The West Wing is an American television show that ran from 1999-2006, created by Aaron Sorkin. The show takes its name from the area of The White House that includes the Oval Office and the offices of other senior officials in a presidential administration.
The West Wing ran seven seasons and centered on the fictitious administration of Josiah "Jed" Bartlet, a liberal Democrat who hailed from the state of New Hampshire. Bartlet runs for office at the urging of his good friend, Leo McGarry, played by John Spencer. In addition to McGarry as Chief of Staff, Bartlet is assisted by Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Lyman (Bradley Whitford), Communications Director Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff), and Press Secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney).
In later seasons of the show, Janney becomes Bartlet's Chief of Staff. Rob Lowe played Sam Seaborn, Deputy Communications Director for the first three plus seasons of the show. He is written off the show when he unsuccessfully runs for Congress in the fourth season. Lowe's Seaborn returns for a few episodes at the end of the seventh and final season. McGarry later serves as Bartlet's Chief of Staff and even runs for Vice President in the show's seventh season, a season that centers around the campaign to replace Bartlet.
The show was nominated for and won several Emmy Awards.