Your Next Box Set: The West Wing
On the lookout for a new box set to spend your evenings devouring? Each week, hmv.com will be recommending you a series that will swallow up your whole life until your finish the last episode...
This week, it’s the mother of all intelligent dramas, it’s The West Wing…
What is it?
The show begins after Democratic candidate Jed Bartlett is elected President of the United States, as he chooses his staff and who to place his trust in. We follow them through the ups and downs, as bills rise and fall, and as their personal lives go through hell. It’s brilliant television.
Who’s in it?
A lot can and did happen across seven seasons, but the core cast are Martin Sheen, who played President Jed Bartlett, Alison Janney, who acted as wisecracking CJ, Bartlett’s press secretary, Bradley Whitford, who played Josh, the deputy chief of staff, Rob Lowe, who played Deputy Communications Director Sam, and the now sadly departed John Spencer, who played Leo McGarry, Bartlett’s rock and chief of staff.
Why should I watch it?
There’s a lot to get through, but it is absolutely worth it. You will fall in love with this show in no time at all, the writing is absolutely perfect, funny, gripping and always lively, the performances are brilliant and the storylines are always superbly crafted.
Describe the show in three words…
Talky, whipsmart and totally gripping.