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The Best West Wing Episodes

Updated May 18, 2020 2.5k votes 357 voters 8.5k 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

    May 16 2001
    On the day of Mrs. Landingham's funeral, the staff deals with a Haitian presidential crisis...  more
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    While the staff awaits news regarding the injuries to Jed and Josh, they recall how Josh,...  more
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    With the accomplice in custody, it's revealed that the intended target was Charlie, not...  more
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    17 People

    Apr 04 2001
    Toby, suspicious that there's something going on with the President, finds out about Bartlet's...  more
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    Toby and Sam travel to Connecticut to get Roberto Mendoza released from jail; Josh must run a...  more
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    In Excelsis Deo

    Dec 15 1999
    Toby tries to arrange a proper funeral for a homeless veteran; Josh and Sam try to set up a...  more
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    Mandy's old memo about Bartlet administration weaknesses surfaces; Josh tries to get...  more
  • 8
    It's Big Block of Cheese Day again. Toby meets with World Trade Organization protesters, and...  more
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    20 Hours in America (1)

    Sep 25 2002
    Toby, Josh, and Donna learn the hard way about the lack of accessible public transportation in...  more
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    Pilot

    Sep 22 1999
    "Pilot" is the first episode of the American serial drama The West Wing....  more
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    Leo tries to make Ainsley's arrival as painless as possible, despite resistance from her new...  more
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    Posse Comitatus

    May 22 2002
    Bartlet continues to struggle over the wisdom of assassinating the terrorist Qumari defense...  more
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    The Supremes

    Mar 24 2004
    Jed and the staff vet potential Supreme Court appointees; Toby and Andy don't see eye-to-eye...
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    Noël

    Dec 20 2000
    "Noël" is the 10th episode of the second season The West Wing....  more
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    Game On

    Oct 30 2002
    Bartlet, Leo, Josh, Sam and C.J. pull a practical joke on Toby; Sam's mission to end the Wilde...  more
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    18th and Potomac

    May 09 2001
    The staff prepares for the worst as they make arrangements for the public announcement of the...  more
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    Shutdown

    Nov 19 2003
    Jed's decision not to be held hostage by Haffley shuts down the federal government; unable to...
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    The staff deals with the crisis of an American pilot who was shot down in Iraq; Toby's brother...  more
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    The Crackpots and These Women

    Oct 20 1999
    The staffers spend the day ("Big Block of Cheese day") dealing with private organizations, aka...  more
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    Abbey is in New Hamphire with Liz Bartlet-Westin and they are awaiting the results of Doug...  more
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    The White House is locked down after a gunman on the street fires shots into the West Wing;...  more
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    Election Day Part I

    Apr 02 2006
    Election Day finally arrives, and between analyzing exit polls, and mulling over news reports,...
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    After the Supreme Court refuses to stay the execution of a convicted murderer, Bartlet has...  more
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    Life on Mars

    Apr 30 2003
    On his first day at work, Joe Quincy pieces together three news leaks and uncovers a scandal...
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    Guns Not Butter

    Jan 08 2003
    Josh, determined to make sure a foreign aid bill passes even though it's a hopeless cause,...  more