West Wing from the beginning

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As there are many Nov 2012 mums currently enjoying maternity leave with much time on the sofa, we've recently been discussing which TV programmes we are enjoying watching. The West Wing has repeatedly come up as a programme that is on people's 'to watch' or 'to rewatch' for the zillionth time list, so here's a place where we can do it together!

Each Saturday night I'll post the titles of the episodes we will watch in the coming week, then we can come back here for chat, discussion, thoughts, questions and perving over the wondrous Josh

Anyone who'd like to watch with us is welcome too! But please no spoilers for those who are enjoying it for the first time!

So lets start with the first two episodes of series one:
Series 1, episode 1: Pilot
Series 1, episode 2: Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

Catbag Sat 09-Mar-13 19:13:01

laughalot That website is awesome! I have watched TWW 40,000 times and not once noticed the stuff in Gail's bowl. Brilliant!

NewGirlInTown Sat 02-Mar-13 23:42:27

I love The West Wing and have watched each series a gazillion times but I NEVER knew about the changing objects in the goldfish bowl! Thank you Mumsnet and fellow WingNuts! Now I have a legitimate reason for watching them all again!

ChunkyChicken Sat 02-Mar-13 19:10:24

Oh yes indeed Dilly!! DH & I have watched & re-watched TWW but I was watching it again solo. DH decided to join & we kept saying 'we'll just watch a bit of the next one...'. We're saving the rest of season 2 until the week, as we're away on a short break so thought our evenings would be well occupied with that (& might take season 3 just in case, even though we're only away for 4 nights wink).

Love Danny & CJ's thing at the end of season 1 going into season 2.

DillyTante Sat 02-Mar-13 18:02:44

Right if you are nearing the end of season 1 I suggest making sure you have season 2 to hand & make sure you have time to watch at least 2 episodes. You have been warned!

ChunkyChicken Fri 22-Feb-13 11:06:05

Approaching the end of season 1. LOVE "Let Bartlet be Bartlet". It's got 'everything' in it. Drama, pace, lots of walking & talking. Everything.

JoSavage Fri 22-Feb-13 00:04:52

Just found your club..
Veteran WW nut of old, would love to revisit those days
Will start ASAP

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 18-Feb-13 23:40:10

So what happened to Charlotte's husband and the girl who help Bruno Gianelli?
(Season 3)

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Sun 17-Feb-13 13:58:45

There was a West Wing spoilers thread running here in Telly Addicts, for those that wanted to discuss the show without spoiling it for newbies grin

DillyTante Sun 17-Feb-13 13:30:20

'I've been up until 1am every night watching at least 3 or 4. I can't stop!' Yup, that's what happens! Then the West Wing style dreams start...

You know West Wing fans are called WingNuts <displays badge proudly>

Spoilers here for those who haven't seen the whole series, but if you want a rundown of all the props that Gail has in her bowl (there are LOADS) then this is a good website

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Sat 16-Feb-13 18:24:06

Yes Gail has a different prop most episodes grin

ChunkyChicken Sat 16-Feb-13 18:00:16

Will go back & check them out beck smile

BeckAndCall Sat 16-Feb-13 08:55:25

<rushes in breathlessly and slides onto WW sofa>

< wonders where the hell she's been for the last two weeks>

Chunky, if you're at the start of the Gold fish visual jokes, keep watching...... Every time you see the Goldfish, take a look at what is in the bowl....... You might have to freeze frame or rewind to get the detail.....

ChunkyChicken Sat 16-Feb-13 08:47:22

I'm on the Lord John Marlborough (is that right?) eps at the mo. So funny.

Love that all the Leo stuff brings out the protectiveness & shows them all to be a close "unit".

Love the Goldfish/goldfish stuff too grin

Dixiebell Fri 15-Feb-13 23:08:58

Fave episode has to be the closing one of season 2 with the cathedral, and Brothers In Arms. Say no more for those of you who haven't seen, but I love it.

Dixiebell Fri 15-Feb-13 23:06:42

You guys are like family ... I love you all very much. I don't say it often enough. So, tell me what the problem is, Toby.

