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The West Wing

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Martin Sheen and Rob Lowe, as the U.S. President and his deputy communications director, play politics in this innovative Washington, D.C., drama series from award-winning producers John Wells, Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme.
Starring
Rob LoweMartin SheenDule Hill
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    22 September 1999
    41min
    15
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    The senior members of the White House staff are summoned to the office early in the morning to handle difficult situations: hundreds of Cubans are on their way across the Atlantic Ocean in search of freedom. Some members of the staff experience crises of their own.
  2. 2. Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc
    29 September 1999
    39min
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    Leo hires Mandy as a consultant to the President. Vice President Hoynes rebuffs C.J. when she tries to discuss a comment he made. Leo confronts Hoynes and insists that Hoynes understand his obligation to communicate with the President's press secretary.
  3. 3. A Proportional Response
    6 October 1999
    42min
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    When Danny, a reporter, learns about Sam's relationship with a call girl, he doesn't write a story about it because C.J. gives Danny a lead on a much bigger newsworthy item in exchange for his silence. The President plots revenge on terrorists as he gathers his advisors in the White House. His foul mood intimidates his new aide, Charlie, a college-age man whose mother was recently killed while ...
  4. 4. Five Votes Down
    13 October 1999
    42min
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    The staff has 72 hours to rescue a gun-control bill that needs five more votes in Congress to pass. Eventually they get four votes, so Leo reluctantly visits the vice president, and Hoynes promises he'll get the other vote. After the bill passes, Hoynes accepts credit given to him by the press for the gun bill's passage. The vice president invites Leo to a secret Alcoholics Anonymous meeting ...
  5. 5. The Crackpots And These Women
    20 October 1999
    42min
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    Leo assigns his senior staff the task of conducting private meetings with fringe groups that want attention from the White House. Toby discovers he was not the President's first choice for communications director. Bartlet, a former economics professor, impresses a meeting of economists with his knowledge. Josh discovers that the smallpox virus remains a threat to United States security. And ...
  6. 6. Mr. Willis Of Ohio
    3 November 1999
    42min
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    A mentally unbalanced woman with a gun climbs the White House fence. The Secret Service foils her plan to target Zoey. Toby and Mandy convince a nonpolitician, the husband of a deceased congresswoman, to vote against a census amendment in committee. Sam privately tutors C.J. on the Commerce Bill with regard to the census. While accompanying Zoey, Sam, Josh, C.J. and Mallory to a bar, Charlie in...
  7. 7. The State Dinner
    10 November 1999
    42min
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    The President and First Lady host a tense dinner at the White House honoring the president of Indonesia and his wife. Danny flirts with C.J. The President takes action against a group of survivalists in Idaho. Leo and the President try to forestall a strike by the Teamsters, a labor union composed of truck drivers. While a hurricane heads towards an American naval fleet, Bartlet reassures, by...
  8. 8. Enemies
    17 November 1999
    42min
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    The President embarrasses Vice President Hoynes during a cabinet meeting, and Danny finds out. In order to keep the story from print, C.J. arranges a meeting between Danny and the President. A banking reform bill that Bartlet supports nears passage, but it comes with a rider allowing strip mining on federal land. The dilemma over the bill is resolved when Josh finds a way for the President to ...
  9. 9. The Short List
    24 November 1999
    42min
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    The President confidentially chooses Judge Harrison as his nominee for the Supreme Court. His staff continues to search Harrison's past. When the President meets with the retiring justice, the justice insists that Bartlet consider Judge Roberto Mendoza (EDWARD JAMES OLMOS). Since he has not publicly announced his decision, Bartlet directs his staff to investigate Mendoza as well. When Sam unco...
  10. 10. In Excelsis Deo
    15 December 1999
    42min
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    Sam and Josh work on thwarting Congressman Lillienfield's accusation about drug abuse in the White House. Leo warns Bartlet that Leo may have to resign because of his former substance abuse. Toby arranges a full military funeral for a homeless Korean War veteran he never met. The murder of a homosexual high school student forces C.J. and members of the White House staff to reconsider hate crime...
  11. 11. Lord John Marbury
    5 January 2000
    42min
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    When India invades Kashmir and Bartlet worries about a nuclear threat to both countries, he asks the colorful, inebriated Lord John Marbury (ROGER REES), a former ambassador to New Delhi and an expert on India, to help with the crisis. A Republican anti-Bartlet group accuses the White House of running an internal investigation concerning recreational drug use by White House staffers as a result...
