The West Wing

The celebrated ensemble drama following a U.S. president and his staff as they set public policy and face personal problems in a `parallel universe' (as one of the series' executive producers called it) that can be remarkably similar to the real one. An Emmy juggernaut (four Best Drama awards in its first four seasons) as well as a Peabody winner, `Wing (more…)

Season 5, Episode 8 Shutdown

First Aired: November 19, 2003

A budget impasse with Speaker Haffley (Steven Culp) leads to a government shutdown (taking Charlie and Donna, among 940,000 others, off the job). “If we don't end it now,” Toby warns Leo, “it'll become a referendum on the Bartlet presidency.” That's just what Bartlet seems to want, even though the Republicans are clearly winning it.

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  • Premiered: September 22, 1999
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Premise: The celebrated ensemble drama following a U.S. president and his staff as they set public policy and face personal problems in a `parallel universe' (as one of the series' executive producers called it) that can be remarkably similar to the real one. An Em… (more)

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