#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Series Online Free – Presidential advisers get their personal lives hopelessly tangled up with professional duties as they try to conduct the business of running a country. Fictional Democratic President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet suffers no fools, and that policy alienates many. He and his dedicated staffers struggle to balance the needs of the country with the political realities of Washington, D.C., working through two presidential terms that include countless scandals, threats and political scuffles, as well as the race to succeed Bartlet as the leader of the free world. Plot: The West Wing provides a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation’s capital as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. These interesting characters have humor and dedication that touches the heart while the politics that they discuss touch on everyday life.
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The first edition, indeed season, of this political drama is as good as it gets. Aaron Sorkin has created a monster – in just about every sense – and the cast led by Martin Sheen (“President Bartlet”) consistently deliver well as the senior advisors in his administration – alongside some sadly infrequent appearances from his no-nonsense wife (Stockard Channing) – guide us through the daily trials and tribulations accompanying American government. For the most part, the pace is hectic, controlled (sometimes) by the calming, sagacious influence of his Chief of Staff “Leo” (John Spencer) and deals with just about every sort of scenario – domestic, foreign, familial and collegiate that comes across the paths of the Director of Communications (Richard Schiff), his deputy (Rob Lowe), the Press Secretary (Allison Janney) as well as “Josh Lyman” (Bradley Whitford) – the passionate but occasional liability that is the deputy Chief of Staff. Sorkin and the cast manage, effortlessly, to create a series of scenarios that reminded me of both “Yes, Minister” and the original (British) “House of Cards” – comedy and humour expertly mixed with politicking on a grand, yet personal, scale. Nothing is off limits insofar as the subjects covered and it presents as authentic a depiction of government as we are ever likely to see. Personally, I though Stockard Channing added loads to this as the First Lady and Janney and Spencer’s characters gave me hope that maybe, just maybe, someone in there knew what the hell was going on. Of course it takes an hugely American perspective on things, which as a non-American grated a bit on occasion with an intermingling of fact and fiction that sometimes compromised the integrity of the stories; but in the main it is one hell of a watch. Unfortunately, around about the start of series four, the writing starts to slide and the cast – fresh and vibrant at the beginning of the run – begin to take too great a role behind the camera; the plots become too personal (even romantic) and far-fetched. The original stars feature a bit less and it loses much of it’s potency and it’s plausibility. Certainly, the last two series which focus on presidential succession and sidelined many of the cast we had followed since day one left me cold and disinterested. By the conclusion I felt there had been maybe two series too many… At it’s best, it is great, thought-provoking, entertainment though and well worth binging on.
If every program on TV was this good I’d never leave the house.
I have to agree with the reviewers who call this the best drama show ever, at least for entertainment value. Of course, it gets panned often for political reasons by people who perhaps don’t watch it enough to see that, yes, it is a liberal administration being represented here, but they often make mistakes and fail in their efforts, so it is hardly a progressive utopia.
I write novels in my spare tome, and I like to think my dialogue is a strong point, so I have nothing but admiration for the fast and witty conversations in this show. You may literally have to watch the series a second time to catch everything thrown at you in their quick back and forth banter, often delivered as they pace around the West Wing set. But that is no hardship either. Much has been made about Aaron Sorkin’s departure from the show, and perhaps there was a slight drop in quality because of it, but it was still well worth watching. It was so good, the new kids couldn’t break it.
“Wing” is a beautifully written, cinematically packaged series that satisfies the audience’s desire to see behind these particular closed doors
Network: NBC; Genre: Drama; Content Rating: TV-PG; Available: DVD and syndication; Perspective: Modern Classic (star range: 1- 5);
Seasons Reviewed: Complete Series (7 seasons)
Created out of the ashes of the tragic failure that ABC befell his neo-classic “Sports Night” (which I also highly recommend), Aaron Sorkin’s next effort aims at nothing short of the most powerful office in the world. “The West Wing” takes us behind the scenes of the Bartlet (Martin Sheen) administration and his staff, which includes special counselor Leo (John Spencer), the dryly spunky Press Secretary C.J. (Allison Janney), Chief of Staff Josh (Bradley Whitford) and his model-like assistant Donna (Janel Moloney), morose Communications Director Toby (Richard Schiff), aid Charlie (Dule Hill) and Deputy Comm Director Will (Josh Malin, “Sports Night”).
To best enjoy “Wing”, with its occasionally maddening bouts of self indulgence and nose-in-the-air intellectual showboating, is to understand how purposefully different it is from just about anything else on TV. It lacks the kind of compelling situational drama you’d expect. Most of the real action occurs off screen, with us simply hearing that a crisis was solved. This show is about conversations, history and civics lessons and an ambitious deconstruction of wedge issues that you never heard spoken of so thoughtfully in entertainment television. “Wing’s” vision of politics is an old-fashioned fantasy of a noble grass roots attempt, guided by history and the framers, where the political process is a necessary tool, o do what’s right for the common man.
