The West Wing: Season 1 (1999 - 2000)



Critic Consensus: The West Wing is a gripping fantasy of lawmakers and government operatives looking to make a difference, presenting an idealized vision of politicking that audiences can strive toward.


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Air date: Sep 22, 1999
Air date: Sep 29, 1999
Air date: Oct 6, 1999
Air date: Oct 13, 1999
Air date: Oct 20, 1999
Air date: Nov 3, 1999
Air date: Nov 10, 1999
Air date: Nov 17, 1999
Air date: Nov 24, 1999
Air date: Dec 15, 1999
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Martin Sheen and Rob Lowe, as the U.S. President and his deputy communications director, play politics in this innovative Washington, D.C., drama series from award-winning producers John Wells, Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme.


Martin Sheen
as President Josiah Bartlet
Rob Lowe
as Sam Seaborn
Moira Kelly
as Madeline Hampton
John Spencer
as Leo McGarry
Richard Schiff
as Toby Ziegler
Allison Janney
as C.J. Cregg
Kathryn Joosten
as Deloros Landingham
Tim Matheson
as John Hoynes
Allison Smith
as Leo McGarry's Daughter
John Amos
as Admiral Fitzwallace
Marlee Matlin
as Joey Lucas
Jorja Fox
as Agent Gina Tuscano
Stockard Channing
as Abigail Bartlett
Janel Moloney
as Donna Moss
Roger Rees
as John Marbury
Paul Provenza
as Steve Onorato
Sara Botsford
as Jenny McGarry
Jay Underwood
as Christopher Wick
Thom Barry
as Mark Richardson
Al Fann
as Joe Willis
Michael McGuire
as Cal Tillinghouse
James Handy
as Congressman Bruno
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
as Captain Morris Tolliver M.D. (guest)
Ariono Suriawinata
as President of Indonesia
Paul Austin
as George Hufnagle
Karl Malden
as Father Thomas Cavanaugh
Al Frann
as Joe Willis
Ken Howard
as Harrison
CCH Pounder
as Debbie O'Leary
Bob Balaban
as Ted Marcus
Dakin Matthews
as Simon Blye
Richard Penn
as Blakely
Tom Quinn
as John Noonan
Tom Quinn
as John Noonan
F. William Parker
as Rev. Al Caldwell (guest)
John Diehl
as Claypool
Peter Kors
as Bambang
Eric Balfour
as Frat No. 1
Nadia Dajani
as Lilli Mays
Austin Pendleton
as Barry Haskell
David Proval
as Rabbi Glassman
Carl Lumbly
as Jeff Breckenridge
Michele Marsh
as Economist
Amy Aquino
as Becky Reeseman
David Brisbin
as Congressman No. 1
Blake Shields
as Frat No. 2
Linda Gehringer
as Mrs. Lydell
Jay Leno
as Himself
Justin Urich
as Frat No. 3
Ray Baker
as Mr. Lydell
Andy Buckley (II)
as Congressman No. 2
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Critic Reviews for The West Wing Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (11)

Just when you think that you've gotten into a rhythm with the show, Sorkin pulls a fast one

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

That's a lot of names and faces, but by the time the first hour of "The West Wing" is over, you'll know them all. Sorkin wastes no time in letting them, or the show, make a strong first impression.

Jan 18, 2018 | Full Review…

...the Bible of television drama writing.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

It's conducted with power and confidence, ensuring it's engrained in your memory for a long time to come.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The West Wing is not your typical pilot. It does all the things a good pilot should do, but it does them with such confidence and style that you would think the show had already been running for at least half a season.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite feeling confused, politically-ignorant and, quite frankly, knackered, this reviewer suddenly can't wait to see more.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The dialogue is so rushed, the characters so developed and rich, and the plot so intricate that even the most seasoned political aficionado may have difficulty keeping up.

Jun 27, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Nothing walk-and-talked quite like it.

Apr 30, 2018 | Full Review…

it is as much about the world we live in now as it is about the world as it was then. In fact, it might be even more relevant today than it was 10 years ago.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

West Wing is not a dramatic powerhouse as it gets off the ground tonight but, indeed, it does get off the ground.

Jan 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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