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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This fourth and last season for creator, Aaron Sorkin is certainly the best of the series. Every episode has you glued to your television. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to watch the last two episodes back to back. You haven't seen intense drama so perfectly crafted (especially the last ten minutes of the second to last episode) untill you've seen this. You'll...
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3.0 out of 5 stars the west wing
I was very happy with my purchase it even worked on my dvd player as it was another region. I am enjoying the dvds thanks
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 28 Aug 2005
This review is from: The West Wing - Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
This fourth and last season for creator, Aaron Sorkin is certainly the best of the series. Every episode has you glued to your television. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to watch the last two episodes back to back. You haven't seen intense drama so perfectly crafted (especially the last ten minutes of the second to last episode) untill you've seen this. You'll be so stiff with concern, almost to the state of shock, before you realize the bitter taste of adrenalin in your own mouth. Sorkin, the director, and the actors (brilliant, every one) have you sympathizing with them so much, you'll think you're a part of it all. That's what drama is supposed to do. You'll want to watch it over and over.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 4th great series, 4 Nov 2004
This review is from: The West Wing - Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
(No spoilers in review)I cannot say this is the best series of the West Wing. The first series is the best, but this sure is close. I've seen series 1, 2, 3 and 4 - All are unbelievably great. This is better than series 3, it seems more focused and has some great story ideas. All the characters are up to their usual great standards and with some new ones added.
The climax to the series, however, is possibly the best piece of television I have ever seen. Any fan of the West Wing will recognise "2 Cathedrals" from series 2 as a legendary episode - the final episode of series 4 "25", surpasses that.
Right from episode one this series delivers the goods and it carries on all the way through. One or two episodes can't be considered brilliant, but there are certainly no bad episodes. Special mention goes to the episodes "Game On", "Evidence of things not seen", "Commencement", "25", "Inauguration part 1&2" (2 especially) and "The California 47th" - But as earlier stated, there are no bad episdoes.
I cannot wait until series 5 comes out. Once you watch series 4 you will be thinking that exact same thing as well!
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best series yet...........Oh yes !, 3 Oct 2004
This review is from: The West Wing - Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Okay, so many West Wing fans felt that the third series dropped off the pace a little compared to the other two that preceded it. Some fans were also worried about the exit of one of the shows key characters Sam (Rob Lowe) in this fourth season and while I did have my reservations about the change in true WW style it's done brilliantly. His replacement Will Bailey (Joshua Malina) is just as good as Sam and possibly could even prove to be better than his predecessor.
As the usual the script is first rate. The writers have the canny knack of being able to blend intelligent and engaging scripts but pepper it with some incredibly funny dialogue and situations. Martin Sheen as usual has all the best lines and witty comebacks. However the opening couple of episodes which focus on Josh, Toby and Donna trying to get back to the White House after missing the motorcade is hilarious and raises some of the best laughs of the series.
This is definitely my favourite series of the West Wing so far. Looking over all the 23 episodes I can't find a single one that I didn't enjoy everyone.
Exciting events that occur in this series include; Sam leaving to take up the running of the California's 47th district campaign, the president facing repercussions over the Shareef's assassination,Toby's ex wife becoming pregnant with Toby's twins, President Bartlett's hiring of a new secretary (the brilliant Lili Tomlin),Charlie bidding to win back Zoey's love and the absolutely awesome and climatic last episode. If the last episode of Series 3 left you disappointed, this one won't.
Once again the West Wing proves itself to be the best American drama series around at the moment. The UK has nothing on television which can touch any drama the yanks have made. If you have the other 3 series on DVD, please don't hesitate to buy this especially if you didn't enjoy the 3rd season as much as the others.
THIS IS THE BEST SERIES OF THE WEST WING SO FAR !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars season 4, 2 Jan 2005
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A further excellent season of this terrifically written drama. The stories occassionally lurch into over-schmaltzy, examples of the american dream;but, there is sufficient surprise and intersting characterisation of the personnel to overcome these faults.
Roll-on season 5 in the UK!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great offering from The West Wing, 13 Sep 2004
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This review is from: The West Wing - Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
You will probably read some reviews for this season of the outstanding drama that is "The West WIng" that are somewhat derogatory. It has often been said that Season 4 is the darkest of the first four offerings, and this is indeed the case. But this is not necessarily a bad thing.
Let me explain why...
The first two seasons were phenomenal, and there really is no excuse for not having seen them. If you haven't, stop reading this review now, buy them, and settle back in your armchair for something like 29 hours of televesion that could conceivably change your life - they really were that good.
The first two seasons were all about developing the relationships between the lead characters, and introducing the viewer to somewhat complex political process that exists in the US. This was tremendously successful, but could not form the basis of an ongoing drama series. The third season, whilst excellent in many ways, did seem to flounder somewhat in comparison. It lacked some of the comedy of the first two seasons, and this was seen by some as a weakness.
So where to go with season 4? For me, it was all about going back to basics, and developing intriguing, in many cases powerful storylines, and then exploring some of the deeper emotional aspects of the characters within those stories. This differs from the first three seasons in that they often seemed to build the stories around the character rather than the other way around. This is, in my opinion, the greatest success of season 4. The emotional link that you build with the senior staff is much stronger than those seasons that went before it, as you see them face situations that have greater personal significance.
My assessment would be that this season is not worse than 1 or 2, just different. There are some truly outstanding episodes - four to pay special attention to are 20 hours in America parts 1 and 2, Game on (perhaps one of the top 3 all time episodes), and the incredibly tense and gripping commencement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Damn, This Is Good..., 12 Mar 2007
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This review is from: The West Wing - Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
As the re-election campaign draws to a close we get several examples of why this staff managed to get him the seat in the first place, and why Bartlet himself managed to beat his republican opponents once; and why he can do it again. His oratory skill is one of the primary reasons Sheen was cast for the series, and why Bartlet was elected the first time. This time, however, the guys find themselves unable to run the campaign they've always wanted to run. New temporary staff is drafted in to help teach them all "not to bother anybody" as a result of the president's MS blunder, and yet in the end Bartlet will be Bartlet.