The political right has taken the show out to the woodshed for spouting liberal propaganda (every character is a vocal Democrat), but in my experience with it, it has been nothing but honest and fair with it’s topics, unlike the blunt object beating we get from David E. Kelley and Dick Wolf shows. You have to be quick to catch inferences to tax cuts creating service cuts and women’s lives being ruined by having a child and not an abortion. Free from a need to create simplistic sound-bytes or follow poll numbers of real-world politicians, Sorkin’s world depicts the kind of well reasoned discourse lost in the modern, media-driven political climate.
Back to the dialog and the most important thing. This is a show that can be written with such lyrical beauty and directed with such cinematic majesty that it elevates it from a conceptually tedious concept and static stories. Sorkin brings back the snappy, lightening-fast “His Girl Friday” conversations of “Night”. A man in love with his dialog (I can’t fault him for that), he crams very syllable of every crisp monologue in the running time.
Satisfying the audience’s desire to see behind these particular closed doors, “Wing” consciously maintains a fly-on-the-wall quality as we follow the White House staff through hallways and offices discussing everything from the most frivolous everyday annoyances and grammatical idiosyncrasies to weighty issues of domestic and foreign policy. It gives us the wonderful illusion we are seeing the real nit and grit behind the political process – from getting enough votes to pass a bill to keeping piece in the Middle East. This is C-SPAN stuff, packaged with beautiful, epic pageantry.
At series’ end my initial reaction to the show still holds water. By comparison it doesn’t have the heart or the laughs of “Sports Night”. It has a rich look and feel but, for all its philosophizing and linguistic gymnastics, I still remain detached from the characters and any emotional core at all. Spencer is terrific and Janney and Whitford make TV stars of themselves with what are for the most part mechanical characters with just enough quirks to get them banging against each other nicely. That said, Whitford and Moloney have an engaging chemistry that draws us in and lets us root for them. A chemistry that the show takes a smart 7 years to pay off.
Sorkin and Sheen’s president is a Frank Capra fantasy the melds together the most idealistic elements of politics and Americana into someone who can represent the best of his ideology and is still human enough to display the worst. Granted, this is Sorkin’s fantasy so the latter is rare and Bartlet gets the last wise word most of the time.
After the 4th season, Sorkin leaves the show amid rumors of drug use and studio hack John Wells is brought on board. Wells is a network hack who took over “ER” when Michael Crichton stepped away and turned it into a soap opera, and then did the same with his own “Third Watch”. The show slowly changes under Wells and while he resists his usual urge to sadistically kill of major characters, Sorkin’s trademark dialog is slowed down and the show gets more traditionally exciting, but the intellectual substance remains and Wells gels with the show well.
I don’t love “The West Wing” as much as others. Each episode starts strong and ends strong, but almost always looses steam in the long 2nd act. So goes entire seasons, which can bring us in and go out with an assassination, a kidnapping, terrorist attack or some other exciting peril for a main character and stall for entire hours in the winter.
Under Wells’ control, the series ends with a spectacular bang. The final season brings an end to the Bartlet administration and follows the feverish presidential campaign of both parties race to win the election and instill their candidate – either Republican Senator Vinick (liberal He-man Alan Alda) or Democrat congressman Santos (Jimmy Smitts) – in as his successor. After 7 seasons the show goes out as rewarding and classy as it came in. A behind-the-scenes celebration of the American political process. It is an exceptional final season for a classy and classic show.
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Excellent Show but Not For Me!
The West Wing is Hollywood’s version of life in Washington D.C. with a beautiful cast of accomplished actors and actresses but it’s nowhere near the behind the scenes version of the White House’s Presidential Wing. Granted, the great Martin Sheen can play President Josiah Bartlett as he did playing John F. Kennedy in the mini-series. Stockard Channing is brilliant as the first lady while Allison Janney shows her acting abilities beyond the call of duty as one of his right hands. There are others like Dule Hill, Mary McCormack, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford, and Richard Schiff in an excellent supporting cast. There were also guest stars like Kathryn Joosten and Lily Tomlin. The writing was solid as the acting itself but I’m not into dramas. They suck too much energy from me. I want to leave laughing and not thinking because I do it already. In fact, I was studying political science when the show went on the air and I’ve lost the interest because I went towards education.
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Original Title The West Wing
Total Seasons 7
Released 22 Sep 1999
Release Year 1999–2006
Writer Aaron Sorkin
Actors Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney
Country United States
Awards Won 26 Primetime Emmys. 120 wins & 263 nominations total
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