Season 1 of The West Wing began on September 22, 1999 on NBC.


In his first term as President, Josiah Bartlet and his eager group of staffers battle day to day issues and attempt to pass legislation through back channels and dealmaking. Among the last moments of this particular year are Sam Seaborn's well-intended relationship with a call-girl, the breakdown of White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry's marriage and Charlie Young's courtship with Zoey Bartlet, the President's youngest daughter.

The President finds himself stalled, concerned with re-election and not focusing on reform. Finally, McGarry rouses the President into action and the team begin to initiate serious reform. At the apex of their progress, however, the President's convoy comes under fire from White Supremacists targeting Charlie Young.


Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn
Moira Kelly as Mandy Hampton
Dule Hill as Charlie Young
Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg
Richard Schiff as Toby Ziegler
John Spencer as Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman
and Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet

Recurring Cast

Stockard Channing as First Lady Abbey Bartlet
Edward James Olmos as Roberto Mendoza
Janel Moloney as Donna Moss
Tim Matheson as Vice President John Hoynes
John Amos as Admiral Fitzwallace
Marlee Matlin as Joey Lucas
Jorja Fox as Gina Toscano
Roger Rees as Lord John Marbury
Timothy Busfield as Danny Concannon
Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Bartlet
Michael O'Neill as Ron Butterfield
Lisa Edelstein as Laurie
Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. Landingham
NiCole Robinson as Margaret
Allison Smith as Mallory O'Brien
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick
Devika Parikh as Bonnie
Suzy Nakamura as Cathy
Kim Webster as Ginger
Peter James Smith as Ed
Bill Duffy as Larry
Renee Estevez as Nancy
Bill O'Brien as Kenny Thurman
John de Lancie as Al Kiefer


  • Aaron Sorkin was the creator and executive producer.
  • The show was a popular and critical hit, finishing 27th overall in viewers and winning nine Emmy awards.
  • The season was released on DVD on November 18, 2003.


# Title Writer Director Notes
1 101 PilotAaron SorkinThomas Schlamme
2 102 Post Hoc, Ergo Propter HocAaron SorkinThomas Schlamme
3103 A Proportional ResponseAaron SorkinMarc Buckland
4104 Five Votes DownTeleplay by Aaron Sorkin
Story by Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. and Patrick H. Caddell
Michael Lehmann
5105 The Crackpots and These WomenAaron SorkinAnthony Drazan
6106 Mr. Willis of OhioAaron SorkinChristopher Misiano
7107 The State DinnerAaron Sorkin and Paul RedfordThomas Schlamme
8108 EnemiesTeleplay by Ron Osborn and Jeff Reno
Story by Rick Cleveland, Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. and Patrick H. Caddell
Alan Taylor
9109 The Short ListTeleplay by Aaron Sorkin and Patrick H. Caddell
Story by Aaron Sorkin and Dee Dee Myers
Bill D'Elia
10110 In Excelsis DeoAaron Sorkin and Rick ClevelandAlex Graves
11111 Lord John MarburyTeleplay by Aaron Sorkin and Patrick H. Caddell
Story by Patrick H. Caddell and Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.
Kevin Rodney Sullivan
12112 He Shall, from Time to Time...Aaron SorkinArlene Sanford
13113 Take Out the Trash DayAaron SorkinKen Olin
14114 Take This Sabbath DayTeleplay by Aaron Sorkin
Story by Lawrence O'Donnell Jr., Paul Redford and Aaron Sorkin
Thomas Schlamme
15115 Celestial NavigationTeleplay by Aaron Sorkin
Story by Dee Dee Myers and Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.
Christopher Misiano
16116 20 Hours in L.A.Aaron SorkinAlan Taylor
17117 The White House Pro-AmLawrence O'Donnell Jr., Paul Redford and Aaron SorkinKen Olin
18118 Six Meetings Before LunchAaron SorkinClark Johnson
19119 Let Bartlet Be BartletTeleplay by Aaron Sorkin
Story by Peter Parnell and Patrick H. Caddell
Laura Innes
20120 Mandatory MinimumsAaron SorkinRobert Berlinger
21121 Lies, Damn Lies and StatisticsTeleplay by Aaron Sorkin
Story by Patrick H. Caddell
Don Scardino
22122 What Kind of Day Has It Been?Aaron SorkinThomas Schlamme
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