The West Wing: Season 1

The West Wing: Season 1

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The Golden Globe-winning series from heralded screenwriter Aaron Sorkin follows the lives of admin staffers in the West Wing of the White House. Martin Sheen won a Globe for his performance on the show while Allison Janney, John Spencer and Bradley Whitford each picked up an Emmy.

1999USA
Drama

The West Wing: Season 1 | Reviews

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The New York Times

The New York Times

That still makes the series more daring than most of what's on television; the problem is, its creators know that and the show's self-satisfaction becomes annoying. The floundering first episode (the only one available for preview) is sometimes smart, sometimes stupid, eventually gooey and, despite its sharp cast, not often entertaining. One of the season's most hyped and anticipated series, The West Wing is by far its biggest disappointment.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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.

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