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Abigail "Abbey" Bartlet
Chief of Staff Leo McGarry
It has the all-time worst West Wing episode, where we learn that Leo and Kate Harper's paths once crossed in Cuba, because hey, might as well be "Lost" now.
Political strategy collides with principle and it's not pretty. But the battle between them is smartly paced and superbly written, offering a penetrating insight into campaign politics.
There should be term limits for television presidents. And one term was just right for The West Wing. The prolongation of one of the best and most popular dramas on television is brave and at times bold, but often it is painful to watch.
No more moments of sinus-clogging idealism in which the actors almost sob with Emmy-moment rectitude; cranky, shaken, and calculating, this is a White House we can relate to. It's a divider, not a uniter.
Audience Reviews for The West Wing: Season 6
Jul 10, 2020The critics are just plain wrong about Season 6, in which the show gets its groove back to become addictive viewing again for the first time since Bartlett's re-election win in Season 4, wherein the show began to drift into unevenness with filler episodes like the one about C.J.'s dad, Sam's clunky exit from the show, the over-the-topness in the 2-3 big narratives by that season's climax and beginning of the 5th season. The 5th season would have very good episodes like "The Supremes", "Full Disclosure", the shutdown narrative, and the last 3 episodes of S5 (where the show really starts to get back on track) but are mixed in with filler like "Access" and "Han" (Han feels more like leftovers from the cutting room floor of S1 or S2), and of course, the absolutely incredulous narrative of Bob Russell becoming VP. Season 6 just gets everything right (even when it cheats by moving things along by more than a year) from juggling all its old & new characters, watching how they evolve, to the terrific, snappy pacing & witty dialogue throughout where all those narrative strands hurtle forward with purpose, momentum, and without any filler. Season 6 really moves and I found it a refreshing return to form.
Apr 28, 2020Very good season I like how each character was put into a different situation and was forced to work with what they had
Dec 21, 2019After an awkward and uneven season 5, this season finally finds it feet again, albeit not straight away, and even when it does it still finds time to stumble here and there. The first few episodes were pure soap-opera, and about as true to West Wing norms as trying to make South Park into a serious political drama. Those early episodes were pretty awful in relative terms, probably because the writers from S5 still couldn't find the right Sorkin ingredients to return to the show to past glories. However, by mid season and a change of tack from the melodramas of Gaza and the Israel Palestine Question, to a more familiar trip towards the forthcoming presidential nominations, and the arrival of two fresh faces - Jimmy "Santos" Smits, and Alan "Vinick" Alda. The story arc for those two characters, along with the departure of Donna and Josh out of the White House and onto the campaign trail, was a breath of much needed air. Even the writing improved by a small margin, and it was also good to be outside, and seeing middle America rather than been stuck in dark rooms and corridors of the White House. The season still had some pretty bad episodes, the worst being "90 Miles Away". But by and large TWW had found its feet again, and come the final episodes I was begging for more!
Oct 17, 2018I was a fan of the West Wing during it's initial run. I've been re-watching it on Netflix after all these years. It's still one of the best shows ever and holds up well even with the passing of time. But Season 6 is in a league of it's own. The writing around the Jimmy Smits character and Josh and the campaign is phenomenal. Highly recommended.
Jun 15, 2017The consistency of this show is remarkable. What was anticipated in the previous season has come to full bloom in this season: characters sacrificing trust among friends for a great leap towards a better future. We see the familiar cast grasping the coming loss of time in the West Wing, acting in whatever ways to either prolong time there or act radically under the assumption that they have only a year left. We can see that the characters care about humanity as a whole, yet they so easily throw their closest friends to the curb. Come for the politics, stay for the drama.
Aug 16, 2015My favorite Drama Show
May 31, 2015one of my favorite tv show ever
Sep 08, 2014In some ways Series 6 and 7 are the most interesting series. They bring the presidency full circle, as we see the campaigning for who is going to be the next president. Less smugness, less folksyness, less Toby, less Will - these are all very good things. We also have Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda acting out of their skins. Alda is so convincing and likable that, even though he is supposed to be the bad guy, you want to vote for him. It's not all good, however. There are still the preachy, idealistic, naive detours. Plus, seeing a presidential campaign in action reminds me of all the reasons I hate politics: the superficiality, the appearances-are-everything conceit, the pandering to the media, the soundbites for the sake of it, the money spent (wasted), the back-stabbing, the horse-trading.
May 27, 2014a very addictive tv series. But along the way you do get tired of the way the democrats are shown as saviors and republicans the very bad people so felt like a preaching type an elitist agenda. At time so many geographical issues I have observed but all this is nit-picking and nothing else. Overall I love this show.