The West Wing - Complete Seasons 1 and 2 [DVD] 
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- Pilot Episode
- Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
- A Proportional Response
- Five Votes Down
- The Crackpots And These Women
- Mr Willis Of Ohio
- The State Dinner
- 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
- In The Shadow of Two Gunmen Part One
- In The Shadow of Two Gunmen Part Two
- The Midterms
- In This White House
- And It's Surely To Their Credit
- The Lame Duck Contest
- The Portland Trip
- The Leadership Breakfast
- The Storyline Develops
- Bartlets State of the Union
- The War at Home
- Somebodys Going to Emergency Somebodys Going to Jail
- The Stackhouse Filibuster
- 17 People
- Bad Moon Rising
- The Fall's Gonna Kill You
- 18th and Potomac
- Two Cathedrals
- A Proportional Response
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, funny and moving American TV series of all time. In its first series, The West Wing established the cast of characters who comprise 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 makes 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 second series of The West Wing takes up where the first one left off and, a few moments of slightly toe-curling patriotic sentimentalism apart, maintains the series' astonishingly high standards in depicting the everyday life of the White House staff of a Democratic administration. With Aaron Sorkin's dialogue ranging as ever from dry, staccato mirth to almost biblical gravitas, an ensemble of overworked (and curiously undersexed) characters and an overall depiction of the workings of government that's both gratifyingly idealised yet chasteningly realistic, The West Wing is one of the all-time great American TV dramas. --David Stubbs
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I bought Complete Seasons 1 & 2 because it was very cheap (£34:99). I'd never seen the show before. But I'm extremely glad I have done now.
The first thing that strikes you about the show is how interesting the characters are. The dialogue is as sharp as, well, a really really sharp blade. The story arcs range from whimsical to heavy and issue-laden. There is a lot of politics in the show, but written well enough not to bore those who despise it, perhaps to even engage them.
I could name some standout episodes but to be honest they're all excellent, and I don't want to ruin anybody's enjoyment. But suffice it to say, when you come to the very last moment of the second season finale 'Two Cathedrals', you will be so enthralled you'll want to run out that very moment and buy the third series...
...only the UK version of the third series on DVD is a poorly produced, overpriced release. Normally I'd say these first two seasons are quite barebones in terms of extras, but at such a low price you really can't complain - and the show itself more than makes up for it.
The West Wing is a really intelligent show, and I just cannot iterate how good the writing is. Aaron Sorkin is truly a master.
If you haven't already seen these two seasons of absolute top quality television, you really ought to. Ignore the naysayers' ramblings about it being overly patriotic. It ain't. It is unashamedly brilliant TV.
This has been a rare exception, and I was not disappointed. I ws looking for some sort of series or serial to enjoy on my new dvd player in my bedroom during the hot summer nights when insomnia sets in.
i read the reviews on Amazon for this box set, and having never seen as much as a minute of it on TV, took the plunge. I won't go into great detail about plotlines and characters, as this is very well covered by other reviewers. what i will say is to agree with those who have mentioned slick storylines, sympathetic characters, and dialogue that is sharp, witty and perfectly delivered by a fine cast of actors.
If you know the series from the tv, then i can't understand why you don't already own this set. If, like me, you haven't, believe what the other reviewers have said. This really IS as good as they say they it is!
When you're right , you;re right and there is something really good in the West Wing, and this first two season box set is the absoultely best way to get into it. I've watched my share of American drama before, but the rest are relegated to the "should be as good as The West Wing" category, because it is simply the best written, acted, and directed piece of drama I have seen since.......well i actually don't know what is better. To really get to this point, you kind of need to watch the episodes in sequence, and that is what my wife and I did over a couple of months, an episode or two at a time. All I can say is that after this she's as hooked as I am, and we can't wait for Season 3 to come out.
Watch it and you'll love the writing, the characters and some stunning performances from Martin Sheen, Stockard Channing, John Spencer and frankly just about everyone you see on screen. No prizes for guessing I love this and this 2 series box set is brilliant value, and a sure fire way to get into it.
I was skeptical at first, to be honest I did take 3 or 4 episodes to really get into The West Wing (not that the first few episodes were bad, i've gone back and rewatched them since and they are great) but once you get hooked this show will never let you go. Every episode in series 1 is so tightly made it flows perfectly. Great storylines, even better characters - played perfectly by a great cast including Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and Bradley Whitford. There are 3 main different types of episodes in the West Wing (and this is true for all the following series') there are the funny episodes (which are still dramatic, not outright comedy), the dramaitc episodes, and the episodes which combine the two. Most are the third type. They hold a tight story with great moments of humour (but never out of place), the best example of this is "Take this Sabbath day", which is still one of my favourite episodes ever. The funny episodes, "Lord John Marbury" being a good example. The serious episodes however, are where the West Wing shines.
Comedy is great, but it's the West Wing's ability to be truely moving as well is what makes this possibly the best television programme ever. The climax to series 2, "Two Cathedrals", without going into any spoilers, is truely amazing - and those words do not do it any sort of justice. It's moving, tear jerking, powerful and will have you sitting on the edge of your seat (and until you see series 3 :D).
If I could watch only one TV programme ever again it would be the West Wing - even if I have seen the epsidoes all before, they never get tired.
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