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‘West Wing’ memories at Harvard’s Institute of Politics

Four of the show’s Emmy winners relived some of their most memorable “West Wing” moments on Friday.

Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe

Four of the show’s Emmy winners relived some of their most memorable “West Wing” moments on Friday.

For seven seasons, 1999-2006, NBC’s political drama “The West Wing” earned huge ratings — and 26 Emmys — for its bracing portrayal of life in the White House. Friday at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, four of the show’s Emmy winners relived some of their most memorable “West Wing” moments before a packed audience. The panelists: Bradley Whitford (right), currently appearing in ABC’s “Trophy Wife,” who played White House deputy chief of staff Josh Lyman; Janel Moloney (on screen at top, via Skype), who played Donna Moss, Lyman’s assistant; Richard Schiff (by speakerphone), a.k.a. communications chief Toby Ziegler; and former executive producer Lawrence O’Donnell (left), now an MSNBC host, who served as moderator. Moloney recalled what a joy it was to work on the set, while Schiff said that the series probed “whether our better sides can win over our demons.” Character development and the show’s influence on real-life politics were also discussed.

Globe Correspondent Alex Stills contributed.

Correction: Because of a reporting error, Josh Lyman was misidentified in an earlier version of this article.

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