Two Emmy awards this season; it's been going downhill from the start - from nine to eight to five to... two. That doesn't mean it's not as good as the others, the second season is better than the first, and this one is just as good as the third. The cast is still the same and they get better and better - the show just doesn't live up to the earlier seasons because of the plot. Too much of it is the sort of stuff we've seen before. The political battles... it's still just as well-made, it's just that we've seen it before. The continuation bit is the campaign, the character relationships and the romantic interests.

This is the last season with Sorkin as the writer, and he leaves with a bang. The ending is a real piece of work, a fantastic cliffhanger that leaves your heart pounding... and gets you to order the continuation before you can say "twenty-five".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV excellence, 20 Feb 2005
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This review is from: The West Wing - Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Superb writer(s), excellent cast, marvelous production; informative, amusing, entertaining, witty and intelligent. I envy those who have yet to discover this series.
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171 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cream of the crop!, 25 Aug 2004
This review is from: The West Wing - Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Join the outstanding ensemble that is 'The West Wing' in their fourth season!
President Bartlett's campaign to get re-elected for a second term is not the only problem his got on his hands... 'Qumar' just got bigger and he's going to need something more terrifying than counsel to fight this one off. Add to that an eleven-day standoff with the KSU bombers in Iowa who are holding an injured child... the Wilde Campaign that's not going well... The option of giving an ally's enemy's son a heart transplant... Sam's considering quitting the White House to run for Orange County... The quitting of Ainsley Hayes... ALL WITHIN A YEAR OF PRESIDENCY!
In the meanwhile... Watch Donna, Josh and Toby hike their way through America in an effort to get back home after the President Bartlett's campaign bus leaves them in the mid-west. C.J. is still trying to get over the death of Simon and ends up getting confronted with questions from unknown reporters about Shareef... Toby's got a gal pregnant and she's doesn't want to marry him... or does she? Josh and Donna's potential 'relationship' undergoes a serious metamorphosis with the re-instatement of Amy Gardener in his life...
If you think that that's enough, then you are so wrong! The pulsating finale involves the President's daughter, Zoey, being kidnapped and his life is made to feel like Purgatory.
Add to this the great list of outstanding guest stars - Matthew Perry, Mary-Louise Parker, Christian Slater, Joshua Malina, Joanna Gleason, Lili Tomlin, Matthew Modine, John Goodman...
This is just a taste of the vibrant fourth series of the 2003 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Lead Drama Series. The show currently holds the record for most Emmys won by any series ever! Each season of 'The West Wing' is just as entertaining as the last (and sometimes even better)! If you haven't started watching this outstanding show now's the time to start your collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Four-Star Fourth Year For West Wing, 9 Mar 2009
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This review is from: The West Wing - Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
First things first. If you've watched the first three seasons of "The West Wing" and are wondering if the fourth is worth watching too, yes, it is. There are plenty of highly enjoyable episodes in here, and the show covers new territory, as much of the first half of the season focuses on Bartlet's re-election campaign. But, it has to be said, the flawlessness and satisfaction enjoyed at the end of almost every episode in the previus seasons does begin to rub off slightly in this season. The characters are the same, the situations just as interesting. That's not the problem; there's simply an unknown quality missing, especially in the second half of the season, that set the first three apart as the hallmark of excellence in TV entertainment.

