The West Wing (1999–2006)

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The West Wing (1999) Poster

Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.


8.8/10
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  • Bradley Whitford at an event for The West Wing (1999)
  • Bradley Whitford at an event for The West Wing (1999)
  • Stockard Channing in The West Wing (1999)
  • Mary-Louise Parker in The West Wing (1999)
  • Allison Janney in The West Wing (1999)
  • Dulé Hill at an event for The West Wing (1999)

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Creator:

Aaron Sorkin

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27 August 2003 | whiteotter
Brilliant
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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Trivia

The show has a strong connection to the Revenge of the Nerds franchise. Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman) played Roger in Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987). Timothy Busfield (Danny Concannon) was Arnold Poindexter in the first two movies. Ted McGinley (Mark Gottfried) played Stan Gable in the first, third, and fourth movies. James Hong (the Chinese Ambassador) played Snotty in the second movie. John Goodman (President Glenallen Walken) was the football coach in Revenge of the Nerds (1984). James Cromwell (former President Newman) played Mr. Skolnick in all four movies. F. William Parker (Reverend Caldwell) was a policeman in the first movie.


Quotes

Representative Matthew Santos: Who's that hugging Mommy?


Goofs

Several times characters refer to military hardware by incomplete names; for example: "AIM Sidewinder" missile instead of AIM-9 Sidewinder (as well as saying A-I-M rather than saying the word "aim"), "AH Apache" helicopter instead of AH-64 Apache.


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.


Alternate Versions

The original broadcast and syndicated versions of the entire second season were in a 1.33:1 full-screen format, except on select HD broadcasters. The DVD versions of the second season episodes are in the filmed wide-screen format of 1.78:1


Soundtracks

Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude
(uncredited)
Written by
Johann Sebastian Bach

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Genres

Drama

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