HBO Max Streaming ‘West Wing’ Presidential Election Special Free to Non-Subs Through End of the Year

With only one week left until Election Day, HBO Max’s get-out-the-vote presidential election special featuring the original cast from “The West Wing” will stream for free to non-subscribers through the end of the year.

The special, “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote,” is available at hbomax.com/votebecause.

For the first time in 17 years, the original cast of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Warner Bros. Television drama series come together with creator Aaron Sorkin and executive producer/director Thomas Schlamme. The special features a theatrical stage presentation of the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode from the show’s third season in 2001. The creative team and cast organized the production in order to raise awareness for and support the mission of When We All Votea nonprofit, nonpartisan organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama founded to increase participation in every election in America. In honor of the special, WarnerMedia is making make a financial donation to the organization.

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“The West Wing,” which aired from 1999 to 2006 on NBC, offered a glimpse into the inner workings of a fictional White House under President Josiah Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen). The show earned more 65 industry awards, including a record-tying 26 Emmy Awards for a drama series.

‘West Wing’ Cast to Reunite for Voting Benefit Special on HBO Max Oct. 15

A “West Wing” reunion to benefit Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote organization will  premiere on HBO Max on Oct. 15, two weeks prior to the national election.

The special marks the first time in 17 years that the original cast of the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning Warner Bros. Television drama series will come together with creator Aaron Sorkin and executive producer-director Thomas Schlamme for a special theatrical stage presentation of the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode from the show’s third season. “The West Wing” stars Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen will reprise their roles from the episode.

The special will include act breaks with guest appearances from When We All Vote co-chair Michelle Obama, President Bill Clinton and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Emmy Award–winning composer W.G. Snuffy Walden will play the iconic score for “The West Wing.” Folk rock band The Avett Brothers will also close out the special.

The creative team and cast organized the production to raise awareness for and support When We All Vote, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that was founded to increase participation in every election in America. In honor of the special, WarnerMedia will make a donation to When We All Vote.

The production will strictly follow COVID Safe Way Forward Protocols.

Spanning seven seasons, “The West Wing” provided a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of an eclectic group of frenzied staffers in the Oval Office and the West Wing of the White House. Emmy winner Sorkin created the series and served as an executive producer with Emmy winners Thomas Schlamme and John Wells (“ER,” “Shameless”). “The West Wing” won 27 Primetime Emmy Awards (including one for The West Wing: Documentary Special), two Peabody Awards, two Humanitas Prizes, two Golden Globe Awards, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Writers Guild of America Awards, two Directors Guild of America Awards, and five Television Critics Association Awards, among many others.

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In the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode, original air date Feb. 27, 2002, Bartlet (Martin Sheen) engages both Sam (Rob Lowe) and Toby (Richard Schiff) in intricate chess matches that mirror the wily game of brinksmanship that Bartlet is playing with the Chinese, who are conducting war games in the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese threaten real war if Taiwan begins test firing its new U.S.-made Patriot defense missiles. Meanwhile, Josh (Bradley Whitford) is nervous about the 42 votes in a remote New Hampshire town’s election, which are counted immediately and always predict the winner of that state’s primary. Mischievous C.J. (Allison Janney) tries to upset Charlie (Dulé Hill) by hiding his copy of the President’s top-secret daily schedule — prompting a spate of playful tricks. The episode was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Vincent Misiano.

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When We All Vote is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit launched by co-chair Michelle Obama in 2018 on a mission to change the culture around voting by bringing together citizens, institutions, brands, and organizations to increase participation in every election. They are also on a mission to close the race and age voting gap and empower all eligible voters to cast their ballot by harnessing grassroots energy, establishing strategic partnerships, and implementing digital organizing strategies. Learn more here.

HBO Max Reuniting ‘The West Wing’ Cast for Pre-Election Special

Ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election, HBO Max and “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin Aug. 25 announced that for the first time in 17 years, the original cast of the award-winning drama series from Warner Bros. Television will come together for “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote,” which will debut on the streaming service this fall.

“A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote” will feature a theatrical stage presentation of the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode from the show’s third season. The presentation is designed to raise awareness for “When We All Vote,” a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama, which was founded to increase participation in every election in America.

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Spanning seven seasons (1999-2006), “The West Wing” provided a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of an eclectic group of frenzied staffers in the Oval Office and the West Wing of the White House.

The series starred Emmy nominee Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation,” “9-1-1: Lone Star”), Emmy winner/Oscar nominee Stockard Channing (“The Good Wife,” “Six Degrees of Separation”), Emmy nominee Dulé Hill (“Psych”), Emmy and Oscar winner Allison Janney (“Mom”; I, Tonya), Emmy nominee Janel Moloney (“The Leftovers”), Emmy winner Richard Schiff (“The Good Doctor,” “Clemency”), the late Emmy winner John Spencer (“L.A. Law”), Emmy winner Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Get Out) and Emmy winner Martin Sheen (“Grace and Frankie, The Departed), and was produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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WarnerMedia will make a donation to “When We All Vote.” Entertainment Weekly revealed a cover story today featuring “The West Wing” cast standing alongside Sorkin as they unite to get out the vote.

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will shoot over multiple days at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles in early October. Series stars Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen will reprise their roles from the episode.

In addition to the participation of the original series cast members, the staged production will also feature special guest appearances, including a special message from Obama, among others. Additional cast members and special guests from the worlds of public service and the arts will be announced in the coming weeks.

The unique stage production connects Sorkin with his roots in the theatre as the playwright of productions A Few Good Men, The Farnsworth Invention and To Kill a Mockingbird. Sorkin will write original exclusive material for A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, and Thomas Schlamme will serve as director of the production.

“We are excited to revisit this legendary series and offer our passionate fans something that is substantial, meaningful and unforgettable, while also promoting an important message for our time,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max, said in a statement.

Sorkin created the series and served as an executive producer with Emmy winners Schlamme and Wells (“ER,” “Shameless”). One of the most critically acclaimed and lauded shows in television history, “The West Wing” won 27 Primetime Emmy Awards (including one for “The West Wing: Documentary Special”), two Peabody Awards, two Humanitas Prizes, two Golden Globe Awards, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Writers Guild of America Awards, two Directors Guild of America Awards, and five Television Critics Association Awards, among many others.