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The West Wing cast has no time for Sarah Sanders comparing herself to C.J. Cregg

As a show about people at the highest echelons of government power who are funny, principled, and actually good at their jobs, The West Wing is aspirational porn for people who have already achieved most of their higher aspirations. So we get why White House press secretary Sarah Sanders—whose reputation is such that…

What’s a great TV show with a terrible theme song?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Allison Janney knows what her West Wing character would have told Sean Spicer

The current administration has a pretty clear problem with communication, having torn through four communications directors and two press secretaries within the first eight months of Trump’s presidency. As it turns out, trying to spin the president’s lies isn’t an easy job. Someone who’s familiar with the (fictional)…

Lin-Manuel Miranda releases a rap track inspired by The West Wing

The many loves of the always enthusiastic Lin-Manuel Miranda include rap and The West Wing. Just as he fused the former with historic American politics in Hamilton, he has now combined it with Aaron Sorkin’s beloved drama in the newly released track titled “What’s Next?” In the verses, Miranda finds a way to work in…

What song is inextricably linked to a film or TV show for you?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

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The West Wing’s C.J. Cregg dropped in on today’s White House press briefing

With the White House Correspondents’ Dinner coming tomorrow night, things are starting to get zany in Washington, DC. First came the list of confirmed celebrity guests for the affair, which mashed up everyone from Fox News tagalong Jeff Goldblum to the Christian Broadcasting Network’s recruit Candace Cameron Bure and …

Supercut proves Martin Sheen sure did flip his jacket a lot on The West Wing

Characters on Aaron Sorkin shows, famed for their rapid-fire hallway “walk and talk” scenes, must learn to multitask if they’re going to survive and thrive. After all, a character like President Jed Bartlet on Sorkin’s The West Wing has a lot to accomplish in those dialogue-heavy, 42-minute episodes. As YouTuber Simon…

What underwhelming last lines have left you cold?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…