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The West Wing (1999)
Some of the BEST TV ever!!!
Aaron Sorkin is a genius. He borrows from himself a lot if you watch other shows, but you know what? He's allowed. That's what's floating around in his brain.
Didn't watch this show the first time around, but when I found it on Netflix, I couldn't stop. Beautifully written, shot, and through The West Wing Weekly podcast, remembered.
This show has a timeless quality to it, because it focuses on human interaction, and isn't flashy or gimmicky.
Thanks to all who made this show happen.
Wishes it Were West Wing
I watched this yesterday for the first time. It started out smart, but by the end of the episode I got to, I remembered why I also stopped watching Grey's Anatomy.
The digitized flash fade-ins (camera clicks?) sounds as if someone is running their fingers down closed blinds on a window. Over and over and over again. In time, this particular style will seriously date the show. Less is more.
I can see (and have even hear) where Shonda Rimes attempts to mimic The West Wing. I'm sure that's a compliment from SR to Aaron Sorkin/Tommy Schlamme (the attempt), but it is FAAAARRRR from hitting anywhere near the mark.
Joshua Malina is one of its only saving graces, and is, BTW, the only reason I decided to watch, because I listen to TWWW (the West Wing Weekly) podcast.
Both Scandal and Gray's Anatomy devolve into soap operas. Nope....worse romance novels. I am so thankful for Netflix for keeping West Wing available, and for PBS and BBC for intelligent, relevant, classy programming.
Shonda...come on. One of the best characters on TV was Miranda Bailey. The basics of human interaction in extraordinary settings is what that makes great TV.