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59. The West Wing (NBC)

Aired: 1999-2006

Aaron Sorkin, the man behind Sports Night, created a political drama that was not only watchable, but good—making it the first of its kind, if you don't count The Dukes of Hazzard. The show's lefty sensibility and succession of intelligent liberal presidents was a welcomed measure of solace during a time when our real president was busy ass-raping the country.

YOU AUGHTA KNOW:
Jimmy Smits' character Matthew Santos was based on Barack Obama, with the show's writers calling David Axelrod to pick his brain after Obama's 2004 National Convention speech.

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