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The West Wing is an American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast from September 22, 1999 to May 14, 2006. The series is set in the West Wing of the White House—where the Oval Office and offices of presidential senior staff are located—during the fictional Democratic administration of Josiah Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen).

The West Wing was produced by Warner Bros. Television. For the first four seasons, the executive producer was Aaron Sorkin, who worked with Thomas Schlamme. After Sorkin left the program, he was replaced by John Wells.

It first aired on NBC in 1999, and has been broadcast by many networks in several other countries. The series ended its seven-year run on May 14, 2006.

The show received positive reviews from critics, political science professors, and former White House staffers. In total, The West Wing won three Golden Globe Awards and 27 Emmy Awards, including the award for Outstanding Drama Series, which it won four consecutive times from 2000 through 2003. The show's ratings waned in later years, following the departure of series creator Aaron Sorkin (who wrote or co-wrote 85 of the first 88 episodes) after the fourth season, yet it remained popular among high-income viewers, a key demographic for the show and its advertisers.

Highlights
Allison Janney on the "walk and talks" on The West Wing
00:56
Richard Schiff on preparing for his role in The West Wing
01:35
Kathryn Joosten on her recurring role on The West Wing
01:08
Thomas Schlamme on casting The West Wing
05:06
John Amos on his character of "Percy Fitzwallace" on The West Wing
02:51
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John Amos

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John Amos on his character of "Percy Fitzwallace" on The West Wing
02:51
John Amos on appearing as "Percy Fitzwallace" on The West Wing
02:09
John Amos on working with Martin Sheen on The West Wing
02:03
John Amos on working with John Spencer on The West Wing
04:18
John Amos on rehearsing for The West Wing
02:08
John Amos on the end of his character on The West Wing
01:24
John Amos on the legacy of The West Wing
01:02

Janet Ashikaga

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Editor Janet Ashikaga on editing The West Wing and no longer being a sole editor
17:12
Editor Janet Ashikaga on editing The West Wing episode "Evidence of Things Not Seen"
00:46
Editor Janet Ashikaga on editing The West Wing episode "Twenty Five" - Aaron Sorkin's last episode
00:36
Editor Janet Ashikaga on editing The West Wing episode, "The Birnam Wood," in which John Spencer has a heart attack
02:21

Thomas Azzari

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Thomas Azzari on turning down the opportunity to set design for The West Wing
00:56

Paris Barclay

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Paris Barclay on directing episodes of The West Wing
01:13

Lesli Linka Glatter

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Lesli Linka Glatter on directing Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing
02:40
Lesli Linka Glatter on what she learned about being a producing director from Thomas Schlamme on The West Wing, and on the experience of directing the show
04:14
Lesli Linka Glatter on the production of a typical episode of The West Wing
04:13
Lesli Linka Glatter on John Wells taking over The West Wing from Aaron Sorkin at the start of season 5
03:09
Lesli Linka Glatter on directing memorable episodes of The West Wing
05:07

James Hong

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James Hong on the difficulty in memorizing lines when he worked on The West Wing
01:24

Allison Janney

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Allison Janney on the "walk and talks" on The West Wing
00:56
Allison Janney on auditioning for The West Wing
03:15
Allison Janney on her early days on The West Wing and the show taking off
02:41
Allison Janney on her knowledge of politics when cast on The West Wing
01:46
Allison Janney on getting invested in her West Wing character, "C.J. Cregg" 
01:09
Allison Janney on her West Wing character, "C.J. Cregg", and what she brought to the role
03:53
Allison Janney on her West Wing character, "C.J. Cregg's" backstory and strengths 
02:00
Allison Janney on working with The West Wing creator, Aaron Sorkin
03:20
Allison Janney on working with The West Wing director, Thomas Schlamme
01:07
Allison Janney on her co-stars on The West Wing
13:37
Allison Janney on how Aaron Sorkin and Tommy Schlamme's departures changed The West Wing
02:01
Allison Janney on specific episodes of The West Wing: "The Women of Qumar"
01:59
Allison Janney on specific episodes of The West Wing: "Posse Comitatus" (and episodes where "C.J." has a stalker)
02:16
Allison Janney on specific episodes of The West Wing: "The Long Goodbye"
00:53
Allison Janney on her character "C.J. Cregg's" priorities on The West Wing
02:45
Allison Janney on her favorite episodes and scenes on The West Wing
01:20
Allison Janney on how 9/11 was dealt with on The West Wing and where she was on 9/11
01:54
Allison Janney on the last season of The West Wing
00:40
Allison Janney on the last season of The West Wing
03:36
Allison Janney on the critical success of The West Wing
00:44
Allison Janney on her Emmy wins for The West Wing

Kathryn Joosten

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Kathryn Joosten on her recurring role on The West Wing
01:08
Kathryn Joosten on the premise of The West Wing and her role as "Mrs. Landingham" on the show; on her favorite episodes and the legacy of the show
25:46

Ed O'Neill

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Ed O'Neill on appearing in several episodes of The West Wing
00:41

Edward James Olmos

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Edward James Olmos on playing "Judge Mendoza" on The West Wing and being cast in American Family
03:04

