West Wing

WEST WING/NBC/1999-2006 (Multiple Sclerosis)

Josiah “Jed” Bartlet (Martin Sheen), a liberal Democratic US President afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis.


Only a few of his highest advisors knew of the ailment. He never informed the American public he had such an illness during the campaign. Now, that he is in the White House and under stress from domestic and international issues, his condition begins to reveal itself.

On episode “17 People” (aired 4/4/01) Communications Director Tobias “Toby” Ziegler was shocked to learn of the President’s secret affliction with multiple sclerosis — and he detailed its political and legal ramifications.

Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin), a deaf pollster was brought on board to monitor the public’s reaction to his medical disclosure. Joey also assisted the President before several of his State of Union addresses.

See also: West Wing 2


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