Series The West Wing Discussion

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10:11:23 PM May 17th 2013
"Sorkin was fond of making homages to and referencing musical theatre, most impressively from 1776. It could be argued that there are references in every single episode due to one character being a descendant of a character in 1776 (Pres. Bartlet, and his three daughters as well, of course) and through Sorkin's taking Josh's last name from a minor 1776 character (Dr. Lyman Hall of Georgia)."

Those aren't references to 1776, those are just the names of two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. As much as I love the movie, it doesn't predate the actual signing.
04:31:54 PM Jul 20th 2012
Drop What You Are Doing has been renamed to Dramatic Drop. It was listed on this page as a Zero-Context Example, so I could not tell if it actually applies, or was misuse based on the old, somewhat misleading name. If anyone actually knows whether this trope applies, and can provide some context, they should feel free to re-add the trope under the new name.

06:08:03 PM Jul 1st 2011
I've never really been satisfied with the page quote. I feel like we should have something that reflects the show's humor in some way. But I've drawn a blank. Any suggestions?
03:20:16 PM Mar 13th 2012
If you're referring to "it's the only thing that ever has", I disagree. The humor in WW is top notch but ultimately the show is a drama about an energetic, idealistic group of people trying to work through the trials and tribulations of government and politics, which is perfectly captured by the current quote.
08:03:14 AM Oct 22nd 2010
There's a surprisingly large amount of spoilers on this page that aren't properly masked, starting with Aborted Arc (people in the middle of Season 3 are wondering just exactly which bus Zoey has been put on), and going all the way down to Will They Wont They (They Do REALLY needs a mask.) Unless anyone has objections, I'm gonna start applying spoiler masks.
04:22:44 PM Oct 22nd 2010
I object. Please list the specific examples you feel absolutely must have spoiler tags so we can discuss them.
05:01:00 PM Sep 20th 2010
edited by HersheleOstropoler
I think there's a Shout-Out, to wit:

But I don't want to add it without being sure.
05:11:38 PM Sep 20th 2010
That's certainly an interesting connection, but The L So E is a famous and prestigious school in its own right; it might just be a case of Ivy League for Everyone. I've never read anything about Sorkin deliberately referencing Yes, Minister in the show, but then, someone else may know something I don't.
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