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The Best West Wing Episodes

Updated May 18, 2020 2.6k votes 338 voters 8.0k views41 items

List RulesThe Best West Wing episodes, no matter how popular they are.

List of the best The West Wing episodes, as determined by voters like you. Aaron Sorkin's landmark political drama brought humor and pathos to primetime. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist across those seven seasons, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top West Wing episodes of all time are.

Fans of The West Wing are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is. "Two Cathedrals," and "The Debate" are included on this list. What is the West Wing episode of all time? Look below and find out. And make sure to check out these other shows like The West Wing!

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    Two Cathedrals is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    Two Cathedrals

    May 16 2001

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 2

    Episode Number22

    On the day of Mrs. Landingham's funeral, the staff deals with a Haitian presidential crisis... more on Wikipedia
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    In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, P is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 2

    Episode Number1

    While the staff awaits news regarding the injuries to Jed and Josh, they recall how Josh,... more on Wikipedia
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    In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, P is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 2

    Episode Number2

    With the accomplice in custody, it's revealed that the intended target was Charlie, not...
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    Celestial Navigation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    SeasonThe West Wing Season 1

    Episode Number15

    Toby and Sam travel to Connecticut to get Roberto Mendoza released from jail; Josh must run a...
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    17 People is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    17 People

    Apr 04 2001

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 2

    Episode Number18

    Toby, suspicious that there's something going on with the President, finds out about Bartlet's...
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    In Excelsis Deo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    In Excelsis Deo

    Dec 15 1999

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 1

    Episode Number10

    Toby tries to arrange a proper funeral for a homeless veteran; Josh and Sam try to set up a... more on Wikipedia
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    Somebody's Going to Emergency, is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 2

    Episode Number16

    It's Big Block of Cheese Day again. Toby meets with World Trade Organization protesters, and...
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    20 Hours in America (1) is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    20 Hours in America (1)

    Sep 25 2002

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 4

    Episode Number1

    Toby, Josh, and Donna learn the hard way about the lack of accessible public transportation in... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Pilot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    Pilot

    Sep 22 1999

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 1

    Episode Number1

    "Pilot" is the first episode of the American serial drama The West Wing.
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    Let Bartlet Be Bartlet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    SeasonThe West Wing Season 1

    Episode Number19

    Mandy's old memo about Bartlet administration weaknesses surfaces; Josh tries to get... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Game On is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    Game On

    Oct 30 2002

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 4

    Episode Number6

    Bartlet, Leo, Josh, Sam and C.J. pull a practical joke on Toby; Sam's mission to end the Wilde...
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    And It's Surely to Their Credi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes

    Episode Number5

    Leo tries to make Ainsley's arrival as painless as possible, despite resistance from her new...
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    Posse Comitatus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    Posse Comitatus

    May 22 2002

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 3

    Episode Number21

    Bartlet continues to struggle over the wisdom of assassinating the terrorist Qumari defense...
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    18th and Potomac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    18th and Potomac

    May 09 2001

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 2

    Episode Number21

    The staff prepares for the worst as they make arrangements for the public announcement of the...
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    The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    The Supremes

    Mar 24 2004

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 5

    Episode Number17

    Jed and the staff vet potential Supreme Court appointees; Toby and Andy don't see eye-to-eye...
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    Noël is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    Noël

    Dec 20 2000

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 2

    Episode Number10

    "Noël" is the 10th episode of the second season The West Wing.
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    Shutdown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    Shutdown

    Nov 19 2003

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 5

    Episode Number8

    Jed's decision not to be held hostage by Haffley shuts down the federal government; unable to...
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    What Kind of Day Has It Been is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 1

    Episode Number22

    The staff deals with the crisis of an American pilot who was shot down in Iraq; Toby's brother... more on Wikipedia
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    The Crackpots and These Women is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    The Crackpots and These Women

    Oct 20 1999

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 1

    Episode Number5

    The staffers spend the day ("Big Block of Cheese day") dealing with private organizations, aka... more on Wikipedia
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    Election Day, Part II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    SeasonThe West Wing Season 7

    Episode Number17

    Abbey is in New Hamphire with Liz Bartlet-Westin and they are awaiting the results of Doug...
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    Evidence of Things Not Seen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 4

    Episode Number20

    The White House is locked down after a gunman on the street fires shots into the West Wing;...
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    Election Day Part I is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    Election Day Part I

    Apr 02 2006

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 7

    Episode Number16

    Election Day finally arrives, and between analyzing exit polls, and mulling over news reports,...
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    Take This Sabbath Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    SeasonThe West Wing Season 1

    Episode Number14

    After the Supreme Court refuses to stay the execution of a convicted murderer, Bartlet has...
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    Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    Life on Mars

    Apr 30 2003

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 4

    Episode Number21

    On his first day at work, Joe Quincy pieces together three news leaks and uncovers a scandal...
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    Commencement is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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    Commencement

    May 07 2003

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 4

    Episode Number22

    Bartlet finally tells the staff the truth about the death of Shareef; Danny agrees to hold off...
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