The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Drama

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

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  • Dulé Hill at an event for The West Wing (1999)
  • Stockard Channing in The West Wing (1999)
  • Bradley Whitford at an event for The West Wing (1999)
  • Teri Polo and Bonita Friedericy at an event for The West Wing (1999)
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  • Allison Janney in The West Wing (1999)

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Cast & Crew

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Aaron Sorkin

Did You Know?


Real World issues explored in The West Wing include:

  • North Korean and Iranian nuclear ambitions
  • Strained relations and a state of brinkmanship between India and Pakistan
  • Legislation of the Central American Free Trade Agreement
  • The formation of the Minuteman Project
  • Peacemaking and terrorism in Palestine and Israel
  • The genocide in Darfur, Sudan
  • AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The Northern Ireland peace process
  • The War on Drugs and conflict in Colombia
  • Controversy over Intelligent design in schools
  • Brinkmanship and potential conflict between the People's Republic of China and Republic of China over Taiwan's political status
  • A federal government shutdown
  • The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act
  • Anthrax attacks against the Bush Administration
  • Federal funding for the arts
  • Peak oil and the consequences of a decline in global oil production
  • Federal subsidies for ethanol fuel given to corn growers
  • Student loan forgiveness for teachers
  • Invoking the 25th Amendment for an Acting President while the President is preoccupied with personal problems


President Josiah Bartlet: You got a best friend?
Roger: Yes, sir.
President Josiah Bartlet: Is he smarter than you?
Roger: Yes, sir.
President Josiah Bartlet: Would you trust him with your life?
Roger: Yes, sir.
President Josiah Bartlet: That's your Chief of Staff.


In a couple of instances, Secret Service agents are seen holding an umbrella for a protectee. In reality, Secret Service agents must keep their hands free at all times.

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 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.


Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude
Written by
Johann Sebastian Bach


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