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Old 13-10-2008, 11:25
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I have always loved the West Wing and have been watching my DVDs (partly inspired by the American Election). Has there ever been a series so brilliantly written, cast and acted!? Okay I know there are those who thing it went off the boil after Sorkin ducked out but I have just finished Season two and was blown away by the quality.
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Old 13-10-2008, 11:53
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It's fantastic, and a little bit spooky in terms of how closely the season 6/7 election is being played out in real life now.
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Old 13-10-2008, 11:55
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It's fantastic, and a little bit spooky in terms of how closely the season 6/7 election is being played out in real life now.
Isnt it? Also have just watched an episode where Mexico goes bankrupt - hmmmm that also sounds a bit familar!
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Old 13-10-2008, 11:57
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It was my favourite show and I miss it so much.
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Old 13-10-2008, 12:02
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I'm a fan also.

Yes, its all very strange how Sorkin almost predicts things.
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Old 13-10-2008, 12:23
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Has there ever been a series so brilliantly written, cast and acted!?
Quite simply, no.

Probably the most intelligently written scripted drama that I can remember. In comparative terms, only The Shield and The Wire get anywhere near it IMO.

Whilst a popular view, I don't subscribe to the dropoff after Sorkin left. Sure, season 5 wasn't great, even though there were a few outstanding individual episodes, but for my money, seasons 6 and 7 were back on form. Personally, I'd have liked to see the Santos administration in power in further seasons.

And for my money, the season 2 finale, Two Cathedrals, remains one of the best hours of television, anytime, anywhere.
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Old 13-10-2008, 13:01
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I'm a fan also.

Yes, its all very strange how Sorkin almost predicts things.
Actually Sorkin had left by that point, I don't think John Wells gets enough credit for his running of the show after Season 4.

Season 5 was shaky, but 6 and 7 were great TV.

EDIT - Just seen the above post say exactly the same thing, Do'h!
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Old 13-10-2008, 13:12
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I agree west wing was by far one the finest written & acted series I have seen. The casting of John Spence & Martin Sheen was just inspired.

My favourite episode was by far the one where Mrs Langinham is killed in a car crash. The President aka Martin Sheen has his secret service agents close down the church, so he can say his good bye to the woman who was to all intensive purposes his surrogate mother.

Martin Sheen was just amazing.
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Old 13-10-2008, 13:22
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I'm just discovering it for the first time, and think it's fantastic - I've just started series 7 now and am gutted it's going to end when I get through it!
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Old 13-10-2008, 13:24
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tragically enough, since getting all seven series on DVD my hubby and I have watched it all the way through, season 1 - 7 a number of times

doesn't matter how many times you watch it, there's always something new
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Old 13-10-2008, 13:32
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I personally would love to see the format revisited - either a post-Santos administration or maybe in the past, perhaps 1920's or even the 1880's, which would make it different enough and yet familiar.
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Old 13-10-2008, 13:42
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YES!!! Absolutely love it! i watched all 7 seasons over a few months - even watched 11 episodes in one day when i was ill over xmas...
Bartlett is the president that the US needs.
i cried when it ended
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Old 13-10-2008, 13:43
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Well I've never seen the West Wing, well maybe one or two episodes but I didn't have a clue what was going on. Some of my friends have recommend it so I might grab the Complete Series from HMV for 50.
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Old 13-10-2008, 13:50
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There's just too many good episodes to list in The West Wing.

If I just fancy watching something good, I generally just grab a DVD at random from the series and put it on.

Ones that particularly stick out is the season 4 'live' debate episode, and the election episodes afterwards. And I also like the episode in season 6 where the US almost invades Canada and you've got Kate trying to stop it all. Oh, and the episode where the Government is shutdown because Bartlett refuses to make the cuts that the republicans want.
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Old 13-10-2008, 14:25
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Actually Sorkin had left by that point, I don't think John Wells gets enough credit for his running of the show after Season 4.

Season 5 was shaky, but 6 and 7 were great TV.

EDIT - Just seen the above post say exactly the same thing, Do'h!

