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A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Cast, guests promote voting in rousing, nostalgic special.

TV Max Educational 2020
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This cast reunion special from the acclaimed political series of the early '00s is a well-constructed and charmingly earnest effort at inspiring viewers to vote. The staged episode that the reunited cast acts out for A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, called "Hartsfield's Landing," highlights the fictional president's integrity, intelligence, and relationship-building skills. It will certainly come off as a partisan dig to some, but fans of the show are not likely to be bothered by the bias, and besides, the acting is a joy to watch. Guest spots by public figures further stress the importance of voting. Samuel L. Jackson's impassioned spot is quite compelling, as is Lin-Manuel Miranda's humorous call to the polls. Though it's unlikely that this effort swayed new voters to vote, this reunion special will surely be greatly enjoyed by fans, especially those longing for a presidential administration more like the one portrayed in The West Wing.

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