Thomas Del Ruth

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Thomas Del Ruth on how he became involved with Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing and on being hired by The West Wing  director Thomas Schlamme
02:37
Thomas Del Ruth on developing the look of The West Wing
04:54
Thomas Del Ruth on a typical production week for The West Wing and on the arduous rehearsal process, colors, and location of the show
05:05
Thomas Del Ruth on how the set of The West Wing compared with the real-life Oval Office and the lighting of the show
02:07
Thomas Del Ruth on the logistics of shooting The West Wing and on his crew for the show
03:09
Thomas Del Ruth on the kinds of cameras that were used for The West Wing
01:33
Thomas Del Ruth on the on-location shooting of The West Wing
02:35
Thomas Del Ruth on working with Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme on The West Wing
01:30
Thomas Del Ruth on using light to identify characters on The West Wing
01:26
Thomas Del Ruth on winning Emmy Awards for The West Wing
02:46
Thomas Del Ruth on the biggest challenge of the cinematography of The West Wing
02:41
Thomas Del Ruth on the appeal of The West Wing and his contribution to the show
02:06

Richard Schiff

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Richard Schiff on preparing for his role in The West Wing
01:35
Richard Schiff on getting cast in The West Wing
12:56
Richard Schiff on his West Wing character "Toby Ziegler"
02:24
Richard Schiff on The West Wing's pilot episode
00:28
Richard Schiff on visiting the real Oval Office
04:05
Richard Schiff on his character "Toby Ziegler" from The West Wing
05:17
Richard Schiff on developing his character "Toby Ziegler" with Aaron Sorkin on The West Wing
08:04
Richard Schiff on public reaction to The West Wing
03:16
Richard Schiff on working with Thomas Schlamme on The West Wing
03:19
Richard Schiff on working with the cast of The West Wing
03:58
Richard Schiff on The West Wing episode "In Excelsis Deo"
06:57
Richard Schiff on his Emmy and The West Wing's various awards
03:53
Richard Schiff on The West Wing episode "Seventeen People"
02:14
Richard Schiff on his performance as "Toby Ziegler" on The West Wing
09:56
Richard Schiff on how his political beliefs affected his performance in The West Wing
02:44
Richard Schiff on how real life events affected The West Wing
02:17
Richard Schiff on how his character "Toby Ziegler" changed during the run of The West Wing
01:13
Richard Schiff on The West Wing's 9/11 episode "Issac and Ishmael"
03:58
Richard Schiff on The West Wing dealing with real life issues and stories
02:39
Richard Schiff on reaction to The West Wing from real life politicians
03:48
Richard Schiff on the cultural impact of The West Wing
01:58
Richard Schiff on directing The West Wing
07:25
Richard Schiff on appearing in a West Wing sketch on Saturday Night Live
01:06
Richard Schiff on the turn his character "Toby Ziegler" took toward the end of The West Wing
03:00
Richard Schiff on difficulties with his character in the later years of The West Wing
06:29
Richard Schiff on the legacy of The West Wing
01:16

Thomas Schlamme

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Thomas Schlamme on casting The West Wing
05:06
Thomas Schlamme on the genesis of The West Wing
04:30
Thomas Schlamme on how visiting the White House informed his directing of The West Wing
02:43
Thomas Schlamme on the "Take the Sabbath Day" episode of The West Wing
03:10
Thomas Schlamme on the set of The West Wing
01:27
Thomas Schlamme on directing "walk and talk" shots on Aaron Sorkin's shows
03:29
Thomas Schlamme on shooting The West Wing in Washington, DC
03:19
Thomas Schlamme on his role in Aaron Sorkin's writing process on The West Wing
02:59
Thomas Schlamme on Aaron Sorkin's writing process on The West Wing
03:00
Thomas Schlamme on the cast of The West Wing
03:32
Thomas Schlamme on the end of The West Wing
02:35
Thomas Schlamme on the rise and fall of the ratings of The West Wing
03:30
Thomas Schlamme on The West Wing and 9/11
06:01
Thomas Schlamme on the legacy of The West Wing
01:36

Ellen M. Violett

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Ellen M. Violett on what she likes about writing for television
05:26

W.G. Snuffy Walden

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W.G. Snuffy Walden on composing the theme for The West Wing
02:02
W.G. Snuffy Walden on composing for The West Wing
09:09
W.G. Snuffy Walden on a demonstration of The West Win g theme; on working with a live orchestra
07:24
W.G. Snuffy Walden on his Emmy win for The West Win g
02:20

John Wells

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John Wells on how he came to produce and write The West Wing
02:11
John Wells on pitching The West Wing to the network with Aaron Sorkin
01:59
John Wells on the initial audience for The West Wing and the early process of writing the show, including Aaron Sorkin rewriting every script
03:40
John Wells on Aaron Sorkin clashing with the network over The West Wing and Sorkin leaving the show
05:01
John Wells on producing and writing The West Wing after Aaron Sorkin's departure and dealing with the death of John Spencer who had played "Leo McGarry" on the show
02:27
John Wells on continuing The West Wing after "Jed Bartlett's" presidency 
04:14
John Wells on working with Martin Sheen as "Jed Bartlett" on The West Wing
01:59
John Wells on the series finale of The West Wing and Aaron Sorkin's participation
02:26

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on his admiration for The West Wing and its success
00:47

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