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The West Wing: Where All My Favorite Shows Got Their Talent

When The Clone Wars writer Katie Lucas (yes, that Lucas) compared me to The West Wing ’s J osh Lyman, and I admitted that I’d never seen the show, she strongly recommended that I watch it. Five minutes into the series pilot, I was hooked. A number of things stood out to me about the show, not the least of which was the fact that I agreed with nearly every one of President Bartlet’s policy initiatives. Aaron Sorkin’s dialog is outstanding, the main cast shines in every episode, and the show does a great job of exploring American politics. None of this was particularly surprising as I delved deeper into the series. What I didn’t expect was that, over the course of its seven seasons, The West Wing would feature a variety of key actors from my other favorite shows and movies. I’ve collected a partial list here so you can see just what I’m talking about. Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborn, starring in Seasons 1 through 4) – Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation John de Lancie (Al Kiefer in