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An American political drama TV series created by Aaron Sorkin and set in the executive (west) wing of the White House following the lives and work of the fictional Bartlet administration staff.

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Who is the 6th pallbearer for Leo McGarry's coffin?

Leo McGarry's funeral occurs in The West Wing S07E18. He has six pallbearers. I can identify five of them, but not the sixth From left-to-right: Josh Lyman (Chief of Staff to the President-Elect, ...
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Can someone explain the “lid” metaphor used in The West Wing?

In The West Wing, characters use the expression "full lid" to mean that there's no more news for the day: That's a full lid, folks. That much is obvious from context, and for the context-impaired, ...
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Was Bartlet's multiple sclerosis 'disclosure' crisis merely a plot device?

I am re-watching season 2 of West Wing. In the later episodes of the season, President Bartlet's multiple sclerosis becomes a big issue – that he has the disease, that he hadn't disclosed it ...
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Why does Josh have a gun range target in his office?

In Season 1 Episode 5, The Crackpots and These Women, I noticed for the first time that Josh Lyman has a paper gun range target in his office: I just started rewatching The West Wing, and considering ...
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Why didn't Sam come back to the White House?

In season 4 Sam Seaborn contests the election for the California 47th congressional district as the Democratic nominee. He is replaced as Deputy Director of Communications by Will Bailey, with Toby ...
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Why was Leo McGarry chosen for this?

In the last episode of Season 6 of The West Wing, Leo McGarry is picked as the Vice President nomination. I can't see any really good reason for this. He isn't a politician, he has health problems, ...
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Why don't they drink wine on the West Wing?

Of all the alcoholic beverages we see consumed on the show - from CJ and Josh cracking a beer, to Toby going out for a Scotch, cracking champagne to celebrate, or the President drinking vodka with his ...
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On the West Wing, why was Josh's assistant given so much screen time?

On the West Wing, all the president's support staff (Leo, Toby, CJ, Josh) have assistants. Josh Lyman's assistant Donna Moss has the most screen time and is the only one who is listed in the opening ...
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President exits under a canopy, The West Wing, House of Cards?

I remember from a couple of episodes of The West Wing that the President always used to enter or exit a building under a covered canopy or tent. In House of Cards, S4E4, as the president is seen ...
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Was Dulé Hill appearing so briefly in The West Wing because he was co-starring in Psych?

Sometime around the later years of The West Wing (season 4? 5?), Dulé Hill (Charlie Young) tends to only appear for one brief scene in most episodes. (Fans complained about it, e.g. in Television ...
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Was any further information on Margaret's pregnancy ever given?

In one episode of The West Wing, Margaret is observed to be pregnant. There's a small off-hand comment about it, with some vaguery about who the father is, but I don't believe it's ever mentioned ...
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Who does Justice Ashland represent in the West Wing?

It is said that the West Wing responds to some of the issues that came up in the Clinton and Bush Presidencies. In particular, the MS represents Clinton's Lewinsky Scandal, and the episode Isaac and ...
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West Wing reasoning behind mocking people who say “there but for the grace of God go I?”

I saw on this TV show make the exchange: Leo McGarry: The Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee has a... Josh Lyman: There's a Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee? Leo McGarry: Yes. Josh ...
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Who recorded “The West Wing Theme”?

There are many sources saying it was composed by W. G. Snuffy Walden, but who actually recorded the version used in the show (both in the title sequence for every episode and occasionally within an ...
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Is an in-universe explanation ever given for why presidential elections are staggered differently than in real life?

In real life, United States presidential elections are held every four years. The first was held in 1788 (roughly) and as such the elections of recent times have been held in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, ...
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Realism of the responsibilities of the senior staff in the West Wing

I am in the middle of a West Wing marathon and I was wondering regarding the powers and responsibilities that the Communications director and Deputy Communications director, as portrayed in the series....
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Secret Service codenames for West Wing characters

I've just finished watching Season 3 of The West Wing. In the last few episodes of that season the Secret Service have the codenames Flamingo for C.J. and Eagle for the President. Do other characters ...
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Why did the writers / producers of the West Wing spoil the final season in episode 1?

At the beginning of the 7th and last season of The West Wing, we are just coming into the general election between Santos and Vinick. Unfortunately, the first episode opens three years in the future ...
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Why are the plot recap and opening title sequence of The West Wing in standard definition when the rest of the episode is high definition?

The West Wing was shot on film and six of the seven seasons were broadcast in high definition. Warner Brothers made all seasons available in high definition through download and streaming, but the ...
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Why were the writers trying to play up the Chinese as more advanced than the United States?

In Season 6 one of the main storylines is a summit in China. In the episode A Change is Gonna Come Kate Harper and Will Bailey are sitting with the Chinese delegates going over the agenda when the ...