The West Wing Review


Alexander Metz, Staff Writer

With The West Wing moving from Netflix to HBO Max, many people are wondering if this seven-season monstrosity is a worthy watch. Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions with regard to this television show.


What is The West Wing about?

The West Wing is a political drama originally broadcast on NBC from 1999 to 2006. It follows the day-to-day runnings of the fictitious Bartlet administration and all of the senior staff. It follows the Press Secretary, President, Vice President, Chief of Staff, and all of the assistants in the Bartlet administration. Throughout the seven seasons, the show focuses on two presidential terms, getting the presidential agenda through Congress, a government shutdown, the president’s multiple sclerosis, foreign policy entanglements, and much more.


Is The West Wing worth watching?

I would say that The West Wing is worth watching for anyone that loves politics. It portrays a realistic view of D.C. without being too overly optimistic or pessimistic. The show features fast-moving action with constant, witty dialogue. I initially was skeptical about watching a show with so many episodes, but I was mistaken. The show strikes a nice balance between having each episode be stand-alone while also making them feel connected.