If you asked me to name my top 10 television shows, The West Wing starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and many others, would certainly be on that list and likely in the top 5. I’ve watched every episode several times and there are episodes and clips that I will pull up on Netflix when I need a specific inspiration.
I was super excited a few months ago when I heard that Josh Molina, who played Will Bailey on the show from 2002-2006, was going to be the co-host of a new podcast called The West Wing Weekly.
The podcast is fairly formulaic. For the first “half” of the podcast, Josh and co-host Hrishikesh Hirway dissect the episode talking about the highlights and lowlights, themes and plots. They share audio clips when appropriate. They talk a lot about Aaron Sorkin and his influence on the writing, the actors, etc.
The second “half” of the podcast usually includes a special guest. The guest portion of the show has absolutely been the best part of each episode so far. They’ve had a few of the actors from the show (Dule Hill, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff), one of the costume designers, a writer, and a couple of other guests.
After listening to the first couple of episodes, I decided that I was going to ration my watching of The West Wing in time with The West Wing Weekly podcast. For the past 8 weeks, I’ve been watching an episode of The West Wing on Netflix and then listening to an episode of The West Wing Weekly, and it’s been amazing.
They have only done 10 episodes so far, and there is plenty of time to get caught up.