »

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Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Making real drama out of politics
6 December 2004 | by 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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