The West Wing

Series Summary
Cutthroat presidential advisers get their personal lives hopelessly tangled up with professional duties as they try to conduct the business of running a country. Fictional Democratic President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet suffers no fools, and that policy alienates many. He and his dedicated staffers struggle to balance the needs of the country with the political realities of Washington, D.C., working through two presidential terms that include countless scandals, threats and political scuffles, as well as the race to succeed Bartlet as the leader of the free world.

Air Dates: 1999 - Present

Genres: Drama, Politics

Network: NBC

  • Season 7, Ep. 22 : TomorrowMay 14, 2006

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    Santos and his staff prepare for the inauguration as Bartlet and his team look back on their years in the White House.

  • Season 7, Ep. 21 : Institutional MemoryMay 7, 2006

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    Administrational transition forces CJ and Will to contemplate their futures.

  • Season 7, Ep. 20 : The Last HurrahApr 30, 2006

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    Issues facing the new first family overwhelm Helen; Vinick ponders his future.

  • Season 7, Ep. 19 : TransitionApr 23, 2006

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    The president-elect places a call to the president of China and offers a different position from the one Bartlet currently espouses.

  • Season 7, Ep. 18 : RequiemApr 16, 2006

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    President Bartlet and his current and former staffers come together for Leo's funeral.

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  • 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

  • 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

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