I agree. I enjoyed all seven seasons but I really liked the new slant on things that the last two seasons gave to the series.

Been watching the re-runs on More 4 and was delighted when they got up to S6 as I've got that on DVD and I flew through it all at the weekend ! Just love that series, especially the Santos / Vinick bits. Of course, I've now painted myself into a corner as I either have to wait until January to see the final series again or go out and buy S7 on DVD !

I saw a doc on BBC Four recently where one of the WW writers said that Santos was based on Obama. That they also pitched him against a centre-right Republican who didn't go to church regularly and needed a VP who was staunchly pro-life to counter his own views on the subject is also a might spooky.
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Old 13-10-2008, 15:25
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Quite simply, no.

Probably the most intelligently written scripted drama that I can remember. In comparative terms, only The Shield and The Wire get anywhere near it IMO.

Whilst a popular view, I don't subscribe to the dropoff after Sorkin left. Sure, season 5 wasn't great, even though there were a few outstanding individual episodes, but for my money, seasons 6 and 7 were back on form. Personally, I'd have liked to see the Santos administration in power in further seasons.

And for my money, the season 2 finale, Two Cathedrals, remains one of the best hours of television, anytime, anywhere.
Just watched Two Cathedrals and it was just awesome. The scene in the Cathedral with Martin Sheen just has to be the greatest acting I have seen on the TV.
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Old 13-10-2008, 15:28
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I am watching the reruns on More4 i have only one word for this series-class nuf said.
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Old 13-10-2008, 15:31
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Hard to choose with so many but here are my top five:

1 In excelsis deo

Where Toby arranges the funeral for the Vet and Mrs Landingham goes with him.

2 Satilite Navigation

CJ and the "woot canel"

3 The Stackhouse Filibuster

Cheesy but it worked

4. Noel

Bradley Whitford and Leo and the Man down the hole story

5. The final one, predictable but fitting end. The scene with Toby and CJ wow!
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Old 13-10-2008, 16:53
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Hard to choose with so many

5. The final one, predictable but fitting end. The scene with Toby and CJ wow!
Toby ain't in the last episode.
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Old 13-10-2008, 17:08
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Toby ain't in the last episode.
I got confused, I was refering to Institional Memory, when CJ goes to Toby's apartment.

Speaking of Toby, I was never comfortable with his ending. He would never has betrayed the President!
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Old 13-10-2008, 20:27
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I brought the complete series box set from HMV last week. IMO 50 for 43 discs of the West Wing might possibly be the best DVD deal in history.
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Old 13-10-2008, 20:42
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Just to add my two penneth.

It's the greatest piece of TV writing and acting ever .

Whats next !!!!!!!
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Old 13-10-2008, 22:58
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I just finished season 7 around a month ago, and while I would happily start watching it all again tomorrow, I do think there was a dip in quality towards the end.

From mid-season 6 onwards they tried to change the format, by focusing on the next election and introduced a lot of new characters, which meant less time for the characters we knew and also left the viewer with a little bit of resentment towards the new characters.

I found season 7 tough going for a long time, although it did pick up dramatically towards the end.

I love the end of season 2 - there's a great arc from when
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to the season's end.

I also really liked season 5, again there's a really strong run of episodes from Constituency of One through to Shutdown.

The show had a lot of good characters and great actors, but for me the show was about Josh - he stole every scene he was in.
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Old 13-10-2008, 23:21
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I have just started watching it for the first time. I'm halfway through the first season and absolutely loving it. Love all the characters especially CJ

Bit annoyed I didn't watch it when it was on originally!
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Old 13-10-2008, 23:34
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Yes. Best. Show. Ever!
...so I might grab the Complete Series from HMV for 50.
I couldn't believe that price, so I just checked it out and it's true!!! It's that price on Amazon too. What an absolute bargain!!
Ones that particularly stick out is the season 4 'live' debate episode, and the election episodes afterwards.
And you call yourself a fan That was Season 7! (Was that a brain-burp or a typo?)
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