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The West Wing

The West Wing

NBC 1999

A glimpse into presidential politics in the nation's capital as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. These interesting characters have humor and dedication that touches the heart while the politics that they discuss touch on everyday life.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The West Wing

The West Wing - S2E22

#1 - Two Cathedrals

8.74

Season 2 - Episode 22

On the day of Mrs. Landingham's funeral, the staff deals with a Haitian presidential crisis and the law suit against the big tobacco companies, and Bartlet must decide about running for reelection.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The West Wing from 345 votes.

The West Wing - S7E22

#2 - Tomorrow

8.69

Season 7 - Episode 22

After seven seasons of the Award-winning drama series, the Bartlet Administration prepares to leave the White House and The West Wing. While Santos and his winning camp are nervously gearing up for the presidential inauguration, current President Bartlet (Martin Sheen), CJ (Allison Janney) and the others fondly look back as they prepare to leave the White House forever.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The West Wing from 244 votes.

The West Wing - S1E22

#3 - What Kind of Day Has It Been

8.47

Season 1 - Episode 22

The staff deals with the crisis of an American pilot who was shot down in Iraq; Toby's brother is in danger on a space shuttle whose doors won't close; Bartlet and the senior staff walk into trouble as they leave a town meeting.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The West Wing from 381 votes.

The West Wing - S4E23

#4 - Twenty Five

8.45

Season 4 - Episode 23

When Bartlet learns that Zoey's kidnapping is the work of Qumari terrorists, he invokes the 25th amendment to diminish their leverage and eliminate any conflict of interest; since there's no Vice President, the power of the Presidency passes to Bartlet's chief political rival and the most powerful Republican in the country, the Speaker of the House, who immediately takes a very hard line; now that twins Huck and Molly have arrived, Toby wonders if he's capable of loving them enough.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The West Wing from 266 votes.

The West Wing - S5E17

#5 - The Supremes

8.44

Season 5 - Episode 17

Jed and the staff vet potential Supreme Court appointees; Toby and Andy don't see eye-to-eye on her fact-finding trip to the Middle East; Donna's parents are the unlikely inspiration for the resolution to the problems arising from the judicial confirmation process.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The West Wing from 268 votes.

The West Wing - S7E17

#6 - Election Day (2)

8.43

Season 7 - Episode 17

Abbey is in New Hamphire with Liz Bartlet-Westin and they are awaiting the results of Doug Westin's campaign for a seat in Congress. Members of both the Santos campaign and the Vinick campaign must decide how to handle a tragedy, as the voters around the country continue to cast their votes for the next President of the United States.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The West Wing from 214 votes.

The West Wing - S4E22

#7 - Commencement

8.42

Season 4 - Episode 22

Bartlet finally tells the staff the truth about the death of Shareef; Danny agrees to hold off on the story after five alleged terrorists go missing; Andy goes into labor after once again refusing Toby's marriage proposal; Zoey is kidnapped from a nightclub on the night of her college graduation.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The West Wing from 268 votes.

The West Wing - S2E2

#8 - In the Shadow of Two Gunmen (2)

8.41

Season 2 - Episode 2

With the accomplice in custody, it's revealed that the intended target was Charlie, not Bartlet. The staff still awaits news about Josh, and recalls how C.J. and Donna came to join the Bartlet campaign.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The West Wing from 374 votes.

The West Wing - S2E1

#9 - In the Shadow of Two Gunmen (1)

8.35

Season 2 - Episode 1

While the staff awaits news regarding the injuries to Jed and Josh, they recall how Josh, Sam, and Toby became involved in the campaign three years earlier; Leo, Toby, and C.J. deal with inquiries on Secret Service protection policies, as well as the absence of executive authority while Jed was in surgery.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The West Wing from 399 votes.

The West Wing - S6E22

#10 - 2162 Votes

8.35

Season 6 - Episode 22

At the Democratic National Convention, Russell, Santos and Baker jockey for the 2162 votes that will give one of them the nomination for President, and the opportunity to lose to the apparently unstoppable Vinick in November. Meanwhile, the President must make a decision before it's too late on whether to deploy a secret rescue mission to the space station, and the FBI is asked to determine who leaked the existence of the military shuttle to the press.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The West Wing from 242 votes.

The West Wing - S4E15
#11 - Inauguration (2): Over There
8.32
Season 4 - Episode 15

Toby discovers that Will's frankness, stubbornness, and commitment to ideals is much like his own; Charlie remains on the hunt for an inaugural Bible; Bartlet and the staff continue to debate over sending American troops into Kundu to stop a genocidal war until Laurel and Hardy provide some needed inspiration; Bartlet appoints Will Deputy Communications Director; Donna takes one for Jack when a comment he thinks he is making off the record is included in a "Post" article by Danny's editor.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The West Wing from 273 votes.

