The West Wing: Season 1 Reviews

December 20, 2018
...the Bible of television drama writing.
September 25, 2018
Just when you think that you've gotten into a rhythm with the show, Sorkin pulls a fast one
September 25, 2018
It's conducted with power and confidence, ensuring it's engrained in your memory for a long time to come.
September 25, 2018
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.
September 25, 2018
Despite feeling confused, politically-ignorant and, quite frankly, knackered, this reviewer suddenly can't wait to see more.
June 28, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 30, 2018
Nothing walk-and-talked quite like it.
April 23, 2018
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.
January 18, 2018
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.
January 5, 2018
Even just the first scene of the pilot ... had me hooked almost instantly.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 5, 2018
Schlamme brings his trademark breakneck direction to West Wing, always keeping the pace quick and finding the heart of each scene. Visual consultant Jon Hutman's re-creation of White House offices is nothing short of amazing.
January 5, 2018
There is a lot to love about this show, and plenty of reason to expect regular improvement, given Sorkin's and Wells' recent track records.
January 5, 2018
Despite [a] preposterous element, the rest of tonight's pilot is dramatically sound.
January 5, 2018
Judged against its own potential, The West Wing is an insulting mess.
January 5, 2018
West Wing is not a dramatic powerhouse as it gets off the ground tonight but, indeed, it does get off the ground.
January 5, 2018
The premiere's energy and humor play well until its last few minutes and that oh-too-glib capper from a president who is withheld for the Big Ending, when even limping on a sprained ankle he appears to walk taller than other earthlings.
January 5, 2018
[Director] Schlamme provides a swirling, in-the-eye-of-the-action visual style that perfectly captures the energy and muscle of Sorkin's writing.
September 13, 2017
The hot-button political topics The West Wing dared push in its pilot episode are still alive and kickin' today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 11, 2017
Sorkin knows how to make the camaraderie of working hard and pulling all-nighters seem like fun, and fun may be what ultimately dries up the sap and makes the White House an address that feels like home.
Full Review | Original Score: A