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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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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
Bradley Whitford
as Josh Lyman
Dulé Hill
as Charlie, Charlie Young
Kathryn Joosten
as Deloros Landingham
Elisabeth Moss
as Zoey, Zoey Bartlet
Timothy Busfield
as Danny, Danny Concannon
Tim Matheson
as John Hoynes, Vice President John Hoynes
Allison Smith
as Leo McGarry's Daughter
John Amos
as Admiral Fitzwallace, Fitzwallace
Lisa Edelstein
as Laurie, Laurie (Brittany Rollins)
Marlee Matlin
as Joey Lucas
Jorja Fox
as Agent Gina Tuscano, Gina Toscano
Stockard Channing
as Abigail Bartlett, First Lady Abigail Bartlet
Janel Moloney
as Donna Moss
Edward James Olmos
as Mendoza, Roberto Mendoza
Roger Rees
as John Marbury, Lord John Marbury
Paul Provenza
as Steve Onorato
John De Lancie
as Al Kiefer
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, Tillinghouse
James Handy
as Congressman Bruno
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
as Captain Morris Tolliver M.D. (guest), Morris Tolliver
Ariono Suriawinata
as President of Indonesia
Paul Austin
as George Hufnagle
Karl Malden
as Father Thomas Cavanaugh, Rev. Tom Cavanaugh
Al Frann
as Joe Willis
Ken Howard
as Harrison, Peyton Cabot Harrison III
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
Lawrence Pressman
as Ken Cochran
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
Mason Adams
as Crouch, Judge Joseph Crouch
Amy Aquino
as Becky Reeseman, Rebecca Reeseman
David Brisbin
as Congressman No. 1
Bruce Weitz
as Senator
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
David Huddleston
as Sen. Lobell
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Critic Reviews for The West Wing: Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9)

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 18, 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.

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

[Director] Schlamme provides a swirling, in-the-eye-of-the-action visual style that perfectly captures the energy and muscle of Sorkin's writing.

January 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite [a] preposterous element, the rest of tonight's pilot is dramatically sound.

January 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The hot-button political topics The West Wing dared push in its pilot episode are still alive and kickin' today.

September 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Nothing walk-and-talked quite like it.

April 30, 2018 | Full Review…

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