  12. 12. He Shall, From Time To Time...
    12 January 2000
    41min
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    The President and his staff prepare the State of the Union Address, but the President becomes ill. His naval doctor examines him in the living quarters. Mrs. Bartlet, a physician, orders various medical tests. She later reveals to Leo--and only Leo--that President Bartlet suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Later Bartlet further explains to Leo that his type of MS is called relapsing-remitti...
  13. 13. Take Out The Trash Day
    26 January 2000
    41min
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    The parents of a brutally murdered gay student are invited to witness the President sign a hate crimes bill into law even though the father doesn't believe that Bartlet expresses a strong enough position on gay rights. Sam and Josh make a deal that ensures there will be no Congressional hearing about Leo's drug problem. Sam terminates the woman responsible for exposing Leo's personnel file, but...
  14. 14. Take This Sabbath Day
    9 February 2000
    42min
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    On a Friday evening, the United States Supreme Court rejects the application for a stay of execution for Simon Cruz. The President of the United States is the only person capable of commuting a federal sentence. On Saturday morning, the Catholic President returns from a trip overseas. After Sam discusses the situation with the staff, Leo briefs the President on the Simon Cruz situation. Tha...
  15. 15. Celestial Navigation
    16 February 2000
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    Josh lectures to a large group of college students, recounting one day in the life of the harried senior White House staff. Meanwhile, Sam and Toby rush to Connecticut to help Supreme Court Justice nominee Roberto Mendoza. A man who never drinks alcohol, Mendoza was wrongfully arrested for drunk driving simply because he's Hispanic. But Mendoza refuses to leave the jail because the arrest viola...
  16. 16. 20 Hours In L.A.
    23 February 2000
    42min
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    The President and his staff fly to Los Angeles for a big fund-raiser, but the powerful Hollywood mogul hosting the event threatens to cancel if the President doesn't condemn an anti-gay bill. In Washington, Leo tries to coerce Hoynes to break a tie on a bill the President supports but the vice president doesn't support. Leo realizes that Hoynes' stance against the bill is the correct opinion a...
  17. 17. The White House Pro-Am
    22 March 2000
    42min
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    The First Lady's public comments on a White House appointment create problems for the President because he's afraid of incurring his wife's wrath. So Sam explains to Abby the importance of working with the President'a staff in the future. Zoey cancels her high-profile date with Charlie at a club opening because of death threats from white supremacists.
  18. 18. Six Meetings Before Lunch
    5 April 2000
    42min
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    The Senate confirms Mendoza's appointment to the Supreme Court. Josh interviews a nominee for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights who favors reparations to African Americans for the enslavement of their ancestors. The son of a major Democratic fund-raiser is arrested for felony drug possession and distribution at a party that Zoe attended. And Mandy wants a new panda for the National...
  19. 19. Let Bartlet Be Bartlet
    26 April 2000
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    Two members of the Federal Election Commission resign. Sam and Toby meet with military officers and congressmen to discuss homosexuals serving in the military. Admiral Fitzwallace enters the meeting and agrees that he doesn't believe gays should be in the military. But he adds that 50 years ago, no one thought African Americans could serve effectively. And an inflammatory memo that Mandy wr...
  20. 20. Mandatory Minimums
    3 May 2000
    42min
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    Armed with a new resolve to take chances, the Bartlet administration tackles the drug enforcement policy. Refusing to consider input from party leaders, the President announces his two nominations to the Federal Election Commission. His candidates believe in campaign finance reform--something unpopular with party leaders. And Toby meets with his ex-wife for advice.
  21. 21. Lies, Damn Lies And Statistics
    10 May 2000
    42min
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    Bartlet works to reform campaign finance by changing the makeup of the members on the Federal Campaign Commission. Sam's relationship with a prostitute is revealed. And new poll numbers indicate the President's approval rating is up 9 points.
  22. 22. What Kind Of Day Has It Been
    17 May 2000
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    An American Air Force fighter plane gets shot down over Iraq, and, eventually, the pilot is successfully rescued. The space shuttle--with Toby's astronaut brother on board--can't land because of mechanical problems. During a town hall meeting on a university campus, the President impresses college students and others in the crowd with his answers combining fact with humor. While Zoey, Charlie,...

