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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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Aaron Sorkin
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Series cast summary:
Allison Janney ...  C.J. Cregg 155 episodes, 1999-2006
John Spencer ...  Leo McGarry 155 episodes, 1999-2006
Bradley Whitford ...  Josh Lyman 155 episodes, 1999-2006
Martin Sheen ...  Jed Bartlet / ... 155 episodes, 1999-2006
Janel Moloney ...  Donna Moss 150 episodes, 1999-2006
Richard Schiff ...  Toby Ziegler 145 episodes, 1999-2006
Dulé Hill ...  Charlie Young 137 episodes, 1999-2006
NiCole Robinson ...  Margaret / ... 106 episodes, 1999-2006
Melissa Fitzgerald ...  Carol Fitzpatrick / ... 102 episodes, 1999-2006
Rob Lowe ...  Sam Seaborn 85 episodes, 1999-2006
Joshua Malina ...  Will Bailey 80 episodes, 2002-2006
Stockard Channing ...  Abbey Bartlet 69 episodes, 1999-2006
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Storyline

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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Right place. Right time. Right man. See more »

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Official Sites:

NBC [United States]

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USA

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English

Release Date:

22 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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West Wing See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

For the first season, Stockard Channing and Allison Janney received Emmy nominations for Supporting Actress. Janney, who eventually won, did the whole season as a regular cast member. Channing did three episodes as a Special Guest Star. A similar thing happened for the third season, when Channing, Janel Moloney and Mary-Louise Parker were nominated for Supporting Actress. Channing won, having done ten episodes, but was now part of the opening sequence. Moloney did the whole season as a regular cast member, and Parker only did seven episodes as a Guest Star. For the sixth season, Alan Alda was nominated for Supporting Actor having done six episodes as a Special Guest Star. He won the following year, but for the last season, he was a regular on the show. See more »

Goofs

In a couple of episodes, New Hampshire State Trooper cruisers are shown as brown, and have red and blue lights. In reality, the cruisers are green and have only blue lights on the top. See more »

Quotes

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

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 »

Alternate Versions

The first airing of the episode "20 Hours in America" contained a scene between President Bartlet and the First Lady in which they good-naturedly tease each other, calling each other Medea and Jackass. This scene was not included in subsequent reruns because of commercial limitations and was also not included on the DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Option Period (2006) See more »

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Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Brilliant
27 August 2003 | by whiteotterSee all my reviews

I couldn't get into the West Wing when it began its run. The people spoke too quickly, I didn't get most of the references, and where the heck were they powerwalking to? I just didn't get it. After an episode or two, I just forgot about it.

On a recent weekend, though, I heard the pilot was being broadcast and thought I'd give it a try. Watching this show from the beginning - and being able to see episodes over again - makes all the difference. This time, I realized that I wasn't *supposed* to understand what they were referring to right out of the gate; it would be explained before the episode ended. After watching the pilot, I also realized that unlike most TV shows, The West Wing episodes are visual manifestations of great books. Both force the viewer to ask questions, challenging simple answers, refusing to provide easy, fixed-in-60-minutes situations, and providing sudden, unexpected plot twists.

As excellent as the actor's performances are, it's the writing that makes the show so good. It doesn't shy away from moral ambiguity, it rarely takes the easy way out, and it compels you to believe in your government despite all the reasons it gives you to despair of it.

Some might think that only jingoistic supernationalists enjoy the West Wing, but neither of those words describe me. I feel very comfortable questioning the decisions my government makes, and I appreciate how the West Wing has broadened my understanding of how it operates. For that reason alone, it deserves the accolades it receives. It's one of the best shows in the history of television.


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