Tonight a classic went off the air for the last time. After seven wonderful seasons and winner of more Emmy Awards than any drama ever, The West Wing’s final episode was played. For whatever reason that NBC couldn’t get together a commemorative show, before the last episode aired, NBC decided to re-run the original first episode.
I was never a fan of the show until the third season. It was one of those “everybody loves this show, so you will too“ things, and I thought I was better than that... turns out, I was dead wrong.
This show was so good. Not good in that cheesy plot kind of way. Not good in that “ripped from the headlines” kind of way. And absolutely not good in a “we’ve just made an exact duplicate show, so give it a slightly different name” kind of way.
The West Wing was witty, fast and often made me think about politics and moral issues without throwing it in my face. The characters were all likable, enjoyable and I always felt as if I had been with them the number of years it seemed they had spent together.
What was amazing to me in watching the first and last episodes, was the fact that you got to see a lot of the same faces from beginning to end. I’m not just talking main characters, but smaller bit parts, too.
I’m very sad to see the show leave my weekly rotation, it just won’t be the same without it...
...but I will say that I’m super excited about Sorkin’s new show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip with Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford.