Because the producers saw the potential for a "will they, won't they"-relationship. Quoting Wikipedia:
The chemistry between Janel Moloney and Bradley Whitford, who
portrayed Josh Lyman, caught producers' attention early in the series.
After seeing Moloney and Whitford perform together in the pilot, Aaron
Sorkin added a scene in which Donna argues ...
Josh is referring to himself when he says "there but for the grace of God go I". He is joking that he might have been the sort of person to end up on a Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee if his life had taken a different path.
By extension he is also mocking the people on the committee, because he clearly prefers the life he actually has. He sees their work ...
His fate is addressed towards the end of the final season of the show. From Wikipedia:
Although Sam is mentioned occasionally following his departure — most
notably calling Josh to tell him to "roll with the punches" after the
latter unwittingly caused the defection of a Democratic Senator — he
is not seen in the series until the last episodes of ...
INSIGHTS: Interview with W. G. Snuffy Walden:
From the down beat of "The West Wing" theme it's a magnificent build
and, for me, a perfect prelude to the show. The pilot has a longer
Yes. For the pilot there was a 4 1/2-minute opening sequence
that went into another 3 1/2-minute orchestral sequence. The first
time I looked at it my jaw ...
To me, Donna served as a representative for the average, outside-the-Beltway person on the show. She was a mechanism by which complicated or obscure information that would be known to the other characters could be discussed (and therefore explained to the viewer in plain English). Closely related to that, she was also often the voice of "everyman", ...
The West Wing, the NBC White House-based drama was filmed primarily on sound stages in Burbank, California with exterior shots and some B-roll being filmed in the Washington D.C. metro area and also with some additional exterior filming in Canada and Los Angeles in areas which resembled D.C.
Like the majority of television productions, since The ...
The precipitating event is in “He Shall, from Time to Time.” The president comes down with the flu and Leo McGarry notices that Abbey Bartlett has an unexpectedly extreme level of concern over it (cutting a trip short and talking about post-poning another even though the fever is going down). He confronts her about it, and she admits that the president has ...
The West Wing Wiki lists code names for only four characters:
President Josiah Bartlett: Eagle
Sam Seaborn: Princeton
C.j. Cregg: Flamingo
Zoe Bartlett: Bookbag
Wikipedia contains a few more:
President Jed Bartlet - Eagle or Liberty
Gus Westin (Grandson of Jed Bartlett) - Tonka
Arnold Vinick - Big Sur
There's also a reddit, but most of these seem to be ...
The true explanation or the TV show explanation?
The true explanation is that it was a shortcut to keep the same actor already under contract on board and relevant for a final season rather than bringing in a new actor to play the role of VP.
In the show, it was never explained in detail during the season 6 finale. Santos (Jimmy Smits), never selected a VP ...
A full-lid box is one where the lid is the same size (or slightly bigger, even) then the rest of the box, so when you package something up and put the lid on the box it covers it completely; think of a gift-box for dress shirts as a common example. A full-lid box is in opposition to other types of lids, such as a half-lid (think of a shoe ...
NiCole Robinson, who played Margaret Hooper, said the following in an interview with TV Guide:
Robinson: [...] And, let’s be honest, the fans want to know who
Margaret’s baby daddy is.
Watercooler (Jon McDaid): All right, I’ll bite, who is Margaret’s baby daddy?
Robinson: I get that a lot. A lot of people think it was Ron Silver.
WC: My ...
The characters of Toby Zeigler and Sam Seaborn are not just employees, people appointed to fill a particular job. Like many first term appointees, particularly to the communication positions, they were part of the inner core of Bartlet's campaign for president, and ideologically close to Bartlett. Therefore its natural that they are part of the President's ...
Yes, they did use some consultants.
Lawrence O'Donnell, Eli Attie, Dee Dee Myers, Marlin Fitzwater, Patrick Caddell, Frank Luntz, Peggy Noonan and Gene Sperling were the ones who contributed the most to the show.
It seems Santos' victory was planned from the start:
John Wells noted that the Santos victory episode had already been written.
According to O’Donnell, the situation was more a matter of the writers still arguing for Vinick but the death of Spencer silenced them and confirmed that Santos would win. As O’Donnell later noted in a BBC documentary on ...
While many characters and events in The West Wing are based on specific real people and events, not everything is. I think Ashland is an example.
The requirement of a police officer to read rights was established by Miranda v. Arizona in real life, and the majority opinion was written by Chief Justice Earl Warren. While there are some similarities between ...
A user said this on Quora:
The West Wing, the NBC White House-based drama was filmed primarily on
sound stages in Burbank, California with exterior shots and some
B-roll being filmed in the Washington D.C. metro area and also with
some additional exterior filming in Canada and Los Angeles in areas
which resembled D.C.
Like the majority of ...
Leo was chosen because of two reasons, a known commodity and Josh's love of Leo. Josh throughout the series was the closest thing Leo had to a son, and Leo was the father Josh needed after he lost his during the Illinois Primary. Josh fought hard during Leo's alcoholism crisis and floated around Leo as Hoynes' replacement. Santos trusts Josh deeply, for if ...
Josh Lyman commented that "he didn't even know she was married" and was given an 'are you an idiot?' look by CJ Craig. Her personal life was never really discussed, but she was thought to be a lesbian. In a scene in an earlier late series episode, one of the staffers was interviewing a good looking woman, and we see several male aids stop to look... the ...
I don't recall a year ever being spoken during the entire series. As you said, the show begins after Bartlett has been in office for about a year but it never states which year. Present-day doesn't necessarily mean this week.
The only time they try to match reality is 3x00 and even the disclaimer at the beginning doesn't outright say it's 2001.
I would say that each character's responsibilities were definitely expanded upon for dramatic purposes, as they would do for any television show (such as CSI or Criminal Minds).
In the case of Toby and Sam, they would certainly be involved in policy decisions (to the extent of crafting the Executive Branch's message), but they would not be in charge nor ...
Doing some research, I have come up with Little Hunting Creek described as "The Back Drop" for the episode.
Little Hunting Creek served as the backdrop for an on-location shoot
for NBC's "The West Wing."
Baltimore fly fishing expert Theaux LeGardeur, who helped script
fishing scenes, kept busy between takes Monday by tossing cicadas into
There was no indication Josh was working for the President - Josh could have just been told by someone that the President was arriving and was relaying the news to those inside. People are getting confused because they're applying knowledge learned later on to the scene.
In addition to the reasons jlmcdonald stated, I think part of the logic might be that sometimes the pilot recap contained scenes from the first season, even in the later seasons of the show, and rather than go back and forth between SD and HD in the same scene, keep it all SD.
A few years back HDNet started airing Cheers in HD, transferred from the ...
"There But For the Grace of God Go I" is a sentiment often expressed by those who choose to help the unfortunate - in other words, people who claim to recognize that only good fortune has caused their lives to work out differently to the lives of those in need.
Given the mocking tone that Josh is using, he is probably referring to members of minor social ...
In The West Wing this policy is discussed at the start of Season 2, and it is discovered that whilst former presidents did this, Bartlett chose not to do it at the urging of Toby.
In House of Cards I don't believe it is discussed, but it is likely the President decided to not use a security canopy either by deciding it with his security team or ...
If I'm understanding your question right, you're asking why the issue suddenly became a big deal at this point in his presidency (about three years in). KRyan's answer is part of it but I think the real issue is that since Hoynes ran his own polling numbers, something that you'd make if you were about to run for president since they won't matter that far out ...