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Air Date: September 22nd, 1999

Network: NBC

Series Summary
The White House staff addresses political and personal issues.

Rating: TVPG

Genres: Drama, Politics

Episodes

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  • One of The West Wing's executive producers is ER's John Wells, and the new series replicates that show's swooping cameras and frenetic pace. Combine this visual style with a slightly toned-down version of the overlapping dialogue Sorkin uses in his other series, ABC's Sports Night, and you've got one zippy little hour. That's good, because when you stop and examine each plot strand, the show starts to unravel. Show More

  • One serious failing of the pilot is that, well, the group is nearly all white. There's barely a healthy tan in the bunch. Sorkin and Wells claim this is true only of the first episode and that more people of color will be added in subsequent hours....They better be. Not only is their absence an affront to minorities everywhere, it's an insult to our intelligence in what otherwise is a very smart show. [22 Sept 1999, p.47] Show More

  • The drama series is well-acted, smoothly produced but surprisingly resistible. Sorkin writes bright dialogue and juggles fast-moving plots, but his White House intrigue and staffers aren't that compelling. [22 Sept 1999, p.E1] Show More

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated Outstanding Drama Series
Nominated Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Nominated Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Drama Series
Winner Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004)
Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Nominated Best Television Series - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Drama Series
Winner Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Winner Outstanding Drama Series
Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Winner Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Winner Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Winner Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Nominated Best Television Series - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Winner Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Nominated Outstanding Drama Series
Winner Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Nominated Best Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001)
Winner Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001)
Winner Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001)
Nominated Best Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominated Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Winner Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001)
Winner Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Winner Outstanding Drama Series
Winner Best Television Series - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Winner Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Winner Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Nominated Best Television Series - Drama
Winner Outstanding Drama Series
Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Winner Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Winner Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Winner Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Winner Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series