The West Wing - S2E10
#12 - Noël
8.27
Season 2 - Episode 10

Josh investigates the suicide of a pilot with whom he has things in common; Donna tries to get an invitation to the Congressional Christmas party to hear Yo-Yo Ma perform; Jed insists on signing a mountain of Christmas cards himself; after a White House visitor has a strange reaction to a painting, C.J. sets out to discover its provenance; following weeks of volatile behavior and an outburst in the Oval Office, Josh meets with representatives from the America Trauma Victims Association and finally deals with the trauma from his shooting.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The West Wing from 363 votes.

The West Wing - S4E2
#13 - 20 Hours in America (2)
8.26
Season 4 - Episode 2

Donna teaches Toby and Josh an important lesson as their trek homeward continues; Sam staffs the President in Josh's absence and welcomes an old friend home; Bartlet hires a secretary and C.J. finds a Big Brother for Anthony; the situation in Qumar continues to escalate; Bartlet gets spooked by a photo op as the Dow continues its dive; and a pipe bomb kills 44 students at a Midwest university swim meet.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The West Wing from 274 votes.

The West Wing - S7E18
#14 - Requiem
8.23
Season 7 - Episode 18

Former series regulars, including Marlee Matlin, Mary-Louise Parker, Tim Matheson, Anna Deavere Smith and Gary Cole, make guest appearances as Bartlet, Santos and their staff members attend a funeral for one of their own. Also, Josh cautions Santos about getting involved in the vote for Speaker of the House.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The West Wing from 232 votes.

The West Wing - S4E6
#15 - Game On
8.23
Season 4 - Episode 6

Bartlet, Leo, Josh, Sam and C.J. pull a practical joke on Toby; Sam's mission to end the Wilde campaign leads him to make a career-altering decision; Jordan backs up Leo as he deals with the Qumari; Toby continues to press his case with a resistant Andrea; and Bartlet cleans Ritchie's clock in their debate.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The West Wing from 288 votes.

The West Wing - S7E16
#16 - Election Day (1)
8.23
Season 7 - Episode 16

Election Day finally arrives, and between analyzing exit polls, and mulling over news reports, a few Santos staff members discover the joys of campaign romance. Meanwhile, C.J. ponders life after the White House; and Annabeth makes a tragic discovery.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The West Wing from 227 votes.

The West Wing - S5E8
#17 - Shutdown
8.23
Season 5 - Episode 8

Jed's decision not to be held hostage by Haffley shuts down the federal government; unable to get through to Jed and fearing the worst, Leo calls in the reinforcements, and Abbey returns to Washington to deliver a message and provide her husband with a little perspective; after being benched from the staff meetings, Josh gets put back in the game by Jed and sets the stage for victory; disregarding the advice of more seasoned colleagues, Haffley makes a major misstep and loses his advantage over the White House; Jed and Haffley meet and reach an accord on the budget.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The West Wing from 263 votes.

The West Wing - S1E10
#18 - In Excelsis Deo
8.23
Season 1 - Episode 10

Toby tries to arrange a proper funeral for a homeless veteran; Josh and Sam try to set up a preemptive strike against Lillienfield, who is attacking Leo because of his prior drug and alcohol problem; CJ tries to get the staff to revisit the hate crimes issue; Bartlet sneaks out to do some last minute shopping.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The West Wing from 395 votes.

The West Wing - S5E2
#19 - The Dogs of War
8.22
Season 5 - Episode 2

Bombs drop on Qumar upon Walken's orders; as the hours pass without any word on Zoey's whereabouts, tensions increase within the Bartlet family; Walken and Leo clash after Josh's suspicion that the opposition is using Walken's tenure in the Oval Office to advance their agenda is confirmed; Andy takes the twins home; Leo inflicts a new intern from a prominent political family on an unwilling Josh; Jed's staff is less than thrilled when they learn who will succeed Walken as Speaker of the House; the search for a new Vice President is accelerated; Zoey is rescued.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The West Wing from 267 votes.

The West Wing - S4E21
#20 - Life on Mars
8.22
Season 4 - Episode 21

On his first day at work, Joe Quincy pieces together three news leaks and uncovers a scandal which forces Hoynes to resign.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The West Wing from 261 votes.

Last updated: apr 11, 2021

Comments

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One of the best American Political Dramas of all time. I wish there was shows on this level today :(

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very intelligent drama. got me hooked instantly and definitly upgraded my english vocabulary base ;)

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Brillant Show!! Still actual After all These years!

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In a bad episode The West Wing is way better than other shows in their most epic episodes.

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Un de mes série préférées. Intelligente sans être prétentieuse. Un bijou

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Just started watching this Aaron Sorkin created political drama and I'm hooked!•!•! Characters and shows story/ pace is on point..

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Truly one of the greatest television shows ever made. Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlame are absolute geniuses. The acting is superb as well. A must watch show.

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Best show ever

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Hi from 2019. Sorry to the world but a US perspective here. Loved this show on release a lifetime ago it seems. Recently watched again. The sad thing is so much of it is still relevant. This is how enlightened governance should be. Hope we can find it again. And soon :/

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One of my favorite all-time TV shows.

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