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The West Wing Series Three Review

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The third season of the most intelligent show on TV comes to DVD

★★★★★

The crisis facing President Bartlet was the investigation into the non-disclosure of his multiple scelorsis; the more pressing problem for creator Aaron Sorkin was the world post-9/11.

But after a very public gaffe (the sermonising Isaac And Ishmael episode), it was back to business as usual — namely overlapping dialogue, a liberal agenda and witty comebacks about trade deficits.

Watched back-to-back, the dropped characters and abandoned story arcs that plague Sorkin’s deadline-day scripts become obvious but, even so, this remains the smartest, snappiest, most ambitious entertainment around, and features the most evenly matched ensemble on TV.

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