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If you have any interest in it, then buy it!
on 26 November 2005
Don’t be put off by the price, as previously mentioned by other reviews (which I whole heartedly agree with) the price works out much cheaper than if you were to buy them separately (which you will). I put off getting into the West Wing for years, not fully understanding what it was. It was only after boredom set in and I decided that I wanted to be sucked into a new series that I splashed out on the first season. After a few episodes I was completely hooked and quickly ploughed through the other 5 seasons over a few months. This is compelling and exquisite television. The writing alone at times brings chills and coupled with flawless acting, casting and production never fails to inspire, entertain and satisfy.
When I read reviews I like to cut straight to any negatives, and there are some minor points with the west wing. Firstly, it is mentally intensive - which is not so much a problem, but I’m sure many people would be put off by this. Secondly, there are some excellent secondary characters that vanish, and while some come back, others don’t which can be a bit disappointing.
Other than those minor observations its five stars all the way. The drama, the politics, the humour is all there. There is something so satisfying, being a season in, and knowing that there are 5 more to enjoy at your leisure. The richness of the scripts and acting make the whole thing very re-watchable (I plan to start back at the beginning soon). While I agree that it might be worth waiting for Season 7 for people who want that ‘completeness’ feel, I personally would think of it in terms of money saved. I am jealous of anyone who has not seen the West Wing buying ‘the Bartlet years’ and watching it fresh, you're in for an amazing ride, enjoy!