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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 Worst Episodes of The West Wing

The West Wing - S5E18

#1 - Access


Season 5 - Episode 18

A documentary camera crew follows C.J. around for a not-so-typical day in the White House.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The West Wing from 212 votes.

The West Wing - S6E19

#2 - Ninety Miles Away


Season 6 - Episode 19

New rumors about Fidel Castro's health cause the President to re-examine the economic sanctions against Cuba that haven't worked for 40 years, and he sends Leo McGarry to meet secretly with the Cuban dictator. The occasion causes C.J. to check into Kate Harper's past with the C.I.A., but she is unaware of a past encounter between Kate and Leo. Meanwhile, Charlie discovers the complexities of dealing with a termite invasion of the White House.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The West Wing from 212 votes.

The West Wing - S5E19

#3 - Talking Points


Season 5 - Episode 19

Hail the conquering hero. Josh returns after nailing down details for a trade agreement. But the devil in the detail, including information kept from Josh. C.J. fights megamedia ownership of local TV.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The West Wing from 244 votes.

The West Wing - S4E9

#4 - Swiss Diplomacy


Season 4 - Episode 9

The 15-year old son of an Iranian leader needs a heart transplant in the U.S. Problem is, the only man who could do it is an enemy of the Iranian government; The Senate minority leader threatens to thwart the President's legislative agenda when he believes that Hoynes is doing some political maneuvering for the next Presidential election; Toby offers a Congresswoman a Cabinet position but is forced to take back the offer.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The West Wing from 269 votes.

The West Wing - S2E7

#5 - The Portland Trip


Season 2 - Episode 7

After ridiculing Notre Dame, C.J. is forced to accompany the President on a trip to Oregon; Toby and Sam struggle to write Jed's education speech for the following day; back at the White House, Josh tries to dissuade a gay Congressman who supports legislation banning same-sex marriages and Leo gets divorce papers, which causes Margaret to worry that he may fall off the wagon.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The West Wing from 341 votes.

The West Wing - S4E13

#6 - The Long Goodbye


Season 4 - Episode 13

While Toby unsuccessfully attempts to fill her shoes in the briefing room, C.J. returns to Dayton, where she gives a speech at her high school reunion, reconnects with an old friend, and struggles with her father's worsening Alzheimer's.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The West Wing from 220 votes.

The West Wing - S3E12

#7 - The Two Bartlets


Season 3 - Episode 12

On the day of the Democratic Caucus, Bartlet, Toby and C.J. go to Iowa to kick off the presidential race, and disagree over Bartlet's making a statement about affirmative action. Back in Washington, Leo forces Josh to intercede with an old friend leading a protest against Navy arms testing at Vieques, Puerto Rico. Sam meets with Bob Engler again, who is now acting on behalf of two congressmen who want an inventory of Fort Knox because they believe that most of the gold bullion has been replaced with alien bodies recovered from Area 51 in Roswell, New Mexico. After Josh rebuffs her request, Donna seeks Sam's help in getting out of jury duty. Josh brings a little bit of Tahiti to his relationship with Amy Gardner.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The West Wing from 274 votes.

The West Wing - S5E12

#8 - Slow News Day


Season 5 - Episode 12

Toby gets Jed's support to seize a controversial window of opportunity to save Social Security, but is hampered by Jed's mandate to keep the operation under wraps; desperate to feed the press corps beast on a glacially slow news day, C.J. meets with an attache to discuss cabbage imports, and has a little fun with a particularly dense reporter; Josh's brainstorm to help Will burnish Bob Russell's presentation problems and a persistent reporter endanger Toby's attempts to broker a deal on the Hill; Rina finds a friend in Donna, and Josh isn't too happy about it; Toby is saved from having to fall on his sword when Josh and Jed devise a plan to rescue his deal from certain disaster.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The West Wing from 235 votes.

The West Wing - S5E16

#9 - Eppur Si Muove


Season 5 - Episode 16

When a conservative Republican Congresswoman targets Ellie's research project in an effort to discredit Jed, Toby discovers that the source of the leak is uncomfortably close to home, and Will realizes that they've all greatly underestimated his boss; Josh investigates the wisdom of a recess appointment as he tries to convince an old friend to be patient with the Sixth Circuit judicial nomination process and keep his hat in the ring; C.J. completely misreads Ben's intentions; Donna tracks down an AWOL Ryan; an opening is created on the Supreme Court; in an effort to redefine Abbey's image with the press, C.J. sets her up to do a public service announcement with the Muppets, which inspires Ellie to stand up before the press in defense of scientific research unhampered by politics.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The West Wing from 244 votes.

The West Wing - S5E9

#10 - Abu el Banat


Season 5 - Episode 9

The Bartet clan attempts to gather for a holiday dinner. Jed must deal with a hostage situation in Sudan, an assisted suicide in Oregon, his son-in-law's yearn to run for the House of Representatives, and his grandson's want to spend time with his grandpa. C.J. takes a stand on the assisted suicide because of her father's worsening condition.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The West Wing from 236 votes.

