Despite having watching the series about 74,000 times, I’m still bothered that the Netflix/DVD version of The West Wing‘s “Isaac and Ishmael” omits the intro that aired with it back in 2001. While I recognize that the message isn’t appropriate now, the context that’s lost is more-confusing for new viewers.
In particular, this bit from the end of the intro, delivered by the character Joshua Lyman, is important:
Now, don’t panic. We’re in show business and we’ll get back to tending our egos in short order, but tonight we offer a play–it’s called “Isaac and Ishmael.” We suggest you don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure out where this episode comes in in the timeline of the series; it doesn’t. It’s a story-telling aberration, if you’ll allow.