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a proud end to the greatest series of all time
on January 12, 2007
The West Sing settles nicely into the Sorkin and post-Sorkin eras in almost equal measures (4 vs 3 seasons). And while no one has ever claimed the John Wells-helmed version of the show was superior, it is still impressive television. Credit is also due for the way the show completes the character arcs for every single character. Sorkin established these wonderfully interesting personalities, and kind of left them where they were. In seasons 6 and 7, each character gets their own legacy, and no one gets short shrift (with the possible exception of Charley) - even Sam Seaborne (Rob Lowe) is back in an all-too-brief role. As sad as it was to see the West Wing end, the final show "Tomorrow" ends with a finality and a hopefulness that fans deserve, and is a far better coda to a series than to continue without President Bartlet in office.
All told, the 7 seasons of the West Wing set a new highwater mark for television, and I, for one, am doubtful, it will ever be surpassed.