PEOPLE recently caught up with the actors for a status check on the relationship: It’s hard to believe now, but the couple wasn’t originally in the long-running drama’s master plan.
That all changed when Whitford and Moloney reported to set and immediately displayed the palpable chemistry that fans came to know and love.
The characters spend the entirety of every episode having lengthy, pointed arguments about real concerns such as public education, foreign aid and gun control, in a style of patter which carefully balances sober and didactic with nutty and didactic.
All sides of an issue are covered (the show even gave the reason for the US Navy's infamous four-hundred-dollar ashtrays), although the show still has a distinctly liberal bias, with more than a few Republicans being portrayed as arrogant and out of touch.
In fact, the President wasn't even originally intended to appear very often, but Sheen was so impressive in the pilot that he was made a regular instead of the original four-episodes-a-season plan.