• Cypress Bay High School - Weston, FL
  • January 26, 2021
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BY DARIAN TRABOLD

Web Managing Editor

Aaron Sorkin’s political masterpiece “The West Wing,” which aired from 1999-2006 and won 26 Emmys, follows President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and his staff in the West Wing during his administration. President Bartlet is surrounded by his dedicated team, including Chief of Staff Leo McGary (John Spencer), Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford), communications director Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff), Press Secretary C.J. Cregg  (Allison Janney), aide to the president Charlie Young (Dule Hill) and deputy communications director Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe), who navigate the highs and lows of working in Washington D.C. while trying to run a country. “The West Wing” offers an escape from the bitter partisan politics of today and creates an idealized world of what the U.S. government should look like. The character development is a true reflection of what two terms in office look like, and it is hard not to love every character, recurring or not. The fast-paced, lighthearted, high-minded sometimes obnoxious dialogue is what makes the show so compelling. The best episode of the entire series is the season two finale “Two Cathedrals.” President Bartlet deals with the emotional trauma of unexpectedly losing his long-time secretary and friend Mrs. Landingham (Kathryn Joosten).  His soliloquy in the cathedral following her funeral where he calls out God is show-stopping and is the greatest moment in television history. It brings to light one of Barlet’s most compelling character traits: balancing his Catholicism with the toughness of the job. “The West Wing” is a must-watch series for everyone, especially those who want to get into politics or want an escape from Trump-era politics. 

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