5 Best ‘West Wing’ Episodes

Even President Bartlet would approve of the 5 best "West Wing" episodes. "The West Wing" was a television drama that revolved around the lives of the staffers of the west wing of the White House, lead by President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet (Martin Sheen). The show ran for a total of seven seasons, from 1996 to 2006.

  1. "Two Cathedrals" (Season 2, Episode 22): The death of Mrs. Landingham (Kathryn Joosten), President Bartlet's executive secretary, was a surprise to viewers, and we are treated to memories of her as her funeral nears. Meanwhile, a crisis occurs in Haiti and Congressional Democrats are raising serious questions about the president's health. Inspired by Mrs. Landingham's belief in him as a child, Barlet decides to run for reelection even though doing so may be difficult due to his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
  2. "100,000 Airplanes" (Season 3, Episode 11): While preparing for President Bartlet's crucial State of the Union speech, which must succeed if he hopes to be reelected, the staffers are dealt a enormous challenge: Bartlet wants a section promising a campaign to cure cancer within ten years added. Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe), the point man for the speech, knows the overreach is typical of a president, but struggles with the wording, believing the pledge to be political suicide. Having to deal with his reporter ex-finance, Lisa Sherborne (Traylor Howard), makes the situation all the more difficult for Seaborn.
  3. "What Kind of Day Has it Been?" (Season 1, Episode 22): The season one finale, the plot of this episode revolves around an attempted rescue of a U.S. pilot shot down in Iraq and the president's preparation for a town hall style meeting in Virginia. Although the meeting goes well, the staff's exit left the viewers stunned. As the president and his aides leave the hall, a young male unleashes a hail of gunfire, leaving us to wonder, "Who was shot?"  
  4. "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" (Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2): Aired as a two-part episode, In the Shadow of Two Gunmen deals with the aftermath of attempted assassination of President Bartlet. Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford), the Deputy White House Chief of Staff, was also shot. While anxiously awaiting the fate of both characters, the audience got to see, for the first time, how various characters ended up on Bartlet's staff, courtesy of flashbacks from the worried staffers.
  5. "Tomorrow" (Season 7, Episode 22): The series finale opens with a glimpse of the day's start for all characters in the show. This is the final day of President Bartlet's administration, with the new president set to be inaugurated later on. The episode provided tender moments as the staff lives out their final day in the White House, but many of the moments are also bittersweet, with long-time Press Secretary C.J. Gregg (Allison Janney) answering "No" when two tourists ask her if she works there.  
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