|"The West Wing's" Fall 1999
debut on NBC immediately received an extraordinary reception from viewers and television
critics alike. The high-profile drama series uniquely documents the daily activities of a
fictitious U.S. President's highly talented administration.
Whether or not you regard "The West Wing" 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.
|From Creator Aaron Sorkin
and Director Thomas Schlamme ("Sports Night") and Executive Producer John Wells
("ER," "Third Watch"), and featuring one of the most talented ensemble
casts ever to star in a drama series. Quickly establishing a strong mandate among
audiences, The West Wing burst onto the American entertainment and political arenas as one
of the finest portrayals in entertainment of The Oval Office's inner sanctum. In addition
to generating impressive ratings, The West Wing's historic first season resulted in
securing 18 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning in nine categories.