About the Screenplays:
The West Wing Script Book contains six full scripts from the hit NBC show — winner of 17 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Best Drama Writing — selected and introduced by creator/writer/executive producer Aaron Sorkin (The American President, A Few Good Men, Sports Night).
This volume collects the scripts of some of the most memorable episodes of The West Wing's first two seasons. The NBC show, named "TV Show of the Year" by Entertainment Weekly, starred Rob Lowe, Dule Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, John Spencer, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, and Martin Sheen.
Reviewers and fans of The West Wing agree that one of the very best aspects of the series is its writing, which blends an unstoppable sense of urgency with strong character development against the background of the day-to-day activities of the highest office in the country.
In introductions written exclusively for this book, Sorkin invites us to the lunch that led him to create and write The West Wing and shares special details about his writing process, casting decisions, and more, including how a studio budget overrun inspired the timing of President Bartlet's admission of multiple sclerosis. Winner of the Producers Guild Award, Directors Guild Award, Writers Guild Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe, Humanitas Prize, and the Peabody, The West Wing scripts are as compelling to read as they are to watch.
What people say:
"The West Wing, the very best show on network television, isn't merely high-quality eye candy. It's also a sublime treat for the ears. Call it NBC's brilliant example of 'Must Hear TV'... Sorkin's happily unabashed verbal theatricality — whether it flows from a Josh-and-Donna tongue tango, a crackerjack C.J. Cregg press briefing, or one of President Bartlet's showstopping arias of vibrant political oratory — gives The West Wing a unique, mesmerizing sound all its own." — The Detroit News and Free Press
"The show remains one of TV's most satisfying hours, a savvy blend of great acting, whip-smart dialogue and grand gestures. If ever the time were ripe for a romantic salute to the value of public service, now would seem to be it." — USA Today
"The words are music...The West Wing is not just the best series on network television, but one of the best ever." — St. Louis Post Dispatch
"Richly textured, well written, and artfully executed...The West Wing is an inventive, intelligent drama." — The Miami Herald
"Dazzling...The writing is Sorkin at the top of his game, which is to say it's as good or better than anything on television ...Sorkin and [director Thomas] Schlamme marry word and image as well as anyone has ever done in series television." — The Baltimore Sun
"The TV Show of the Year! Prime-time's snuggliest blanket in which to curl up, The West Wing is terrific and only getting better. Grade: A." — Entertainment Weekly
"Martin Sheen's commanding performance as the president brings the series to life each week, but it's the supporting cast who give the series texture ... Of course, the true stars of The West Wing are the words of creator/writer Sorkin." — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"This eloquent, elegant series from TV's best writer, Aaron Sorkin, is no longer just a great show, it's become a national hour of healing. The only remotely reasonable, let alone well-written, political words we hear these days come from the Jed Bartlet administration...[I]t takes issues of substance and makes them understandable, important and still entertaining." — The Sacramento Bee
About the Screenwriter:
Aaron Sorkin is an American screenwriter, producer and playwright. Sorkin's big break came when his stage play A Few Good Men caught the attention of Hollywood producer David Brown, who bought the film rights before the play even premiered.