Follow the re-election of President Bartlet to his second term and witness the gripping personal crisis that forces him to chose between the best interests of the country and those of his family. Compelling and clever stor... more »ylines reveal the inner workings of the White House in this innovative, multiple Emmy-Award-winning drama series from producers John Wells ("ER," "China Beach"), Aaron Sorkin ("Sports Night") and Thomas Schlamme ("Sports Night"). The West Wing's fourth season received 15 Emmy nominations and 2 wins including, Best Drama Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.« less
Russ B. (russbaker) from WILLOW SPRINGS, MO Reviewed on 10/15/2014...
Absolutely one of the all-time best programs. Great writing. Great acting.
End of an Era
Adam Dukovich | 02/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This season saw the end of a bright but sadly short-lived era. The West Wing was THE show to watch for four glorious years. There are those out there who might say that the show somehow lost steam in the final year of the Sorkin era, but I say unto you, listen not to them. When a highly regarded show undergoes (or is about to undergo) a major change, it is nitpicked to a great extent, and some people feel compelled to invent problems with it, for whatever reason. It is fortunate for the non-crazy, then, that this year proved so able to produce challenging, powerful drama. This season opens with presidential politics in full swing, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) campaigning for a second term facing a suspiciously Dubya-looking Republican contender portrayed by James Brolin (okay, he's more like a Bush caricature). After several great campaign-themed episodes at the season's beginning, politics-as-unusual would once again turn up in the halls of power at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
This season's biggest change was Rob Lowe's departure from the show, but that was alright, because we got the super-talented Joshua Malina to replace him. We met Toby's and CJ's dads in "Holy Night" and "The Long Goodbye", respectively. The former continues in the show's tradition of powerful, moving Christmas episodes, the latter is a greatly underrated family drama centering around CJ and her Alzheimer's-stricken father. These episodes pack plenty of emotional power, and there were other great episodes like "20 Hours in America," which tracked Josh, Toby and Donna through Indiana after they lost the motorcade, and "Life on Mars," which led to the departure of John Hoynes as Vice President, thanks to Matthew Perry's guest turn as Joe Quincy. These episodes, in addition to the pulse-pounding final two shows of the season, were only a few of a memorable and consistent year of television that called to mind the show's first season--no grand arcs, just stories and characters and the delightful political mess the White House staff would sort through on a weekly basis. This season brought the series back to its roots and was an appropriate send-off for one of the medium's masters, although it's sad indeed that the send-off in question was needed in the first place. Where have you gone, Aaron?"
Excellent series continues to continue to continue.
Frank Gregg | Pittsburgh, PA | 03/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I'm a political science/history major and I'll still be the first to admit that I was a bit sceptical of this series. I just didn't think that they could make this show as interesting, informative, and especially funny as it ended up being. After watching about the first disk of the series, I was hooked and it had become my favorite show. The first season just blew my mind. I've now watched the rest of them, and they haven't let up a bit.
This is anything but watching an hour of Capital Hill voting on CNN, though. There's an incredible cast including Bradley Whitford, Allison Janney, Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe who take you into the show and the world of politics. It's nowhere near stuffy; full of humor, love interests, and interesting information. From the first frame of the episode, you'll be glued to the TV. If you're interested in politics, or even if you're not, give this series a chance. You won't be sorry you did.
Martin Sheen is my President."
Chris | Hamburg, NY | 04/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Special Features are on disk 6!
1) Put in Disk 6
2) Click "Special Features"
3) Next to "Main Menu" is this symbol ">" click on it and you got em!
Talk about non-intuitive design. Yeesh."
D. Meanea | Utah | 04/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since they don't list the eps in the technical details, here you go: 01 - 20 Hours in America (1) 02 - 20 Hours in America (2) 03 - College Kids 04 - The Red Mass 05 - Debate Camp 06 - Game On 07 - Election Night 08 - Process Stories 09 - Swiss Diplomacy 10 - Arctic Radar 11 - Holy Night 12 - Guns Not Butter 13 - The Long Goodbye 14 - Inauguration (1) 15 - Inauguration (2): Over There 16 - The California 47th 17 - Red Haven's on Fire 18 - Privateers 19 - Angel Maintenance 20 - Evidence of Things Not Seen 21 - Life On Mars 22 - Commencement 23 - Twenty Five
As far as a review, I don't have anything more eloquent to write than what has already been written, so I'll just agree with the reviews that call this one of the greatest seasons of one of the greatest series ever created.
I also wanted to chime in on the debate of seasons five and six. I'll certainly stipulate to the fact that season five was awkward, but I'm very glad I stuck with the show because season six has been quite impressive in my opinion. As great as the Sorkin seasons? No, I wouldn't say that, but maybe as good as anything else available on TV this year (except reruns of seasons one thru four!) :)"
One of Life's Great Pleasures
Mark J. Fowler | Okinawa, Japan | 04/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I still don't completely understand what went on with creators Aaron Sorkin and Tom Schlamme leaving the West Wing after this season, but the Sorkin touch can still be seen and heard and felt on many of the episodes in this Fourth Season.
The quality is more uneven this year - in a documentary included in the "Season One" collection, Mr. Sorkin said that they tried to make EVERY episode as good as their "best" one, and the best episodes this year meet that criteria. There are 4 or 5 that are a little slower, though, including one where essentially no suspense is generated for an entire episode because a landing gear light doesn't come on on Air Force One.
The high points are very high, though, and include the annual Christmas episode (strong in EVERY season of this multiple-emmy winning show). Another high point comes when newcomer Will Bailey talks the President into a new foreign policy that includes military intervention for humanitarian reasons. (The fictional nation of Kundu serves as a genocide reminder of the World's failure to intervene in Rwanda). Speaking of Will Bailey - he is ably played by Josh Malina, and it must have been daunting to step in Rob Lowe's shoes and Sam Seaborn's office. His initial encounters with President Bartlet remind us that many people would likely become tongue-tied when first standing in the oval office.
The worst episodes are good television - the best episodes make me glad to be an American and a Human Being.