Watching ‘The West Wing’ is worth it

Katelyn Eddington, Columnist

All I hear about in national news is President Trump. However, when I need a break from the real world of politics (especially the last few days) but still need a daily dosage of politics, I watch a little show called “The West Wing.”

“The West Wing,” created by Aaron Sorkin, is an early 2000s show that ran for seven seasons.

Imagine Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff and Stockard Channing running a White House administration.

Those are not all of the celebrities in the show, but they are some of the few.

Anyway, “The West Wing” focused on White House staff members and the administration they ran.

However, a lot of the issues they covered were a lot of the issues that are still happening today.

They talk about gun violence, the military, war, presidential scandal and immigration.

I believe Aaron Sorkin wrote the show knowing that it was going to discuss problems that will never really go away.

The show was ahead of its time.

It set the way for other political shows.

The writing of the show is detailed and easy enough for everyone to understand.

It also covers the media aspect of a president’s administration, which is something not a lot of shows even thought about.

Most political shows only focus on one role or person, but “The West Wing” gives you an insight to every person it takes to run a country and an insight to every situation a president and his staff face or could face.

“The West Wing” could be used to explain how government works, it could be the certainty of understanding what is happening in the real world and an example of what a president and his administration should be.

It should also be an example to everyone watching it.

The characters and actors are great, but it is Sorkin’s writing that paints a raw and real scene of any administration.

Sorkin has also written shows that paint a behind-the-scenes look.

Prime examples, besides “The West Wing,” include “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “Newsroom.”

Sorkin paints issues and daily life of people in the media, presidential administration, military and TV/audio productions to a legitimate reality, despite his stories being fiction.

So, if you need a break but still want a dose of reality, give “The West Wing” a chance.

Katelyn Eddington is a senior journalism major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].