June 22nd, 2012
12:13 PM ET

CNNers' favorite "West Wing" moments

What is your favorite moment from NBC’s “The West Wing?”

In an interview with PBS, Aaron Sorkin, the creator of the show, once said that his goal was purely to “captivate you for however long we've asked for your attention.” But in the lead up to “The Newsroom,” Sorkin’s newest show that is set to debut Sunday on HBO, some CNNers began to realize they were still captivated by the fictional portrayal of the building many of us cover on a daily basis, even though “The West Wing” went off the air six years ago.

Do you have a favorite episode, character or moment from “The West Wing?” If so, please share it with us in the comment section below or submit an iReport video including the tag “west_wing.”

Topics: White House

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Tony Short

    Favorite Episodes: Two cathedrals and best scene is the lead up to his announcement to run again, waiting to hear what he will say with Pink Floyd in the background.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • stevensj64

      Tony – I quite agree, but sorry to be pedantic... the song in question is 'Brothers In Arms' by Dire Straits.

      June 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • stevensj64

      I agree Tony... but the song in question was 'Brothers In Arms' by Dire Straits.

      June 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  2. JT

    Final moments of season two finale. Also, when Josh and Donna finally...well...ahem..."express" their true feelings.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  3. Kool-Aid Police

    The show should have been called "The Left Wing". Martin Sheen is a well known hardcore lefty who thinks he can run the world. I think I only stomached 2 episodes of that looney show, it was as far from reality as you can get.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  4. Kool-Aid Police

    You mean "The Left Wing"?

    June 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Kool-Aid man

      OOOOOOHHHHHH YEEEEEEEEEEAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But the best WW moments had nothing to do with politics.

      June 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  5. Redhead Stepchild

    "How do you accidently have sex with a prostitute? Did you fall on her?"

    June 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  6. Fran

    My favorite episode was when Toby got a call at the White House when a homeless guy died. Toby's card was in the overcoast he donated to GoodWill. Toby gets him burial at Arlington [he was a vet] and that is intercut with the White House staff Christmas party to the tune of Little Drummer Boy. I get misty eyed just thinking about it! Fabulous!!

    June 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  7. demwit

    The one that had the President hiding behind executive priviledge even thought he didn't do anything wrong.
    Oh., wait....

    June 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  8. Paul

    Without a doubt Bartlet giving Leo "The Napkin." Beautiful ending to a great episode. Oh, and all the "unaired" moments on @WestWingUnaired (twitter) that we never had a chance to see. 😉

    June 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  9. John

    Given the way they report, CNN thinks this is a reality show.

    June 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  10. Becki

    When Ainsley Hays joined the White House. Some really funny stuff in those first couple episodes. Also it was nice to see the 2 sides learn that they have more in common than they think and that you can agree to disagree and still work together for the common good. Seems like the current group on the Hill could learn a lot from that example.

    June 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  11. James

    When Santos and Russell have a floor fight for the nomination during the DNC. And then when Santos gives his speech and Bartlet throws his support behind Santos. I wish that show could have continued with the Santos Presidency. That could have been great....

    June 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  12. Shawn

    They are all great, but lately its the episodes from West Wing Unaired. https://twitter.com/WestWingUnaired

    June 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  13. Lynsey

    The entire episode called "the Supremes" and how Donna is the one who came up with the idea "the swapity swap"!!! And the scene with the two judges "arguing" and bringing it all together to have a balanced bench!

    June 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
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    June 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • jean2009

      Oh it would be a much better story if it had been a dancing horse.

      June 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  15. Frank Marshall Davis

    My favorite was the one where President Sheen spent a trillion dollars and still the economy went downhill.

    June 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
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      June 23, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  16. bhelder

    I love the episode where a group of students get trapped in the White House due to a security lock down and Josh spends time with them explaining the difference between terrorists and religious Muslims. It was simply a great moment

    June 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  17. jerry

    how about the one where obama and holder authorized the release of 2,000 guns to mexican drug runners and they murdered hundreds of Mexicans and an American boarder patrol agent...so far. Then holder said he knew nothing about it and then he admitted he did and obama said he knew nothing about it and then used executive privilege to keep the 40,000 pages of documents sealed from public view... and then the one where barry..opps I mean Barack made a bunch of stuff up and wrote a biography...hahaha funny, if it were not true that is....

    June 23, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  18. kathryn

    Context: Never watch tv but have it all on dvd (and watched them all 3 times). I am an independent who is a fiscal conservative that usually votes against The Democratic Presidential candidate. Process never gives me anyone to vote for.

    The Santos-Vinick Presidential Debate...If only
    The Supremes...If only
    The Shutdown

    I homeschool my child and use the show to teach the real civics. I thought the show was laudable in presenting other points of view. Also use it to school my child how to analyze bias. Both ways

    June 25, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  19. tibs

    The West Wing was a good show. No Sopranos, but def high quality and enjoyable. I think there are some parallels between Bartlet and Obama. I see them both as very well meaning, not anywhere near malciious. However theres this idea that government can always fix our problems. That no matter the issue, theres always just one more government program that will cure us.

    I find that philosophy to be incredibly destructive. The thought of the crony capitialism and manipulated economy we have is so sad. If we would simply take the recession with some balls, we could save and restructure and look forward to a bright future.

    More freedom is the answer. It always was.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • jean2009

      I would say the most incredibily destructive philosophy is that everything can be solved by another unfunded and lied about war with the goal of fattening up greedy war profiteers. That wouldn't win awards for a cure-all government program.....building infrastructure yes...but in this country not Iraq....health care for the citizens of this country, not paying $950 billion in U.S. taxpayer dollars to give every Iraqi a single payer cradle to grave health care.

      June 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • jean2009

      And the American taxpayer footed the bill.

      I'm glad the president had the balls to save the auto industry.

      June 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  20. jean2009

    Sad but "18th & Potomac" the death of Mrs. Landingham.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm |