West Wing

The West Wing was a multiple-Emmy-winning TV show created by Aaron Sorkin that mainly functioned to reverse TV's normal trend of killing brain cells.

8 of the most amazing characters on television

Just The Facts

  1. The West Wing ran on NBC from 1999 to 2006
  2. The show followed the fictional presidency of Josiah "Jed" Bartlet and his White House staff.
  3. It won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama four years in a row.
  4. It is physically impossible to multitask while watching the West Wing.
  5. The opening music is playing in your head at this very moment.


White House Senior Staff

President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet-

Played by Martin Sheen, Jed Bartlet is the moderate Democratic president and the show's main character. A great orator with dramatic visions of a greater future, Bartlet easily brings to mind President Obama.

Chief of Staff Leo McGarry-

Played by Richard Schiff, Leo McGarry is basically in charge of running the day-to-day affairs of the administration. He's a great friend to the president and is a calming influence during moments of agitation.

Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Lyman-

The political muscle of the administration, Josh's job is to make sure that the congressmen and senators go along with what the president wants, as well as doing whatever Leo McGarry asks of him. He is charming yet willing to sacrafice personal relationships if it means helping the president succeed.

Press Secretary Claudia Jean Craig-

Claudia Jean, or C.J. as she's usually called, is the face of the administration. She is responsible for everything involving the media, from giving press conferences to putting a positive spin on bad stories, if it involves news, it's C.J.'s job. She is attractive and at ease with the press, but is occasionally left out due to her close relationship with reporters.

Communications Director Tobias Zachary Ziegler-

Toby is responsible for writing all of the president's speechs, notes, and cards. If the president says it, Toby has written it. Toby is also responsible for handling the press if C.J. is unavailable. He's an angry, mysogenistic ol' SOB who is often seen yelling at people when he disagrees with them.

Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn-

Sam is Toby's go-to guy, he helps out on most speechs and handles everything that Toby can't get to. Sam is the young, energetic one that somehow manages to stay upbeat, no matter what is going on around him.

Secondary Characters

Donna Moss-

Josh's personal aide, Donna acts as a secretary for Josh's office and yet, somehow manages to be a major character in the series.

Vice President Hoynes-

Mentioned as a secondary character because he appears very rarely and almost always as an antagonist, Hoynes became Vice President in exchange for supporting a Bartlet presidency.

Charlie Young-

The single greatest character in the show, Charlie is the presidents body man, his personal aide. Charlie is wherever the president is and does whatever is asked of him.

Zoey Bartlet-

The president's collegiete daughter, Zoey is a major player in minor story arcs, with a romantic relationship with Charlie Young.

Abigal Bartlet

The First Lady, not a major player in most of the series but worthy of a mention at least. She is a doctor and staunch advocate of equality.