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The West Wing: Season 5 (2003-2004)




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Entering its fifth season, The West Wing begins as the President -- and the nation -- faces the traumatic kidnapping of his youngest daughter, and that it may be the result of his controversial political actions.


Martin Sheen
as President Josiah `Jed' Bartlet
John Spencer
as Leo McGarry
Allison Janney
as C.J. Cregg
Richard Schiff
as Toby Ziegler
Bradley Whitford
as Josh Lyman
Dulé Hill
as Charlie Young
Stockard Channing
as First Lady Abigail Bartlet
Joshua Malina
as Will Bailey
Janel Moloney
as Donna Moss
Lily Tomlin
as Debbie Fiderer
Jesse Bradford
as Ryan Pierce
Gary Cole
as Robert Russell
John Amos
as Fitzwallace
Terry O'Quinn
as Gen. Nicholas Alexander
Mary-Louise Parker
as Amy Gardner
Mary McCormack
as Kate Harper
Steven Culp
as Speaker Haffley
Michael Hyatt
as Angela Blake
Ron Canada
as Theodore Montgomery
Steve Ryan
as Secretary Hutchinson
John Goodman
as Glenallen Walken
Elisabeth Moss
as Zoey Bartlet
Jay Mohr
as Taylor Reid
Nina Siemaszko
as Ellie Bartlet
Annabeth Gish
as Elizabeth Bartlet Westin
Kathleen York
as Andrea Wyatt
Clark Gregg
as Mike Casper
Brian Kerwin
as Ben Dryer
Steven Eckholdt
as Doug Westin
Ryan Cutrona
as George Sliger
Anna Deavere Smith
as Nancy McNally
Jason Isaacs
as Colin Ayres
Milo O'Shea
as Cheif Justice Roy Ashland
H. Richard Greene
as Senator Royce
Sam Robards
as Greg Brock
Deirdre Lovejoy
as Lisa Wolfe
Steven Pierce
as OMB Director
Tim Matheson
as John Hoynes
Albie Selznick
as Todd Schumaker
Marlee Matlin
as Joey Lucas
Matthew Perry
as Joe Quincy
Josef Sommer
as Senator Gaines
James Cromwell
as D. Wire Newman
Kate Burton
as Senator Brainerd
Maree Cheatham
as Governor Wade
Michael O'Neill
as Ron Butterfield
Gabrielle Union
as Meeshell Anders
Cherry Jones
as Rep. Barbara Layton
Tom Skerritt
as Senator Carrick
Nick Searcy
as Representative Singer
Michael Nouri
as Senator Turner
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Kenneth O'Neal
Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Israeli Prime Minister
Joyce Guy
as Charlayne
Brent Huff
as Agent Broder
Christina Chang
as Alex Moreau
Gary Coles
as Robert `Bingo' Russell
Michael Kagan
as FBI Director Arnold
Ivan Allen
as Commentator
William Devane
as Secretary of State Berryhill
Glenn Close
as Evelyn Baker Lang
Reed Diamond
as Dr. Gordon
Lauren Stamile
as Layla Cham
Allison Smith
as Mallory O'Brien
Michael Gaston
as Eric Hayden
Joaquim de Almeida
as Carlos Carrio
Timothy Busfield
as Danny Concannon
Bryan Callen
as Louis Slater
Mark Moses
as Rep. Donald Richter
Jamison Yang
as Agent Lee
Maz Jobrani
as Prince Bitar
Ron Dean
as Tom Broderick
William Fichtner
as Christopher Mulready
Tracey Costello
as Agent Moody
Dylan Baker
as Alan Fisk
David Andriole
as Ralph Fairfax
Margot Rose
as Portia Colgrave
Michael Mantell
as Shelly Lukens
Stephen Lee
as Mall Guy
Bellamy Young
as Marylou Meriwether
Beau Billingslea
as Agent Velasquez
Steven Anderson
as FEMA Director
Carlos Gomez
as Admiral McGill
Kenneth Kimmins
as Gen. Stanley
Kathrin Lautner
as Diane Mathers
Michael Krepack
as Gus Westin
Paul Mendoza
as Representative Ramirez
John Lafayette
as Dr. Lewis Foy
Paul Jenkins
as Martin Sheffield
H.M. Winant
as Senator Starkey
Chris Gardner
as First Guest
Allan Kerwin
as Steven Thomas
Robert Picardo
as Bradford Shelton
Robert Arce
as Senator Adair
Christopher Maher
as Iranian Ambassador
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Max Milkman
Diana Douglas
as Libby Lassiter
Wil Hall
as Other Guest
Mitchell Ryan
as Sen. Roland Pierce
Lee Oliver Boyd
as Cable Anchor
Susan Ziegler
as Local Reporter
Natalija Nogulich
as Shira Galit
Pat Gebhard
as Grand Rapids Pollster
Dev Johnson
as Raven One
Obi Ndefo
as Donald
Matt Huhn
as Raven Co-pilot
Alan Toy
as Franklin
John J. Dalesandro
as Secret Service Agent
Charles Howerton
as Actor President
Frank Ashmore
as Rep. Chris Finn
David Bickford
as NASA Official
Philip Baker Hall
as Sen. Matt Hunt
David Castellani
as On-Site Reporter
Sarah Benoit
as Senator Lindsay
Brooke Bauer
as Bradenton Pollster
Kellyn Jones
as On-Site Reporter
Charles C. Stevenson Jr.
as Bradenton Pollster
Dat Phan
as NVA Officer
Devin Michaels
as Randal Fierstin
Tony Pasqualini
as Representative Jaffe
Mandy Freund
as Hoynes Assistant
Ginger Justin
as Swiss Diplomat
Mitch Gibney
as Talking Head
Christine Lusita
as HR Assistant
Kevin Symons
as FBI Press Rep
Tang Nguyen
as NVA Officer
Billy Mayo
as Secret Service Agent
Mara Casey
as Lauren
Don Fischer
as Major Castorp
James Ingersoll
as Cable News Pundit
Michael Mack
as Secret Service Agent Randy
Harper Roisman
as Herb Morris
Bradley James
as Secret Service Agent
Roger Hampton
as Floor Manager
Don Priester
as Secret Service Agent
Bradley James
as Secret Service Agent
Brian Cataland
as USS Cowpens Officer
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Critic Reviews for The West Wing: Season 5

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6)

[John] Wells may have less sensationalistic plot turns in mind for the coming season, but he must first see his way out of Sorkin's misguided twists, which have also included Bartlet's multiple sclerosis story line.

June 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Season five is shockingly horrible, even worse than you remember, packed with about eighteen different bad ideas designed to make the show into another show altogether.

June 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Executive producer Aaron Sorkin has handed his title and creation to John Wells, who in tackling the cliffhanger he inherits, adds adroit touches of political sniping.

February 27, 2018 | Full Review…

This was not a series that got worse, or a simple matter of bad writing in comparison to Sorkin's inspired writing. It wasn't that the moments that made the show great were fewer and far between, it was that this was no longer the same show.

June 27, 2018 | Full Review…

This remains superbly entertaining TV, but is best viewed as a transitional bridge between the chaotic genius of the early years and the more structured, narratively superior season six.

July 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Really, if it weren't for the professionalism of the cast, you'd think The West Wing had turned into its own Saturday Night Live parody.

June 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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