I'm Sam, sir.

grin

Sorry, Rob Lowe retweeted this today, so thought I'd retweet (sort of) here.

WillSantaComeAgain Fri 15-Feb-13 14:01:32

Oh, I'm so envy. WW is my favourite tv programme of all time, but as a f/t WOHM I just don't have time to watch it. If I could employ someone to rip all my DVDs to my ipad, then maybe I would. <Considers buying entire WW box set on itunes.> <gets frustrated in quest by stupid IT security policies>

I did know about Nancy being Martin Sheen's daughter. I assume you all know that Sorkin got the idea for the show from the American President (that very cheesy Michael Douglas film with Annette Benning) - it was in that show that he pioneered the "walk and talk" as a means of allowing a dialogue heavy show to move at pace. I believe he realised how well it worked in AP, which is what gave him the confidence to do WW. If you compare and contrast with another very dialogue heavy political film (Oliver Stone's JFK) from ten years earlier, you see how much better the walk and talk works.

It took me a while to get into WW because of the dialogue, the politics and the speed at which they talk (Sam in particular) but once you get into the zone, its just amazing.

I'm going to participate without watching, if that's OK?

Trying desparately to remember my favourite episodes... that one with the Chinese Christians is probably one of them. And agree with Bartlett's speech to Zoe after the incident with Josh and Toby in the bar is ridiculously powerful. I wonder if Obama or Cameron watch it and feel the shivers down their spine, because if you were a national leader with young children, that must be your biggest fear bar none.

The theme tune does change a few episodes in. It's quite placid in the first episode, then become more orchestral later on, but it's the same tune.

I like the new characters we meet in ep 3, Fitz and Danny (a personal favourite). Josh and CJ's argument in this episode is great, no normal people argue like that!

And as other have said, an over medicated president in ep 4 is very funny. This episode is also quite typical of the Sorkin storytelling style, when they introduce a topic the audience knows nothing about but the characters are much involved in (like 802, whatever that is) and its only through each scene that you build up the picture piece by piece. It's something my DP couldn't cope with well, he'd be constantly asking "what does that mean?" and couldn't just trust that he'd find out later (also because it meant paying attention all the time!)

Did you guys know that Nancy, the presidents secretary, is actually Martin Sheen's real life daughter?

Oooooh big block of cheese episode next grin

ChunkyChicken Thu 14-Feb-13 16:55:48

I too like the theme tune Dixie & DH & I used to sing along. I won't mention the monkey actions we do when singing along to the CSI theme, ooh ooh oooh etc

Ep 4 is a good one. Other bits are funny in later Eps but they start getting a bit more serious/political/nitty gritty. Still enthralling though.

Dixiebell Thu 14-Feb-13 12:48:40

Ep 4 best so far I think. LO e the Toby fraud storyline and teasing of him and Josh. Like the knowing moment when Josh and Sam walking and both think they're following the other. And the Pres at the end dosed up on medication is classic - 'Before I go, let me just say this one thing...I'm seriously considering getting a dog'. Love it.

Dixiebell Thu 14-Feb-13 11:07:29

Actually I quite like it! Good old WG Snuffy Walden hmm. DH and I used to sing along to it I'm afraid on one of our boxset marathons when ds1 was tiny and asleep downstairs with us. We always said the WW theme tune would be ingrained in his brain forever...

gingermcflea Thu 14-Feb-13 10:50:50

No -the theme music doesn't get any quicker, but your reflexes to hit fast-forward through it do!
The theme music is awful, isn't it?

Dixiebell Thu 14-Feb-13 10:33:17

Does the theme music get faster in later series?!

Dixiebell Wed 13-Feb-13 08:59:58

Stockard Channing is cool though.

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Tue 12-Feb-13 20:49:05

Martin Sheen wasn't supposed to be in the programme as much as he is! It started out as a "behind the scenes" kinda show, before they quickly realised how great Martin Sheen was in the role. I imagine they didn't see the need for much First Lady to begin with.

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