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The West Wing - Complete Season 1 [DVD]

Martin Sheen , Rob Lowe , Alan Taylor , Alex Graves    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford
  • Directors: Alan Taylor, Alex Graves, Anthony Drazan, Arlene Sanford, Bill D'Elia
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 990 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068OVR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,117 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Aaron Sorkin's American political drama The West Wing is more than mere feel-good viewing for sentimental US patriots. It is among the best-written, sharpest, funniest and most moving American TV series of all time. In its first series, The West Wing established the cast of characters comprising the White House staff. There's Chief of Staff Leo McGarry (John Spencer), a recovering alcoholic whose efforts to be the cornerstone of the administration contribute to the break-up of his marriage. CJ (Alison Janney) is the formidable Press Spokeswoman embroiled in a tentative on-off relationship with Timothy (Thirtysomething) Busfield's reporter. Brilliant but grumpy communications deputy Toby Ziegler, Rob Lowe's brilliant but faintly nerdy Sam Seaborn and brilliant but smart-alecky Josh Lyman make up the rest of the inner circle. Initially, the series' creators had intended to keep the President off-screen. Wisely, however, they went with Martin Sheen's Jed Bartlet, whose eccentric volatility, caution, humour and strength in a crisis make for such an impressively plausible fictional President that polls once expressed a preference for Bartlet over the genuine incumbent.

The issues broached in the first series have striking, often prescient contemporary relevance. We see the President having to be talked down from a "disproportionate response" when terrorists shoot down a plane carrying his personal doctor, or acting as broker in a dangerous stand-off between India and Pakistan. Gun control laws, gays in the military and fundamentalist pressure groups are all addressed--the latter in a most satisfying manner ("Get your fat asses out of the White House!")--while the episode "Take This Sabbath Day" is a superb dramatic meditation on capital punishment.

Handled incorrectly, The West Wing could have been turgid, didactic propaganda for The American Way. However, the writers are careful to show that, decent as this administration is, its achievements, though hard-won, are minimal. Moreover, the brisk, staccato-like, almost musical exchanges of dialogue, between Josh and his PA Donna, for instance, as they pace purposefully up and down the corridors are the show's abiding joy. This is wonderful and addictive viewing. --David Stubbs

Product Description

6-disc set containing all the episodes from Series 1:

  • Pilot
  • Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc
  • A Proportional Response
  • Five Votes Down
  • The Crackpots and These Women
  • Mr. Willis of Ohio
  • The State Dinner
  • Enemies
  • The Short List
  • In Excelsis Deo
  • Lord John Marbury
  • He Shall, from Time to Time
  • Take Out the Trash Day
  • Take This Sabbath Day
  • Celestial Navigation
  • 20 Hours in L.A.
  • The White House Pro-Am
  • Six Meetings Before Lunch
  • Let Bartlet Be Bartlet
  • Mandatory Minimums
  • Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics
  • What Kind of Day Has It Been?

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Rocks My World 12 Mar 2007
By Kalah
The second best season in the series starts out as being just another day at the office, with the president riding his bicycle into a tree, Sam accidentally sleeping with a callgirl and political issues up to wazoo. The first season got a total of nine Emmy Awards, and they're well deserved. The script is magnificent, the cast exceptional, and the plot varies from ordinary to divine.

What makes this season so good? What makes this season one of the two I could (and do) watch over and over? Well, the cast members are still working their way into their respective characters, feeling their way on how to deal with their own acting and reacting, and the fact is, it just gets better and better from start to finish. Once you start, you can't stop. The plot is engaging enough to keep you interested from episode to episode, and then all of a sudden something happens which leaves you completely star struck. Toby's conversation with Mr. Willis and the other congressmen, the staggering (literally!) performance of Roger Rees as the Lord John Marbury, and the increasingly quick and amusing bouncing-back-and-forth comments by Sam, Toby, Josh and CJ sets the standard for all the other seasons to come.

It also sets the tone for what kind of president Bartlet's going to be. Intense, oratory and passionate, the president goes from quoting Roman emperors to saying "well, duh" in the same sentence. Toby later describes him as "the two Bartlets": one is the absent-minded professor with the "Aw, Dad" sense of humour; disarming, unthreatening, good for all time zones, and the other is the Nobel Laureate searching for salvation; lonely, frustrated, lethal, who's father never liked him because he was too smart.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
I ordered the first series of the west wing on a whim, I can't remember exactly why but I'd never seen it on television before apart from trailers and just fancied giving it a go based on the strength of online reviews.

