From Creator Aaron Sorkin and Director Thomas Schlamme ("Sports Night") and Executive Producer John Wells ("ER," "Third Watch"), and featuring one of the most talented ensemble casts ever to star in a drama series, "The West Wing's" Fall 1999 debut on NBC immediately received an extraordinary reception from viewers and television critics alike. The high-profile drama series uniquely documents the daily activities of a fictitious U.S. President's (Martin Sheen as U.S. President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet) highly talented administration portrayed by Dulé Hill as President Bartlet's aide Charlie Young, Allison Janney as Press Secretary C.J. Cregg, Moira Kelly as Media Consultant Mandy Hampton, Rob Lowe as White House Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn, Richard Schiff as White House Director of Communications Toby Ziegler, John Spencer as White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry and Bradley Whitford as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman. Also starring in the award-winning series is Stockard Channing as First Lady Abigail Bartlet and Janel Moloney as Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff Donna Moss. Both went on to become regulars on the show. Guest stars during The West Wing's first season include Timothy Busfield ("Thirtysomething"), Tim Matheson ("Martha Inc.") and John Amos ("Coming to America").
Quickly establishing a strong mandate among audiences, The West Wing burst onto the American entertainment and political arenas as one of the finest portrayals in entertainment of The Oval Office's inner sanctum. In addition to generating impressive ratings, The West Wing's historic first season resulted in securing 18 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning in nine categories. Emmy's The West Wing received for its first season include Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Schiff), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Janney), Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Sorkin and Rick Cleveland for "In Excelsis Deo"), Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Schlamme for the "Pilot") and Outstanding Main Title Theme Music (W.G. Snuffy Walden), among others.
2. "Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc"
3. "A Proportional Response"
4. "Five Votes Down"
5. "The Crackpots and These Women"
6. "Mr. Willis of Ohio"
7. "The State Dinner"
9. "The Short List"
10. "In Excelsis Deo"
11. "Lord John Marbury"
12. "He Shall, From Time to Time..."
13. "Take Out The Trash Day"
14. "Take This Sabbath Day"
15. "Celestial Navigation"
16. "20 Hours In L.A."
17. "The White House Pro-Am"
18. "Six Meetings Before Lunch"
19. "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet"
20. "Mandatory Minimums"
21. "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics"
22. "What Kind of Day Has It Been"