The West Wing Review : Pop Culture Happy Hour The West Wing chronicles the inner workings of a fictional presidential administration. The president is Democrat Jed Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen, and his staff includes heavy hitters played by folks like Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Bradley Whitford, John Spencer, and Richard Schiff. For the first four seasons, most episodes were written by Aaron Sorkin, who created the show and gave it many of its signature flourishes — the snappy banter, the walking and talking, and, of course, the big speech that solves everything.
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We're (Walking And) Talking About 'The West Wing'

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We're (Walking And) Talking About 'The West Wing'

We're (Walking And) Talking About 'The West Wing'

We're (Walking And) Talking About 'The West Wing'

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The cast of The West Wing, circa season three: (l-r) Dulé Hill, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Martin Sheen, Richard Schiff, Stockard Channing, John Spencer, Janel Moloney, Bradley Whitford. David Rose/NBCUniversal via Getty Images hide caption

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The cast of The West Wing, circa season three: (l-r) Dulé Hill, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Martin Sheen, Richard Schiff, Stockard Channing, John Spencer, Janel Moloney, Bradley Whitford.

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The West Wing chronicles the inner workings of a fictional presidential administration. The president is Democrat Jed Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen, and his staff includes heavy hitters played by folks like Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Bradley Whitford, John Spencer, and Richard Schiff. The series ran for seven seasons, from 1999 to 2006, and won 26 Emmy Awards. And for the first four seasons, most episodes were written by Aaron Sorkin, who created the show and gave it many of its signature flourishes — the snappy banter, the walking and talking, and, of course, the big speech that solves everything.

The audio was produced by Mike Katzif and edited by Jessica Reedy.