Over the last 8 years I’ve felt little need to watch The West Wing- it felt like Obama could more than equal Josiah Bartlett- in fact the Obama White House was considerably freer of scandal than Aaron Sorkin’s creation. Yet as we approach Jan 20th I’m reminded of how I felt during Bush’s presidency, how the West Wing provided escapist fantasy.
Annoyingly, even with 7 seasons, with 1461 days of Trump ahead and only 155 West Wing episodes it’s not possible to watch a show a week and ride out Donald Trump’s reign in escapist bliss. You’d run out of West Wing round about the first week in January 2020 a good year early. Instead I can allow myself an episode every 9.5 days.
Let’s start watching