The West Wing at 20: How Aaron Sorkin composed the show's dialogue like music

Aaron Sorkin joined q's Tom Power back in 2018 to tell us how he scripts every sound in his screenplays, including The West Wing's famous "walk and talk" scenes.
Martin Sheen stars as President Josiah Bartlet and Rob Lowe as deputy communications director Sam Seaborn on NBC's The West Wing. (Getty Images)

Twenty years ago this week, one of the most famous fictional U.S. presidents, President Josiah Bartlet, appeared on TV for the first time in the pilot episode of The West Wing.

The show ran for seven seasons, won 26 Emmys and became one of the most respected TV dramas of all time. A lot of that is thanks to the show's creator, Aaron Sorkin.

He joined q's Tom Power back in 2018 to explain how he scripts every sound in his screenplays, including the famous "walk and talk" scenes where two characters dive into a fast-paced conversation as they power-hustle down the hallways of the White House.

— Produced by Emma Godmere

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