The West Wing (1999–2006)

The Debate (6 Nov. 2005)

TV Episode   |  TV-14   |    |  Drama

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A live debate between Santos and Vinick, performed once for the east coast and once for the west.


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Alex Graves


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Lawrence O'Donnell

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15 March 2011 | General_420
| An Original, Perceptive, and Accurate Debate
This episode is original, perceptive, and accurate. It is remarkable how each side portray their viewpoints on different political issues – health care, education, dependency on foreign oil, etc. The West Wing has always been a great show examining a vast array of political issues – while remaining fair to both Democrats and Republicans.

This episode is not like conventional episodes. It is literally a passionate debate between two sides. While watching the debate, I felt very engaged, it reminded of the first debate between President Obama and Senator McCain in the sense that an underdog is able to stand toe-to-toe with his competitor and debate with authority.

I highly recommend this episode because it felt like the old West Wing episodes that only Aaron Sorkin could deliver. Like many people that love the West Wing, I will agree that the show took a turn towards dull and uninspiring after Aaron Sorkin stopped writing, but this episode restored itself confirming that it is the best political show television has ever seen.

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