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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The West Wing'

Updated May 18, 2020 668 votes 165 voters 10.2k views7 items

This list features the best seasons of The West Wing, listed from best to worst with pictures of season posters when available. Fans may debate which season of The West Wing is the best, but each installment of the political drama series features memorable episodes. Some The West Wing seasons focus on the Bartlet administration's legislative agenda and other good seasons explore the President's multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

This list of The West Wing seasons has been voted on by fans from all over the world, helping to decide once and for all which collection of episodes starring Martin Sheen, John Spencer, and Bradley Whitford are the best. Season One found Bartlet deciding his presidential approach and later seasons highlighted issues at home and abroad.

Which The West Wing season is the best? Help us decide by giving your favorite The West Wing season a vote up. And make sure to check out these other great political dramas if you're looking for more shows like The West Wing.

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    The second season of The West Wing premiered on October 4, 2000, and contains 22 episodes. This season uses flashbacks to look at Bartlet's campaign for the presidency.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "The Lame Duck Congress"," "Noël," and "Two Cathedrals."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Bartlet shares the news of his health with staff.
    • A nuclear treaty ties up Congress.
    • Bartlet has to make a decision about a second term.
    Was this a great season?
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    The first season of The West Wing premiered on September 22, 1999, and contains 22 episodes. This season focuses on the administration of President Bartlet.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Pilot," "Let Bartlet Be Barlet," and "What Kind of Day Has It Been."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Bartlet celebrates Christmas at the White House.
    • Bartlet commits to fight for what's right even if a loss is all but guaranteed.
    • Gunmen attack the presidential motorcade.
    Was this a great season?
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    The third season of The West Wing premiered on October 10, 2001, and contains 21 episodes. This season still focuses on the health of Bartlet and the country.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Ways and Means," "On the Day Before," and "Posse Comitatus."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Bartlet runs for re-election.
    • C.J. receives a death threat.
    • Bartlet deals with a known terrorist.
    Was this a great season?
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    The fourth season of The West Wing premiered on September 25, 2002, and contains 23 episodes. This season still focuses on Bartlet's political future.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "20 Hours in America," "Life on Mars," and "Twenty Five."

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

    • Vice President Hoynes steps down.
    • Zoey is taken hostage.
    • President Bartlet invokes the 25th Amendment.
    Was this a great season?