The West Wing

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Go behind the scenes and experience the inner workings of the White House in this innovative drama series with humorous overtones.
Starring
Rob LoweStockard ChanningDulé Hill
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    September 21 1999
    43min
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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.
  2. 2. Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc
    September 28 1999
    41min
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    Leo hires Mandy as a consultant to the President.
  3. 3. A Proportional Response
    October 5 1999
    44min
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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
  4. 4. Five Votes Down
    October 12 1999
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    The staff has 72 hours to rescue a gun-control bill that needs five more votes in Congress to pass.
  5. 5. The Crackpots and These Women
    October 19 1999
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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.
  6. 6. Mr. Willis of Ohio
    November 2 1999
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    A mentally unbalanced woman with a gun climbs the White House fence.
  7. 7. The State Dinner
    November 9 1999
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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.
  8. 8. Enemies
    November 16 1999
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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.
  9. 9. The Short List
    November 23 1999
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    The President confidentially chooses Judge Harrison as his nominee for the Supreme Court.
  10. 10. In Excelsis Deo
    December 14 1999
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    Sam and Josh work on thwarting Congressman Lillienfield's accusation about drug abuse in the White House.
  11. 11. Lord John Marbury
    January 4 2000
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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, a former ambassador to New Delhi to help with the crisis.
  12. 12. He Shall, From Time to Time?
    January 11 2000
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    The President and his staff prepare the State of the Union Address, but the President becomes ill.
  13. 13. Take out the Trash Day
    January 25 2000
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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 position on gay rts
  14. 14. Take this Sabbath Day
    February 8 2000
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    On a Friday evening, the United States Supreme Court rejects the application for a stay of execution for Simon Cruz.
  15. 15. Celestial Navigation
    February 15 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.
  16. 16. 20 Hours in L.A.
    February 22 2000
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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.
  17. 17. The White House Pro-Am
    March 21 2000
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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.
  18. 18. Six Meetings Before Lunch
    April 4 2000
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    The Senate confirms Mendoza's appointment to the Supreme Court.
  19. 19. Let Bartlet be Bartlet
    April 25 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.
  20. 20. Mandatory Minimums
    May 2 2000
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    Armed with a new resolve to take chances, the Bartlet administration tackles the drug enforcement policy.
  21. 21. Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics
    May 9 2000
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    Bartlet works to reform campaign finance by changing the makeup of the members on the Federal Campaign Commission.
  22. 22. What Kind of Day Has it Been?
    May 16 2000
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    An American Air Force fighter plane gets shot down over Iraq, and, eventually, the pilot is successfully rescued.

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Allison JanneyJanel Moloney
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Season year
2000
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Dr. PaulReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best drama series of all time
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There are some tv shows that don’t just stand the test of time, but past or present, you are moved as you watch. The West Wing is one of the shows that has rightfully moved its way to the top of the heap: directing, acting, and writing all among the best ever. I love that Amazon has made it available for purchase via streaming and had to get the whole series.

Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing keeps me going when our non-fictional government lets me down. But it’s because the writing is intelligent, thoughtful, strong, impassioned, and inspired. From the first episode through the last the characters of President Bartlet, CJ, Josh, Abby Bartlet, Leo, Donna, Toby, Charlie, and the rest carry us both personally and professionally through the ins and outs of how government works at the federal level. While the Bartlet administration is Democrat, Sorkin’s characters passionately show us how government works and what and why persons on both sides of the aisle think, feel, and work for.

Sorkin famously ‘invented’ the walk-and-talk scene, whereby talented actors walk their way through the halls of the White House and deliver lines so flawlessly you drop right in next to them. It’s almost breathless to watch. While some of the issues of this 90s show are no longer an issue, others remain as vital to Americans now as they were then - it’s fun and eye opening to watch. But Sorkin presents ideas, ideals, and viewpoints so clearly you can’t help but think about and perhaps even understand what another’s viewpoint really is.

But what stands out - aside from the writing and directing - are the outstanding actors and performances. These are the top of the heap, the cream of the crop for series television, actors and actresses whose work remains with me years later. There is a reason this show continues to draw crowds (and until recently a very popular podcast): because they are phenomenal.

