Air Date: September 22nd, 1999
The White House staff addresses political and personal issues.
Season 7 - Episode 22 : Tomorrow May 14, 2006
Santos and his staff prepare for the inauguration as Bartlet and his team look back on their years in the White House.
Season 7 - Episode 21 : Institutional Memory May 7, 2006
Administrational transition forces CJ and Will to contemplate their futures.
Season 7 - Episode 20 : The Last Hurrah Apr 30, 2006
Issues facing the new first family overwhelm Helen; Vinick ponders his future.
Season 7 - Episode 19 : Transition Apr 23, 2006
The president-elect places a call to the president of China and offers a different position from the one Bartlet currently espouses.
Season 7 - Episode 18 : Requiem Apr 16, 2006
President Bartlet and his current and former staffers come together for Leo's funeral.
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
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
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