The West Wing - An Introduction

“The West Wing” is a TV Series that ran from 1999 to 2006 on NBC. My all time favorite for political satire. This will be the beginning of my episode wise comments.

The West Wing is the series that inspired some of the more popular, intelligent drama’s that are having great success today. You owe it to yourself to check it out on DVD if you missed it when first broadcast. You won’t find a better written drama series - that’s a promise!

The series tells the story of a ‘fictional’ American president, ‘Jed’ Bartlett, played by Martin Sheen and his support staff. It cleverly mixes fact (that can surely only have been provided by a White House insider) and fiction to provide gritty, funny and at times intensely moving drama.

West Wing Cast

My personal interest in this show stems from the fact that I believe a strong leader with a dedicated team of advisors can drive a nation. Being a part of a vibrant multi party democracy in India where calls are often made for a Presidential system, the intricate drama played out every season but makes me wonder how it might never possibly work for us. I understand this show is meant more as a satire but as is promised by the real West Wing staffers - this show is as real as it possibly gets in the White House. I wish I ever get to see the real West Wingers (both the on stage and the off stage heroes)



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