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Directors
Thomas Schlamme
Supporting actors
Allison JanneyJohn SpencerRichard SchiffStockard ChanningMoira Kelly
Season year
2000
Network
Warner Bros.
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1428 global ratings

  1. 83% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 7% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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ACReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
First episode of one the best US TV series ever
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We watched every episode of The West Wing when it was shown here originally many years ago and really enjoyed it so we wondered about watching it again. Sometimes when we've done that with other programmes we've been disappointed to find that an old series we once enjoyed seems terribly dated or disappointing - but this wasn't the case with this one.

It's as we remembered it - fast moving, with fast dialogue, plenty going on with some serious themes and enough humour to keep it enjoyable. Apart from the fact that they were using pagers (remember them!) it didn't really seem terribly old-fashioned at all.

For 10p on Prime Video this episode is excellent value for money, and was enough for us to decide to watch the whole series again. However, doing that on Prime would be expensive so we have bought the complete set of DVDs to work our way through.
Archie HoustonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great storylines and acting
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One of the best series ever produced for telivision IMHO.
Mr. Pc MarlowReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 March 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this show!
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I absolutely love this show and now it's even better in HD.
rob stirlingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
TOP CLASS POLITICAL DRAMA.
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Every now and then a tv series comes along that I might view to see what all the fuss is about. It happened with 24 Hours, The Good Wife, Breaking Bad to name just three that I didn't have access to as they were initially shown on package channels, not FTA tv such as the BBC or ITV etc.
I've become enthralled and addicted with the series after my first viewing and West Wing is another prime example of a superbly acted and written production that is entertaining and superlative AND keeps your desire to want MORE.

The previous reviewers have said everything you need to know as to why this series is so compelling.
The stories are compact, each episode completes each separate sub plot to a fair degree and then moves on to the next crisis / problem.
The heart of the series is the rich, developing relationship between the White House staff and the President, and no one is excluded from the clever dialogue and the intricate building of the interplay between the main cast members.

Usually there are one or two fine actors who 'carry' a series---not here as there are maybe eight actors who get equal screen time throughout and make this what it is, almost flawless.
I would add that the dialogue is fast and quipping, there are many Americanisms that a British audience will be lost with, and the conversations between the characters are often held on the move and not static in a conventional manner.

If you can adapt to this style there is plenty that this 1st season offers from laugh out loud humour (catch C.J. after root canal dentistry work) to very poignant and sad events that are sometimes off air but resonate through to the heart of the episode.

Be warned---If you do enjoy this 1st season you WILL want season 2 as there is a superb cliffhanger at the end that is resolved in the first two episodes of the 2nd season.
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William DawsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
How The White House really should run.
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really good well researched writing, quality acting, realistic plots.
Peter ComptonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 January 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
TV drama at its best
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Television rally does not get much better than this. In a time when we are lucky enough to have a whole host of excellent TV dramas available to us, the West Wing neverthless stands out. What makes it so good?

