Pilot Script from The West Wing

Pilot Script from The West Wing

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Copy of the 65-page script for the pilot episode of the NBC television series, The West Wing. This pilot script was written by Aaron Sorkin, and the episode was directed by Thomas Schlamme. The draft of the script was completed on February 6, 1998, and the final revision to the script was completed on August 4, 1999. The episode premiered on NBC on September 22, 1999.

The West Wing is a one-hour drama that aired on NBC from September 22, 1999 to May 14, 2006. It is set in Washington, D.C., and follows the fictional Democratic President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen) and his senior West Wing staff behind-the-scenes during political and personal issues through two terms of office. The creator, Aaron Sorkin, was the lead writer for almost all of the episodes in the first four seasons, working with fellow executive producers Thomas Schlamme and John Wells. The West Wing is known for its quick dialogue and shots of staff walking and talking through the hallways of the White House—known as “walk and talks.” The series won 26 Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Globes.

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Date made
Sorkin, Aaron
place made
United States
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
metal (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 28 cm x 21 cm x 2 cm; 11 in x 8 1/4 in x 13/16 in
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National Museum of American History


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