Series One hit the ground (or technically a tree) at full speed and never let go until season 7 was in the books. Meet the Bartlets, Josh and Toby the president’s advisors, Sam another adviser and frequent crux of the issue, Charlie, POTUS”s body man and ‘son’ figure, Leo, the chief of staff and best friend, and all the others who pass through those halls and tell us the story of us all.
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T ByrdReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great copy, no flaws
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I was skeptical about ordering a used DVD but the one I received from bestandfastestbooks was in pristine condition. I've now watched all the episodes and every disk worked perfectly. I wish I could get all my used DVDs from them. And no, I wasn't paid to write this. I don't even know where bestandfastestbooks is located and hadn't heard of them or from them, before or since I ordered this DVD. I don't usually write reviews and don't know why I'm writing this one. But here it is.
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Mary LaiuppaReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not really as described.
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These were used like new and stated the case had slight edgewear. Well, the case looks pretty beat up. Could be worse but certainly not like new. In other words, not in gift giving shape. Luckily these were just for me. but I do not consider them like new by my standards. Like new would be giftable. These are not.
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FresnoDickReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
First Time Viewer, Hooked Forever
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I did not watch this show when it aired but heard good things about it (from a friend who is very conservative!) Finally ordered season 1, and it is my new favorite drama. I've already ordered the next three seasons so that I don't have to go through withdrawal when I finish the first one. The characters are first rate, and the actors, mostly not that well known, are very good in their parts.

The story lines hold your attention and seem plausible, and make me glad I never became President.

There's a bit too much of the "too cutesy" dialog where two characters repeat the same lines several times...same problem that happened with Sorkin's "Sports Night," but they toned that down in that series, so I'm hoping it will slowly fade away in this one also. Otherwise, the best indication of how I like that series is that I watch one a day unless I am away from home.

MAY 2013 UPDATE: I'm now making my way through Season 6, with one more season to go, and I'm already feeling "pre-withdrawal" symptoms knowing that I won't have new episodes to watch in a few weeks. I'll watch it all again in four or five years (at my age I can forget a LOT in that amount of time).

Season six has a sequence of episodes that deal with the next presidential campaign, following three Democrats and one Republican, none of them Jed Barlett of course. I'm finding this "campaign trail" stuff less captivating than the usual day to day White House operations, but I'm sure we'll get back there soon. And they DID in fact tone down the "cutesy dialog."

I have to say I miss Rob Lowe, who was excellent in his part. His departure is balanced by my discovery of two actors I was not familiar with, John Spencer and Allison Janney. (Janney fans can see her in a sitcom coming in the fall of 2013, but of course, she won't be equal to CJ Craig.)
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Michelle (Michy) DevonReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Which Came First, Chicken or the Egg - in Latin!
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I had forgotten just how much I had enjoyed this show the first time around. I started watching this again on Amazon Prime because my best friend had never seen the show, and I had a feeling she would like it. She did! This show is super fast-paced, and it is absolutely hilarious in sarcasm, irony and subtly. You have to pay attention, because it blows over the jokes fast, but there is a lot of humor in this drama. I'm not a political person, and you really don't have to be politically savvy to enjoy the show--in fact, someone who is really into politics might not really like the show as much. It does require people to not take things too seriously to watch it for the entertainment value. It's also sort of neat to go back in time to see the 'headline' crises going on in the world when the show originally aired.

Definitely worth watching or re-watching again... I'm planning to slowly go through all the episodes, catching up on some that I missed first time around. Enjoying the series quite a bit.

In this second episode of the first season, we get to know the main characters a bit more, diving deeper into their interworkings, friendships and associations, learning who is on whose side, who works for whom, and more. The humor still stands out strong, but the serious headlines of the time are dealt with in a respectful way, without degrading it to slapstick. Sarcasm and irony are strong throughout this episode, which is one of my favorite parts of the entire series.
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T. A. DanielReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the Best Television Dramas Ever
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The West Wing is one of the best shows to have aired in the past 20 years, and probably in all of television. It is an hour long drama that focuses on the inner workings of the White House. The pilot finds the White House's staff still adjusting to their newly won roles: a deputy chief of staff makes a gaffe on television, the president injures himself in an accident, and most pressing, over 1000 Cuba refugees are currently making their way to Miami, Florida. Viewers can expect similar plot lines packed into each episode.

Creator Aaron Sorkin (who writes almost every episode in the first four seasons of the show) does a fantastic job keeping the drama interesting and realistic. The characters are well developed, and the dialogue is spectacular. It's hard to keep up with what it is exactly everyone does here in this first episode, but it quickly comes together in subsequent episodes. There is political rhetoric here, and while the administration featured here is Democrat, much of the sensibilities here are populist rather than partisan. Republicans won't be angered, etc... Sorkin does a great job straddling the line and giving both sides great platforms.