The characterisation is strong and convincing. Unsurprisingly, all the people surrounding the president are extremely bright, very forceful and have egos the size of the Empire State Building. The show manages to convince us that they also have the drive to work the long hours required and to advise, and even contradict the president on matters they believe in. What makes them bearable is their humanity, by which I mean their attachment to certain basic principles and, to an extent, the flaws in their character also. Heading up the team is Leo, the Chief of Staff, an old soldier whose marriage is heading for the rocks ever more swiftly as he devotes himself more and more to the service of the president. There is Sam (arguably the least successul of the main characters) whose intellectual brilliance does not prevent him from being hugely naive in certain respects. Josh and Mandy make a great double act, helped by the fact that they used to be partners, and a certain amount of unresolved sexual tension remains. Toby is a towering success as a character - a very strong sense of personal morality coupled with doubts about his personal self-worth. And CJ is a feisty, intelligent but lovable character who holds all the other together. One of the show's finest achievements is to show how this bunch of over achievers do not overwhelm the President, who, while taking their counsel, always remains resolutely his own man, deserving all their respect.

Over and above the characterisation and the acting (also excellent), however, it is the skillful and sensitive writing that makes this show stand out for me. The writers clearly set their stall out as Democrats with Democrat values running through the show like a stick of Brighton rock. They also show the machinations of the White House - one of the most telling lines is "You should never let people see how two things are made - laws and sausages".

All in all, an excellent series that I thoroughly recommend.
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MikeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved it
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Bought this because I'd heard so much about the series. OK, so you have to get used to American politics, but this is a great introduction. The characters grow on you, and this series is all about characters and great writing. It's got the usual fast-paced American humour and observations, which, when it's done well is second to none, as it is here in The West Wing. You can easily see where the more modern series Borgen got its inspiration from, and the recent Spielberg film 'Lincoln' has West Wing echoes laced through it. Though the occasional scenes of political wrangling might be over your head (if, like me, American politics still seems a little confusing), there's plenty to get you hooked. My only criticism - so easy to criticise, isn't it? - is that some of the meeting and walking in corridors seems too slickly choreographed to be real, and people say OK and yeah, a lot, particularly at the end of sentences. It can sometimes come over as a bit flag waving at times, and there are moments when almost cloyingly patriotic American Dream themes float to the surface and made me wince a little. And we Brits - well, you'll find we're the usual eccentric upper class nerds that Americans must somehow think we all are. Even more of that in season two. But the strange thing is, you can almost feel yourself thinking, yeah, God Bless America! However, its real strength is in its subtle storylines, which range from superb to magnificent. They have, usually, three or more separate stories in each episode, each inevitably linked to a greater episode theme, which are brought together wonderfully and usually made sense of by Jed Bartlett himself - what a president! Sheen excels as the Leader of the Free World. Oh to have someone like him lead our own country, let alone America. So it's a big thumbs up, and we're already almost through the second season, which, incidentally, may be better than the first. Give it a go!
The Cosmic WhelkReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 March 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Liking it MUCH more now. (Updated review.)
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I loved 'Designated Survivor' so I thought I'd like this. I've managed two episodes so far, and I was bored to tears. Fast, incomprehensible dialogue (had to use subtitles) and constant, frenetic movement: it seems that every character has to be walking fast, in order to speak! And the characters themselves? Cardboard! Oh dear. Going to try two more episodes then, probably, give up; unless it improves a lot.

Update:
OK... I'm liking it more now. Watched about half Season 1. The characters are beginning to become more real. I still find the frenetic dialogue tiresome, and I wish sometimes they'd just sit down to talk - but... I've added another star. It's better than I thought at first.

Update 2:
I have to confess... I really got into it! And now I've almost reached the end - just one more season to go! So, don't be like me and judge it from the first two or three episodes: give it a go - it improves. And I love most of the characters now, too! Added a star; but not the full five, as that only goes to excellent things like Breaking Bad.
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