The West Wing - S1E4
#11 - Five Votes Down
Season 1 - Episode 4

Five votes keep a very important gun-control bill from being passed and the staff has 72 hours to track down the errant congressmen;Toby is accused of manipulating the stock market by having a friend testify to Commerce on internet stocks; Leo's wife gets fed up with his long hours.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The West Wing from 459 votes.

The West Wing - S5E15
#12 - Full Disclosure
Season 5 - Episode 15

He's back, Former VP John Hoynes, who resigned in sex scandal, makes a bid for political resurrection by trashing Barlet and Leo in a tell-all book. But it's C.J. who's taking the news the hardest,

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The West Wing from 252 votes.

The West Wing - S2E6
#13 - The Lame Duck Congress
Season 2 - Episode 6

The president considers recalling the Senate to push ratification of a nuclear-test-ban treaty. Meanwhile, Donna lobbies new legislation introducing ergonomic standards in the White House; A Ukrainian politician shows up at the White House drunk demanding to see the president.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The West Wing from 333 votes.

The West Wing - S5E6
#14 - Disaster Relief
Season 5 - Episode 6

The fallout on the Hill from Carrick's switch to the Republican party exiles Josh deep into a White House doghouse, so C.J. gives Donna some tips on how she can support him; Jed gets a harsh reality check from C.J. when he lingers too long in a small Oklahoma town devastated by a deadly tornado; in Jed's absence, Leo juggles an impending war between Albania and Greece, a visit from the German chancellor, a tussle over tax cuts, and an over-reaching Secretary of Defense; Josh and Toby are less than thrilled when Leo brings Angela on board to assume some of Josh's responsibilities.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The West Wing from 245 votes.

The West Wing - S5E10
#15 - The Stormy Present
Season 5 - Episode 10

President Bartlet attends the funeral of a former president with other former presidents Glenallen Walken and D. Wire Newman, while monitoring a possible situation in Saudi Arabia. Josh Lyman mediates an argument between a representative from Connecticut and one from North Carolina who wants her state's copy of the Bill of Rights returned. CJ is concerned about a scientist's invention which could interfere with privacy.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The West Wing from 245 votes.

The West Wing - S2E11
#16 - The Leadership Breakfast
Season 2 - Episode 11

To get real issues to be discussed at a bi-partisan breakfast, Toby makes a deal with a former acquaintance who is the majority leader's new Chief of Staff to strike a bargain and put an issue on the agenda, thereby undermining CJ and setting up the administration to ridicule; The possibility of moving the press corps across the street is briefly explored; Leo and Toby start to face harsh realities about Bartlet's re-election; Josh and Sam build a fire with unfortunate consequences; Leo tells Josh to apologize for him after embarrassing himself in front of a columnist. Unfortunately the embarrassment continues with Sam and Donna.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The West Wing from 329 votes.

The West Wing - S1E8
#17 - Enemies
Season 1 - Episode 8

Bartlet and Hoynes argue in front of the Cabinet; C.J. fends off Danny's advances when she suspects he's after a big story; Mallory asks Sam out; the staff leaps hurdles to pass a banking bill.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The West Wing from 394 votes.

The West Wing - S7E3
#18 - Message of the Week
Season 7 - Episode 3

It's three weeks into the presidential campaign and Vinick meets with Frost out on the trail. Santos pulls a stunt which leads to higher approval ratings and jolts the Vinick camp. Vinick and Santos try to kick each other politically while they focus on their messages of the week.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The West Wing from 206 votes.

The West Wing - S3E7
#19 - The Indians in the Lobby
Season 3 - Episode 7

Disgruntled that Abbey has decided that the Bartlet's will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday at Camp David instead of New Hampshire, Bartlet takes out his pique by boring everyone within earshot over his plans to cook Thanksgiving dinner, going so far as to call "The Butterball Hotline" to ask questions about cooking the stuffing. Josh works to expedite the return of a 13 year old Georgia boy whose parents sent him to Italy after he murdered his teacher. When Italy refuses to extradite the boy to a death penalty state, Josh makes a deal with the district attorney prosecuting the case, offering him unlimited financial backing for his reelection campaign in exchange for his not seeking the death penalty. Sam struggles with the revised OMB poverty level formula which will instantly create four million new poor people until Bruno finds a way to spin it to the administration's advantage. On Thanksgiving Eve, C.J. tries to find someone, anyone, from Interior to meet with two Stockbridge-Mu

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The West Wing from 292 votes.

The West Wing - S2E12
#20 - The Drop-In
Season 2 - Episode 12

Bartlet has the duty of formally welcoming newly appointed ambassadors from other nations; Leo continues his efforts to get the President to support the "missile shield: defense system", even though the shield doesn't quite work; CJ must ask a popular comedian to turn down an offer to host the Will Rogers dinner; Sam is angered when Toby adds a "drop-in" to Sam's already perfect speech without consulting him.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The West Wing from 331 votes.

Last updated: apr 14, 2021



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


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


Brillant Show!! Still actual After all These years!


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


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


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


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.


Best show ever


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 :/


One of my favorite all-time TV shows.

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