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The Best West Wing Episodes

Updated May 18, 2020 2.6k votes 359 voters 8.6k 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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    Commencement

    May 07 2003

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 4

    Episode Number22

    SeriesThe West Wing

    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...  more
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    Guns Not Butter

    Jan 08 2003

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 4

    Episode Number12

    SeriesThe West Wing

    Josh, determined to make sure a foreign aid bill passes even though it's a hopeless cause, sends Donna out to track down a reluctant senator; in an attempt to impress Zoey's new boyfriend, Charlie...  more
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    SeasonThe West Wing - Season 0

    Episode Number1

    SeriesThe West Wing

    While the White House is in lock down, Josh and the staff try to put the events of 9/11/01 in context for a group of gifted high schoolers....  more
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    SeasonThe West Wing Season 4

    Episode Number14

    SeriesThe West Wing

    The staff wrangles with the State Department over language in the inaugural address; a genocidal war breaks out in Kundu, and Bartlet weighs his options as Will pushes for American military...  more
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    SeasonThe West Wing Season 2

    Episode Number4

    SeriesThe West Wing

    To investigate the cost and availability of AIDS medication needed in Africa, the White House plays host to representatives of American pharmaceutical companies and the president of an African...  more
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    No Exit

    Apr 28 2004

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 5

    Episode Number20

    SeriesThe West Wing

    An airborne contamination alert locks down the West Wing, forcing staffers to stay put until the all-clear is sounded; Toby and Will face off over Will's working for the vice president; C.J. tells...  more
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    The Debate

    Nov 06 2005

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 7

    Episode Number139

    SeriesThe West Wing

    Santos and Vinick battle it out in primetime live. Forrest Saywer the moderator poses questions and attempts to ensure that the candidates remain within bounds. Ellen DeGeneres guest hosts the show...  more
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    SeasonThe West Wing Season 3

    Episode Number16

    SeriesThe West Wing

    Toby looks forward to meeting the new U.S. Poet Laureate; Jed fires the first salvo of his reelection campaign when he calls his likely opponent less than brilliant, and the national press just can't...  more
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    Manchester: Part 2

    Oct 17 2001

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 3

    Episode Number2

    SeriesThe West Wing

    The senior staff clash with the consultants who are to work on Bartlet's reelection campaign; C.J. is concerned that the press senses the Bartlets' marriage could be in trouble; Josh asks Leo to let...
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    Privateers

    Mar 26 2003

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 4

    Episode Number18

    SeriesThe West Wing

    Toby's old friend approaches him ready to blow the whistle on his employer's violations of environmental laws; staff pranks abound on Amy's first day at the office; Abbey charges Amy with the task of...  more
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    In God We Trust

    Mar 23 2005

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 6

    Episode Number20

    SeriesThe West Wing

    Senator Vinick, now the Republican Presidential nominee, receives advice from former Bartlet political consultant Bruno Gianelli on how to win all 50 states in the general election, and more...  more
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    The State Dinner

    Nov 10 1999

    SeasonThe West Wing Season 1

    Episode Number7

    SeriesThe West Wing

    The president of Indonesia is honored at a state dinner; the staff deals with Hurricane Sarah, a potential teamster strike, and a raid involving children in Idaho; a reporter flirts with C.J....  more
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    SeasonThe West Wing Season 4

    Episode Number16

    SeriesThe West Wing

    Bartlet plays hardball to end the genocide in Kundu; after the entire speechwriting staff quits, Will is forced to rely on Elsie and some inexperienced interns to write tax policy remarks; the trip...  more
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    Bartlet's decision about Haiti falls under scrutiny; C.J. makes a horrible blunder in a press conference and is hounded about the president's health by reporters; the staff disagrees about whether...  more
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    SeasonThe West Wing Season 6

    Episode Number16

    SeriesThe West Wing

    A new candidate for president, Senator Rafferty, has garnered much media attention with a ground-breaking speech about health care. But her words contain interesting echoes of President Bartlet's...  more
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    SeasonThe West Wing Season 2

    Episode Number6

    SeriesThe West Wing

    "The Lame Duck Congress" is the 28th episode of The West Wing which aired November 8, 2000, the day following the 2000 United States Presidential election....  more