I wasn't disappointed in the slightest, it exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The overall strength of the acting, the camerawork, the storylines, the whit and humour and the way in which you develop such likes or dislikes for certain characters is remarkable. I have since purchased all series up to series 4 and I'm gradually making my way through the episodes.

There are 22 episodes in the first series, each of 42 minutes in length. Thats at least a week and a half worth of entertainment for the price of a day out based on watching two episodes per night.

One thing I do recommend is that you purchase series 2 as well once you know you are enjoying the first series as the cliffhanger is unbelievable between the two series. I watched about 5 in one night at the point of transition from first series to second series.

Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing 1 Jan 2006
By A Customer
I live on mainland europe and missed out on the TV screening of the West Wing..but I just got the DVD set of the first series for Xmas and am utterly hooked. I 'm not a big tv fan but this series is well worth watching. Fascinating storylines, , sparkling dialogue and inspired casting (who else but Martin Sheen would make you wish he was president ? ) all make this essential viewing for anyone who appreciates intelligent entertainment ..... It does have moments of sentimentality but these are balanced with the clever dialogue and convincing performances , so who cares??
Strongly recommended ...I'm waiting for series two to arrive and am putting 3,4,5 and 6 on my wish list
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 25 Jan 2006
By MrShev
I didn't catch any of the West Wing went it was broadcast on Channel 4 and was bought the season 1 box set as a present. I found the pilot episode to be a bit fast and furious and quite confusing. I also found it difficult to remember who was who, who did what and what the hell they were talking about: all this because the programme very rarely patronises you and just lays the story out for you to take in as you will. It made me read up on American politics and the staff structure of the West Wing and how that related to the president etcetera etcetera. What other programmes on mainstream television make you do that?
The West Wing is excellent television made to the highest standards with very good talent, sharp scripts and long term plots that immerse you completely. I have just bought season 2 (because, at the end of 1, you kind of have to) and am greatly looking forward to it. This is good, smart television - and that doesn't come along very often - so I unreservedly recommend it to the un-initiated.
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103 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the greatest tv series ever made? 10 Aug 2002
By A Customer
The West Wing has changed the way TV series are made. It's intellegent, witty , never crude and the acting superb. This show has been a huge hit in the uk dispite being put on a grave yard slot because it is superior to any other show in the world right now.
The cast act so well together it is almost impossible to pick the best character. If i had to i'd say Bradley Whitfords brilliant expression of deputy chief of staff Josh Lyman steals the show for me but it's a tough choice. The sign of a great show!
These 22 episodes are fast moving but emotionally played out and the cliff hanger ending will leave you on the edge of your seats!
DVD features include cast interviews and a making of piece. Both are well worth watching.
The only complaint I have is there is no release date for season 2 DVD release in the UK yet!!!
Watch a part of television history and laugh, cry and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imperious
This series will stand the test of time - the daddy of the box set. Superbly written, directed and acted. Beyond good.
Published 3 days ago by MR S G T MONEY
5.0 out of 5 stars The west Wing-series 0ne
One of the first programmes of its type which I viewed when it was first shown. Still retains the ability to inform and entertain. A winner!
all the way
Published 16 days ago by George Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Like seeing and old friend again, great :)
Had seen it on TV many moons ago, loved it, had bought the DVD set, watched it, watched it again, loved it, then thought I could live without it, and sold them all!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nia Rowlands-Cranham
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I was unable to watch the series on TV as I do not have the necessary channels and all who had seen it recommended the purchase of the entire series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacqui Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
We loved this series and so we bought the DVD collection. It is only with hindsight that we now see it as a wonderful propaganda exercise to prepare the American mind for the cult... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Socrates
5.0 out of 5 stars Best TV series
Last year I watched every season of West Wing and apart from a couple of dull patches in the third / fourth seasons I really enjoyed it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars West Wing Season 1
Of course it gets 5 stars - the whole series is worth 10 stars at least! I bought this for a friend as an introduction to TWW, And she's hooked - so job done there then!
Published 4 months ago by Dawne Kovan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant end to this season
The finale of this season was the best out of all the series. I had to buy this series on DVD as my video player had broken!!
Published 5 months ago by Jo
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
All these glowing reviews; I have to join the few dissenters.

I have only watched the first series and decided, with my partner that we didn't 'get it'. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Johnny Cyprus
5.0 out of 5 stars The best tv ever
I grew up in DC and was totally involved in politics - if only real people could be as smart and pure as these folks.

Best dialogue, best walking/talking, best tv.
Published 7 months ago by Leoni
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