The first season ends with a pretty massive cliff hanger that will leave viewers scrambling to watch the next season. The ending isn't completely unexpected -- there are hints to it earlier in the season, but it is shocking nonetheless.

The West Wing is essential viewing for anyone who enjoys television dramas.
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Sahra BadouReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
An inside look at the US Presidency.
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I was never really interested in watching this show. I often saw it playing on TV while I was living in Toronto, Canada, but was never captivated to sit indoors and watch it (I spend most of my spare time in outdoor activities).

Then one day Bush junior took office. Then came September 11, then the US invasion of Afghanistan, followed by the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Then Moore's Fahrenheit 911 hit the screens to become a box office hit. Then came Bush's second term, which I did not expect he'd win, followed by the lowest approval ratings in US history. Iraq was a disaster; Afghanistan was becoming another problem as the Taliban regrouped and regained strength; and Bin Laden was still evading capture.

Suddenly I found myself interested in American politics. I wanted to know more about what goes on behind the scenes. What makes a US President popular? How are decisions taken? Does the President act on his own or as a team? Can the President sleep at night when US troops and innocent civilians are dying? How does the secret Service protect the President? My questions could fill several pages. I could easily have gone on the internet and typed each question on Google. Better still, I could have gone to the Library, a trip few of us take today with the advent of the internet. But I decided to watch Season 1 of the West Wing, and am I glad I did.

The West Wing will give you an inside look at the American Presidency. You will really learn a lot about American politics. Did you know, for example, that the American Eagle holds thirteen arrows in the left talon and an olive branch in the right talon? When at peace, the Eagle faces the olive branch. When at war, the Eagle faces the arrows. In the halls of Congress the carpets are actually changed to reflect this.

Did you know that the Secret Service is aware at all times of the location of the President, even while he is in the White House? A Secret Service agent radios the Central Command when the President enters the Oval Office and when he leaves it. A Secret Service agent is practically positioned at every door in the White House, radioing where the President is at all times. There is little privacy for the President in the White House. Maybe being the President of the US is not as glamorous as we all think if one has to forego his privacy and freedom.

Every word the President utters must be well thought off, and the consequences of the words calculated ahead of time by his team. A US President goes through rehearsals before giving speeches and before standing in front of journalists. He is always surrounded by a team of experts advising him of how he should answer questions, and which questions should not be answered. One wrong word could mean a slide in approval ratings.

The Secret Service also protects the President's family. Could you imagine an unfriendly country kidnapping the President's daughter? What would the President do in such a case? Would he make the wrong decisions in order to save his daughter? Would his daughter come first, or the country? Would the President be relieved of his duties in such a situation as not to compromise US security? This series will answer a lot of these questions.

This series will also show you the relationship between the President and his staff. The Vice-President is not necessarily always on the President's side, and he often has his own agenda. Sometimes he would act to his own benefit in order to gain popularity for a possible run at the Presidency. Politics can be a dirty business, and a very selfish one.

I enjoyed learning about the press core in the White House, and how they retrieve news. I now watch CNN in a new light.

The characters in this series are well thought off, very believable, and likable. There is one character I did not particularly like, and I think he was later replaced in other Seasons. Martin Sheen plays the President, and I don't think anyone could have played the part better.

This series is exciting, with many twists. The series ends with an attempted murder at the US President and his daughter, and someone is shot, but we don't know who. You'd have to watch Series 2 to find out.

If you've always wanted to learn more about the US Presidency and US politics in general, this series will be a great start. Get your notebook out and join US Presidency 101! You are going to enjoy this course.
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David Von PeinReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
One Of The Best Dramas Ever To Grace The TV Screen
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I, like many other people, am very glad Aaron Sorkin created "The West Wing". Seasons 1 through 4 of the series (written by Mr. Sorkin) represent, in my view, the best drama program on commercial television since ...... umm ...... give me a few months and I might be able to come up with something (but it won't be an easy assignment).

It would be extremely difficult indeed to come up with a TV series that had a rookie season as spectacular as "The West Wing". Each and every one of the 22 first-season episodes located on this 4-Disc DVD collection is truly memorable. Not a bad apple in the bunch, in my opinion -- which is remarkable for any series that was just getting its feet wet.

