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The Best West Wing Episodes  

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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 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.

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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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In Excelsis Deo is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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Somebody's Going to Emergency,... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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20 Hours in America (1) is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Game On is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Let Bartlet Be Bartlet is listed (or ranked) 10 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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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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And It's Surely to Their Credi... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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18th and Potomac is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Posse Comitatus is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Shutdown is listed (or ranked) 15 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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What Kind of Day Has It Been is listed (or ranked) 16 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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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 II is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Noël is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
BSRS added Dec 20 2000
"Noël" is the 10th episode of the second season The West Wing.
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Election Day Part I is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Commencement is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Take This Sabbath Day is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
BSRS added The Supremes Mar 24 2004
Jed and the staff vet potential Supreme Court appointees; Toby and Andy don't see eye-to-eye on her fact-finding trip to the Middle East; Donna's parents are the unlikely inspiration for the ...more
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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best West Wing Episodes
BSRS added Life on Mars Apr 30 2003
On his first day at work, Joe Quincy pieces together three news leaks and uncovers a scandal which forces Hoynes to resign.