Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing debuted on NBC and ran for several seasons before being cancelled. For those who enjoy the political drama, here’s what’s coming up next.
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Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing debuted on NBC in September 1999 and ran for seven seasons, until May 2006. One of the first of its kind, the show is a political drama. There had never been a popular television show featuring the President of the United States as the central character and filming every episode at the White House before.
As a result, while the series is entirely made up, it does deal with a number of issues related to politics and current events at the time it was written. This program paved the way for future political dramas by establishing a dedicated following. If you’re a fan of this show, consider checking out some of these other options.
Shonda Rhimes, the brains behind popular shows like Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, created Scandal.
“Scandal” follows Olivia Pope, the head of a crisis management firm that frequently assists the White House in dealing with problems and scandals that arise.
In addition, she’s having an affair with the president, which makes this show even more scandalous than the series’ title suggests. If you enjoyed the drama that The West Wing delivered on a weekly basis, you’re going to love this new series even more.
2. 1600 Penn
The thirteen episodes of this show, which aired on NBC for only one season, will no doubt appeal to viewers who enjoy political comedies like The West Wing and Saturday Night Live’s political parodies.
Josh Gad is the show’s creator and star, playing the role of Skip. Bill Pullman, who plays the current president, is no stranger to playing the role of the president; Skip is his eldest son.
3. Madame Secretary
Madame Secretaryexamines the Secretary of State’s role in our country’s politics. Tea Leoni portrays fictional Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord in the five-season drama series Homeland.
Season six of Madame President will be renamed Madame President when it returns in 2019. Season six begins with Leoni’s character becoming the first female president of the United States after winning her election campaign.
4. House Of Cards
Much darker portrayal of fictional political systems can be found in the Netflix original series House of Cards. After being a huge success, it became one of Netflix’s first original series, setting the company up to create even more original content and compete with major broadcast networks for original programming.
It will be a real treat for fans of The West Wing’s more shady characters and plotlines to watch all six seasons back-to-back.
Veep, starring Julia Louise Dreyfus, will be your new favorite series to binge-watch for fans of Aaron Sorkin’s quirky dialogue and quick-witted humor on The West Wing.
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While Dreyfuss’ Selina Meyer and her team are frantically trying to leave their political mark on society and history books, they seem to be distracted by the day-to-day games played in the typical political atmosphere, which makes for a hilarious working environment in this satirical comedy series.
6. The Newsroom
Aaron Sorkin has carved out a niche for himself in the television writing world with his distinct style. When working with Sorkin’s actors, the actors often have to learn sixty pages of dialogue in order to perform one episode of his shows.
To fans of Sorkin’s stylized writing, The Newsroom will be their new favorite thing to stream because of the quick-talking back and forth.
7. Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor explores a little-known rule of our government that many people in the United States were unaware of prior to the start of the show. At a major event like the State of Union Address, when all of our government’s key players convene in one room, one person from the Presidential line of succession is selected to sit in the “designated survivor” room.
The main character of this series will be put in charge of rebuilding the country and its system in the event of an unlikely attack that kills our entire government.
8. Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip
Fans of Aaron Sorkin will want to check out this new show that he created. Only one of Sorkin’s shows, The West Wing, lasted one season before being axed, but it had a devoted following for its first twenty-two episodes. As with Saturday Night Live, this show takes viewers behind-the-scenes at a late-night comedy sketch show.
Actress Sarah Paulson got her big break on this show, which features Matthew Perry and Sorkin favorite Bradley Whitford.
9. The Blacklist
Fans of The West Wing will enjoy this dark take on the political system. Instead of focusing on the White House, this show follows the FBI and a former US Navy officer who’s now a felon.
Reddington, the navy officer with a wealth of information willing to make an agreement with the FBI in order to avoid prosecution for his past criminal activities, was played by James Spader. Viewers will be kept on the edge of their seats the entire time they watch this suspenseful show.
10. Parks And Rec
If you’re a fan of The West Wing and want something light and entertaining to watch in between some of the more intense political dramas, start with NBC’sParks and Recreation.
Mockumentary in the style of The Office, but set in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana, created by the same hilarious team that brought The Office to the United States. Amy Poehler is the star of this hilarious series, which features an all-star cast.
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Mel Hall is a film, television, and theater enthusiast who writes, blogs, and publishes. There are times when Mel prefers to stay at home and read a good book rather than go to the movies or binge-watch the newest hit streaming series from the convenience of their own couch.