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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 1999
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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  • Starring: John Spencer, Martin Sheen, Dule Hill
  • Summary: The West Wing provides a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation's capital as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. These interesting characters have humor and dedication that touches the heart while the politics that they discuss touch on everyday life. The first six seasons focused on the administration of President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet (Martin Sheen). The seventh and final season transitioned to the 2006 Presidential Election between Democrat Congressman Mathew Vincente Santos of Houston, Texas (Jimmy Smits) and Republican Senator Arnold Vinick of California (Alan Alda). Broadcast History:
    Seasons 1-6: NBC, Wednesdays, 9:00pm EST
    Season 7: NBC, Sundays, 8:00pm EST

    Theme Music:
    The theme tune is an original composition by W.G. Snuffy Walden. There is a CD available of his work, which includes not only a suite from The West Wing, but also his music from Felicity, Once and Again, & thirtysomething, plus other non-TV compositions. Walden can be contacted at his official website wgsnuffywalden.com.

    Awards:
    As of October 24, 2008:
    The show and its stars have won 26 Primetime Emmys, 1 ADG Award, 2 ALMA Awards, 2 Artios Awards, 2 ASC Awards, 1 Banff Rockie Award, 2 CAS Award, 1 Christopher Award, 2 DGA Awards, 1 Eddie Award, 2 Family Television Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards, 4 Golden Laurel Awards, 5 Golden Satellite Awards, 3 Humanitas Awards, 2 Imagen Awards, 2 Peabody Awards, 1 Prism Award, 6 SAG Awards, 2 Shine Awards, 4 Television Critics Association Awards, 3 TV Guide Awards, 3 Viewers for Quality Television Awards, 2 WGA Awards and 2 Wilbur Awards.

    The show has been nominated for a total of 93 Primetime Emmys and holds the record for the most Emmys won in a single season for a single show which is 9 (for its first season).

    The show also was named 1 of the 10 AFI TV Programs of the Year, received 1 Special Recognition from GLAAD Media Awards and 4 Commendations from the Prism Awards.

    Syndication:
    Airs all the time on Bravo (which is also part of the NBC Universal empire) and in some local areas during the "midnight hours."

    DVD Releases:
    All seven seasons have been released in all regions. There was complete series box set released in November 2006.
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  • Genre(s): Drama
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  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 27, 2013
    100
    Remains a winner.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 25, 2013
    70
    "The West Wing" needs changes, and it needs them now. Without a revamping of the show in some significant fashion, it runs the risk of losing its importance, dropping its political cachet and looking for all the world like a fine, if not sterling, bit of Hollywood fictional fluffery.
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  1. Apr 2, 2013
    7
    Season two continues immediately after the shootout cliff-hanger of last season. With much of the White House staff struggling to come to terms with the events that unfolded they soon discover that there is no rest bite from the constant pressures of running the country.

    As with season one the quality of writing is as good as anything else on television, Sorkin's scripts are full of drama and no shortage of humour whilst continuing to raise important issues. The acting from both the primary and secondary characters also remains of the highest standard, ensuring that The West Wing doesn't fall into the trap of becoming overly melodramatic, and whilst it will still not be a show for everyone it is certainly as intelligent and interesting as television drama can get.
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