This tremendous batch of programs includes "Five Votes Down", "Enemies", "In Excelsis Deo", "A Proportional Response", and "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet". These episodes, and all the others in this 1999-2000 campaign, are so darn good, I felt like re-watching each one of them two minutes after viewing them via these DVDs.

The crafting of each episode is absolutely remarkable and worthy of high praise. The effort (and obvious care and precision) that goes into shooting just one scene is amazing. Take for instance one of the very first scenes ever filmed (for the Pilot; which is discussed by actor John Spencer in one of the very informative Making-Of documentary pieces contained on Disc 4 of this set) -- As Mr. Spencer explains in the featurette, the scene in question (one of those long, walking-the-White-House-corridors-while-talking-a-mile-a-minute type of scenes, a "West Wing" speciality) was originally written by Aaron Sorkin to be EIGHT different shots! But, instead, they filmed it as just ONE continuous "hallway walking" scene....and it's simply amazing.

The acting on "The West Wing" is equal to the excellent writing of Mr. Sorkin. Every character is drawn well and realized to their full potential by the great collection of actors and actresses that were assembled for this TV series. It's very difficult (I would imagine) for ANY "West Wing" fan to choose his or her "favorite" character on this show. They're ALL favorites. They're ALL that good.

We're not likely to see a TV program this well done for a long, long time. And it's a privilege now to be able to own these hall-of-fame-caliber shows on the DVD format.

These episodes look and sound just fine on DVD. Video is in the originally-aired television ratio of 1.33:1. (NOTE: Season Two's DVD set goes to Widescreen, even though that season, like this first season, was also originally shown in the Full-Frame (1.33:1) ratio. Season #2, however, WAS "composed" through the camera lens for EITHER a Full-Frame OR a Widescreen ratio presentation. And Season 2, just like #1, looks great on DVD.)

Sound comes from Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround tracks. Even though the shows are Full-Frame here, the Menus are anamorphic in nature.

A very nice bundle of Special Features is served up here, including Audio Commentaries for five episodes (in which Aaron Sorkin participates). Many other bonuses are located on Disc 4. Here's a look.....

....Two terrific behind-the-scenes Making-Of documentaries, entitled "The Primaries" (17 minutes long) and "The Inauguration" (29 minutes), which both give us interviews with many members of the cast and crew, including Mr. Sorkin and "President Bartlet" himself (Martin Sheen). Fabulous stuff here.

....Two other shorter featurettes are "Capital Beat" (8 minutes), which includes interviews with real-life political "consultants", who helped put a true-to-life political face on the series. And "Sheet Music" (6 minutes), which talks about the show's music.

....4 Deleted Scenes (total run time of just over 5 minutes). These scenes can be accessed individually, or played back-to-back via a "Play All" selection.

...."Gag Order" -- A three-minute gag reel of bloopers and assorted oddball on-set happenings. There are a couple really funny screw-ups presented here. But this is way too short. It leaves you yearning for more. But -- it's fun while it lasts.

...."The West Wing Suite" -- This is a montage of some scenes from Season 1 of "The West Wing", with appropriate musical accompaniment. But I'm not entirely sure what purpose this bonus is supposed to serve here. It's nice, I guess, as a kind of "trailer" for Season One. It has a running time of just under 2 minutes.

...."Off The Record" -- This bonus segment (of 3.5 minutes duration) is a collection of outtakes from the four featurettes/documentaries on the DVD.

....Easter Egg -- There's a nifty little 2.5-minute "Egg" hidden on Disc 4 (the "Special Features" only disc). It highlights "Manny: Head Of Security", who is in charge of keeping people off the West Wing set when scenes are being filmed. This is a really fun Easter Egg, which also shows West Wing actor Richard Schiff having fun with "Manny" while riding around aimlessly on the studio lot in a golf cart-like vehicle. Kind of neat.

You access the "Egg" by hitting your remote's Left Arrow key followed immediately by the Right Arrow key from any of the eight Special Features Menu choices on Disc #4. After performing this "Left then Right Arrow" combination you'll see a "Star" come on the screen. Pressing "Enter" or "Play" with the star on the Menu screen will access the "Manny" Easter Egg.

Overall, it's a pretty satisfying batch of supplements offered up for this boxed set. But, in the end, this DVD collection would have been worth the price even if the 4th disc of bonus materials was excluded altogether. For it's the twenty-two magnificent episodes themselves that are truly the stars here.

David Von Pein
June 2004
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