I live in the D.C. area, so I can tell you how realistic The West Wing is. It's very popular here. Season 2 picks up where Season 1 left off, at the assasination attempt. We follow President Bartlett's progress, learn more about his MS and the conflict it causes among the president and his staff and Mrs. (Dr.) Bartlett. The 2nd season also leads up to the president's decision to run again for another term. I've seen every episode of The West Wing from beginning to end when it aired on TV, but I never tired of watching it. I can't wait to purchase Season 3.