The West Wing (1999–2006)
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Santos and his staff prepare for the inauguration as Bartlet and his team look back on their years in the White House.

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), John Wells
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Senator Arnold Vinick
Stockard Channing ... Abbey Bartlet
Kristin Chenoweth ... Annabeth Schott
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Mary McCormack ... Kate Harper
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry (credit only)
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Jimmy Smits ... Matthew Santos
Martin Sheen ... President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet
Teri Polo ... Helen Santos
Lily Tomlin ... Deborah Fiderer
Michael O'Neill ... Secret Service Agent Ron Butterfield
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Santos and his staff prepare for the inauguration as Bartlet and his team look back on their years in the White House.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Both the season premiere and series finale have the current President asking "What's next?" at or near the end of the episode. President Bartlet to Mrs. Landingham in the premiere and President Santos to Josh Lyman in the finale. The premiere ended with the question, but the finale had one more scene; President and Mrs. Bartlet on the plane. See more »

Goofs

Both the justice administering the presidential office and Matt Santos get the oath of office wrong. In the phrase, "I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States," they both incorrectly add a definite article before the word 'president' (about 12 min. before the end). See more »

Quotes

Deborah Fiderer: Good morning, Mr. President.
President Josiah Bartlet: Morning.
Deborah Fiderer: How do you feel this morning?
President Josiah Bartlet: Unemployed.
Deborah Fiderer: A lot of that going around the building.
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Soundtracks

West Wing Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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Season 7: A solid ending if far too smug about it
21 October 2013 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed the sixth season of this show, mainly because it had good things about it but partly because it was at least better than the previous two seasons. The addition of Alda and Smits to the show really helped freshen it up and I looked forward to it continuing into this final season. This does mostly carry on as the first two-thirds of the season is very much about the election campaign and as such it has momentum and energy. It doesn't have grit or cynicism about it though – not even a hint - and this does hurt it somewhat, because it does feel like such a fantasy and so very safe. I would have preferred more comment, more insight and perhaps a hint of the reality of politics, but instead it is all a dream.

As such it works for those viewers that enjoy the show – for sure those that liked the previous seasons enough to keep going (or, like me, just put up with some of the weaknesses) will find plenty to like because it is a very safe pair of hands. The tone is worthy and the only time dirty politics come into it is really when the two sides fight who can do it last. As such it does seem unrealistic and it didn't have some of the edge that I enjoyed in the previous season. It gets even softer once the election is decided because it has an air of a reunion of old characters and of a farewell to the viewer. This is understandable at the end of seven seasons, but it really does feel very smug and satisfied with itself – not as bad as that first season but still it wallows a lot.

The cast help it – in particular Smits and Alda. Although they are simplified characters, their performances are really good and you do grow to like them both. For the "main" cast, Whitford and Janney lead the way and do well, but you do get the feeling that they were available while the others moved on and filmed several "pop-ins" in a week (eg Hill). Spencer gives a very good performance in one episode where he is preparing for a debate, and is solid otherwise. His loss during the season is not handled well at all – not just plot-wise but how much the show lingers on it and becomes about it.

It is still a solid season though – does what you expect, faults and all, and bows out with some grace even if it makes zero impact. Glossy and polished to the end, if you generally liked the show (as I did) then generally you'll like this season – but otherwise it must be said it is a rather smug stroll to the finish line.


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