Sam Seaborn

Character

Samuel Norman Seaborn is a fictional character portrayed by Rob Lowe on the television serial drama The West Wing. He is Deputy White House Communications Director in the Josiah Bartlet administration throughout the first four seasons of the series.

The show was designed with Sam as the main character, and as such he is the protagonist of the pilot episode, and remains a focal point and lens for the show through at least the first season. However, by the time of his departure, his significance in the plot had decreased as the show started to focus more on the President's ability to govern despite obstacles such as his previously undisclosed multiple sclerosis, campaign for re-election, and increased focus on foreign policy and terrorism. The character of Sam had never been strongest in these areas, resulting in the elevation of Martin Sheen's character President Josiah Bartlet simultaneously with Sam's decline.

Samuel Norman Seaborn is a fictional character portrayed by Rob Lowe on the television serial drama The West Wing. He is Deputy White House Communications Director in the Josiah Bartlet administration throughout the first four seasons of the series.

The show was designed with Sam as the main character, and as such he is the protagonist of the pilot episode, and remains a focal point and lens for the show through at least the first season. However, by the time of his departure, his significance in the plot had decreased as the show started to focus more on the President's ability to govern despite obstacles such as his previously undisclosed multiple sclerosis, campaign for re-election, and increased focus on foreign policy and terrorism. The character of Sam had never been strongest in these areas, resulting in the elevation of Martin Sheen's character President Josiah Bartlet simultaneously with Sam's decline.

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