However, fear not avid fan. A dip for "The West Wing" still keeps it head and shoulders above most other TV dramas, and the change is not so bad you notice or care less about Bartlet and his staff, or root for them with any less loyalty. Much of the season, in any case, is as good as it gets for the show, helped by the timing of Bartlet's re-election run. Until now, we've only seen short flashbacks to his first presidential campaign; in Season 4, the election gets much more coverage. Arguably the best episodes of the season is the opening two-parter, "20 Hours In America" which begins with an election swing through Indiana that has comic results for Josh, Donna and Toby, landing them right in the middle of "real America" and confronting them with the worries and concerns of the most average of voters. "Debate camp" is another highlight, and gives us another glimpse into the past as the staff recall their turbulent transition and earliest days in the White House. Bartlet's debate with Ritchie is also great viewing, and Sam's own run for office in California is also something different, though ultimately the departure of Rob Lowe's character does have a dent on the ensemble performance of the main characters (Joshua Malina's replacement character, Will Bailey, is funny and engaging but long-term lacks the wit and charm of Seaborn). As the season rolls on and Bartlet is re-inaugurated, gives another state-of-the-union, and has to deal with yet more melodrama and scandal in his White House, the staff are made to work for every victory they get, and are never far away from political or foreign attack. The continuing threat from Qumar, carried over from the Season 3 finale, has dramatic consequences for this season climax, and should leave jaws firmly glued to the floor.

The cast, for their part, still seem to be enjoying themselves, along with newcomers Joshua Malina and Lily Tomlin, the latter playing Bartlet's new personal secretary Debbie Fiderer. Having lost the unforgettable Mrs Landingham (Kathryn Joosten) at the end of Season 2, the writers wisely make Debbie into something totally different, though she has all the brains and wit needed to blend in with the rest of the cast. Christian Slater also makes a few brief appearances, as does "Friends" star Matthew Perry as a new assistant White House Counsel, though his character Joe Quincy is never quite as at home in an opposition White House as Ainsly Hayes was. And of course all the regualrs are here, Martin Sheen as engaging as ever as the Commander-in-Chief, John Spencer, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and Allison Janney all making the most of playing characters that, by now, must be second nature to them. Josh and Toby in partiular seem to crave more opportunities to flex political muscle in year four, perhaps with one eye on the future, and the chemistry between Josh and Donna continues to simmer under the surface, though Josh's relationship with Amy Gardner (Mary-Louise Parker) continues to complicate things. A particularly memorable episode for CJ fans is "The Long Goodbye", an episode that doesn't really have a place in the chronology of the show, but is a one=off special about Alzheimer's Disease, and follows CJ as she travels home to Ohio to speak at a high school reunion and vist her father. It is a moving and poignant episode, and Allison Janney takes her character to new territory with a fantastic performance.

So, plenty to see here folks, even if some of the later episodes might lack some of the early series magic. Part of the draw of this show is to see how Bartlet and his staff adapt and continue to work in the White House. The cast are as comfortable as ever in their roles, and Aaron Sorkin continues to keep the storylines fresh and interesting. See how they continue to run in "The West Wing", Season Four.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 3 April 2008
This review is from: The West Wing - Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Season 4 of The West Wing is incredibly good. The writing is as sharp as ever and the characters are as likeable as ever. This season saw the departure of Rob Lowe but this did not harm the show in any way. There are some great cameos in this one notably from Matthew Perry and Christian Slater. The last few episodes are as good as anything you'll see in any TV show. Brilliantly written and perfectly acted, season 4 is a must see.
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