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List Rules The 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, 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.
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Two Cathedrals is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
May 16 2001 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

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In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, P... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Oct 04 2000 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 ...more

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In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, P... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Oct 04 2000 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 ...more

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17 People is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Apr 04 2001 Toby, suspicious that there's something going on with the President, finds out about Bartlet's MS and informs Leo of the legal ramifications; Josh and Donna disagree about the date of their ...more

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Let Bartlet Be Bartlet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Apr 26 2000 Mandy's old memo about Bartlet administration weaknesses surfaces; Josh tries to get administration nominees appointed to the Federal Elections Committee; Sam works to get a better policy on ...more

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Celestial Navigation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Feb 16 2000 Toby and Sam travel to Connecticut to get Roberto Mendoza released from jail; Josh must run a press briefing when C.J. has an emergency root canal.

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In Excelsis Deo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Dec 15 1999 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 ...more

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Game On is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Oct 30 2002 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 ...more

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20 Hours in America (1) is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Sep 25 2002 Toby, Josh, and Donna learn the hard way about the lack of accessible public transportation in the heartland when they spend a long day trying to get back to Washington after the motorcade ...more

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Somebody's Going to Emergency,... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Feb 28 2001 It's Big Block of Cheese Day again. Toby meets with World Trade Organization protesters, and CJ meets with a group of cartographers who want the standards for maps changed to be a more accurate ...more

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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Sep 22 1999 "Pilot" is the first episode of the American serial drama The West Wing.

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Posse Comitatus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
May 22 2002 Bartlet continues to struggle over the wisdom of assassinating the terrorist Qumari defense minister; after Ritchie declines to meet Bartlet, Sam and Toby play a dirty trick; as the search for ...more

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What Kind of Day Has It Been is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
May 17 2000 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 ...more

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18th and Potomac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
May 09 2001 The staff prepares for the worst as they make arrangements for the public announcement of the President's condition; Sam and Babish grill Abbey about her medical treatment of the President's MS; ...more

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And It's Surely to Their Credi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Nov 01 2000 Leo tries to make Ainsley's arrival as painless as possible, despite resistance from her new boss and several other White House staffers; Donna helps with the President's weekly radio address; ...more

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Shutdown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Nov 19 2003 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 ...more

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The Crackpots and These Women is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Oct 20 1999 The staffers spend the day ("Big Block of Cheese day") dealing with private organizations, aka the crackpots. Throughout the day, Sam deals with a UFO nut, CJ gets a proposal to build ...more

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Evidence of Things Not Seen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Apr 23 2003 The White House is locked down after a gunman on the street fires shots into the West Wing; Josh interviews a candidate to replace Ainsley Hayes; Bartlet negotiates for the return of a spy plane ...more

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Election Day Part I is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Apr 02 2006 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 ...more

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Take This Sabbath Day is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Feb 09 2000 After the Supreme Court refuses to stay the execution of a convicted murderer, Bartlet has forty-eight hours to decide whether or not to commute the sentence; Josh faces off with Joey Lucas ...more

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Commencement is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
May 07 2003 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 ...more

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Election Day, Part II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Apr 09 2006 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 ...more

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Isaac and Ishmael is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Oct 03 2001 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.

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Inauguration, Part I is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Feb 05 2003 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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20 Hours in L. A. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Feb 23 2000 Bartlet and the senior staff fly to California to attend an important fundraiser; Hoynes must decide whether he will support Bartlet's stance or go with his convictions when the Senate is ...more

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Manchester: Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Oct 17 2001 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 ...more

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The Debate is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Nov 06 2005 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 ...more

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The U.S. Poet Laureate is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Mar 27 2002 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 ...more

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Manchester Part I is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
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 ...more

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No Exit is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Apr 28 2004 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. ...more

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The Lame Duck Congress is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Nov 08 2000 "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.

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In God We Trust is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Mar 23 2005 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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Drought Conditions is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Feb 23 2005 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 ...more

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Guns Not Butter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Jan 08 2003 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, ...more

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The California 47th is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
Feb 19 2003 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 ...more