TV has given us a lot of political series, especially in recent years. But The West Wing remains the gold standard of D.C. dramas, not only because it captures the frenetic pace of working inside the Beltway and often gets wonderfully wonky on matters of policy, but also because it dares to show that politics isn’t just a cesspool of deceit, treachery, and backstabbing. Sometimes, it’s actually inspiring — even after this year’s election. Seven seasons, 115 hours.
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