The West Wing: Season 1
|Additional DVD options||Edition||Discs||
|New from||Used from|
(Aug 28, 2007)
|Watch Instantly with||Per Episode||Buy Season|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Experience the inner workings of the White House in this innovative, multiple Emmy® Award-winning drama series created by Emmy® winner Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night). Brilliant United States President Josiah Bartlet's folksy charm and country-lawyer charisma complement his deep conviction and his devotion to what he believes is right for the country. And his eclectic group of frenzied staffers tirelessly labors on behalf of those principles morning, noon, and night in The West Wing. Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now) leads an acclaimed ensemble cast.]]>
What emerges is more than a collective liberal dream of an impassioned administration battling back ultra-conservative bogeymen ranging from the religious right to bigots to gun-toting militants. Wonderful episodes like "The Pilot" and "In Excelsis Deo" portray a government led by heroic, intelligent, and decent men and women. Whether or not one regards that as a political fantasy, it's a remarkably refreshing and appealing vision of politics and its practitioners, one that the public embraced with consistently strong television ratings. In a country whose citizens are used to viewing their elected leaders with mistrust and cynicism, that might be The West Wing's greatest accomplishment. --Eugene Wei
Top Customer Reviews
I resisted this series. I am not fond of politics; the process
often is more PR than real substance. It frustrates me, so why would I seek out a series about a subject that makes me want to toss a brick at the screen? Due to my husband getting hooked on it, I ended up catching bits and pieces as I would pass by. I found myself captured by the incisive writing, the amazing insight into the different characters, the humour, the pathos, the drama. The acting is top drawer, the casting amazing.
The show is simply addictive.
West Wing is one of the better ensemble dramas ever screened on television. However it was only after seeing the interviews of Sorkin and the cast members that one realised how it was done. Sorkin is clearly highly intelligent and his scripts are powerful and the basis of the show. This becomes clear when you hear the cast members talk. They lack the presence of their on screen personalities and although they are talented actors one realises that it is the structure of the plot and their lines which creates the characters.
Sorkin also indicates how in reality the plots have a high level of sentimental resolutions. One doesn?t pick this up in watching it. Sorkin explains how he uses humour to break up the flow of the story and to prevent the material becoming mawkish. He also indicates that although the White House portrayed is a Democrat one, he interplays conservative and liberal story lines. On first viewing the show it appeared to be moderately liberal but on re-watching the episodes on the CD Sorkin is right. The second episode is highly nationalistic and the last scene is the character played by Martin Sheen regretting that Americans cannot walk the earth with the same protection that was afforded the ancient romans. In other episodes the character Donna argues strongly the Republican line on taxation.
Watching these eleven episodes after watching them on TV some years ago, one is still struck by the strength of the characters, the frantic pace of the action and the fact that the scenes are seldom static. Even though one begins to see that there is a sentimentality which initially slips by you, one can still be moved when Toby arranges the funeral and honour guard for the homeless war veteran. It is however the humour and intelligence which is the driving force of the series and what makes it so watchable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use episode 15 in my public speaking classes. Josh is completely unprepared for the press briefing he covers for CJ. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Allyson Cummings
This was a Chistmas gift for my sister. I've heard good things about the show, but never seen it myself. My sister was very pleased with her gift.Published 10 days ago by IReveiewItems
I haven't viewed it yet (I watched all episodes when the aired on TV previously.) So I'm assuming all is well with the DVDs. It came in a very timely manner.Published 2 months ago by Vickie
One of the best series I have ever watched. I hated for it to end.Published 2 months ago by Nancy W. Mcclintock
Timeless. The writing is exceptional, acting phenomenal, filming in action really enhances the experience. Sharing with the next generation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite shows, and now I can watch it again. Color me happy.Published 2 months ago by mjhurd
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Movies & TV > Boxed Sets > Drama
- Movies & TV > Boxed Sets > Television
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Drama
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Warner Home Video > All Titles
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Warner Home Video > Drama
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Warner Home Video > Television
- Movies & TV > TV