List of The West Wing episodes

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The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that aired on NBC from September 22, 1999 to May 14, 2006. There are 154 regular season episodes, plus the special episodes "Isaac and Ishmael" and "Documentary Special".

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 22 September 22, 1999 (1999-09-22) May 17, 2000 (2000-05-17)
2 22 October 4, 2000 (2000-10-04) May 16, 2001 (2001-05-16)
3 21 + 2 specials October 3, 2001 (2001-10-03) May 22, 2002 (2002-05-22)
4 23 September 25, 2002 (2002-09-25) May 14, 2003 (2003-05-14)
5 22 September 24, 2003 (2003-09-24) May 19, 2004 (2004-05-19)
6 22 October 20, 2004 (2004-10-20) April 6, 2005 (2005-04-06)
7 22 September 25, 2005 (2005-09-25) May 14, 2006 (2006-05-14)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1999–2000)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 1 "Pilot" Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin September 22, 1999 (1999-09-22) 475151
2 2 "Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc" Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin September 29, 1999 (1999-09-29) 225901
3 3 "A Proportional Response" Marc Buckland Aaron Sorkin October 6, 1999 (1999-10-06) 225902
4 4 "Five Votes Down" Michael Lehmann Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr. and Patrick Caddell
October 13, 1999 (1999-10-13) 225903
5 5 "The Crackpots and These Women" Anthony Drazan Aaron Sorkin October 20, 1999 (1999-10-20) 225904
6 6 "Mr. Willis of Ohio" Christopher Misiano Aaron Sorkin November 3, 1999 (1999-11-03) 225905
7 7 "The State Dinner" Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin & Paul Redford November 10, 1999 (1999-11-10) 225906
8 8 "Enemies" Alan Taylor Teleplay: Ron Osborn & Jeff Reno
Story: Rick Cleveland, Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr. & Patrick Caddell
November 17, 1999 (1999-11-17) 225907
9 9 "The Short List" Bill D'Elia Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin & Patrick Caddell
Story: Aaron Sorkin & Dee Dee Myers
November 24, 1999 (1999-11-24) 225908
10 10 "In Excelsis Deo" Alex Graves Aaron Sorkin & Rick Cleveland December 15, 1999 (1999-12-15) 225909
11 11 "Lord John Marbury" Kevin Rodney Sullivan Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin & Patrick Caddell
Story: Patrick Caddell & Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr.
January 5, 2000 (2000-01-05) 225910
12 12 "He Shall, from Time to Time..." Arlene Sanford Aaron Sorkin January 12, 2000 (2000-01-12) 225911
13 13 "Take out the Trash Day" Ken Olin Aaron Sorkin January 26, 2000 (2000-01-26) 225912
14 14 "Take This Sabbath Day" Thomas Schlamme Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr. & Paul Redford and Aaron Sorkin
February 9, 2000 (2000-02-09) 225913
15 15 "Celestial Navigation" Christopher Misiano Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Dee Dee Myers & Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr.
February 16, 2000 (2000-02-16) 225914
16 16 "20 Hours in L.A." Alan Taylor Aaron Sorkin February 23, 2000 (2000-02-23) 225915
17 17 "The White House Pro-Am" Ken Olin Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr. & Paul Redford and Aaron Sorkin March 22, 2000 (2000-03-22) 225916
18 18 "Six Meetings Before Lunch" Clark Johnson Aaron Sorkin April 5, 2000 (2000-04-05) 225917
19 19 "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet" Laura Innes Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Peter Parnell and Patrick Caddell
April 26, 2000 (2000-04-26) 225918
20 20 "Mandatory Minimums" Robert Berlinger Aaron Sorkin May 3, 2000 (2000-05-03) 225919
21 21 "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics" Don Scardino Aaron Sorkin May 10, 2000 (2000-05-10) 225920
22 22 "What Kind of Day Has It Been" Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin May 17, 2000 (2000-05-17) 225921

Season 2 (2000–01)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
23–24 1–2 "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin October 4, 2000 (2000-10-04) 226201–226202
25 3 "The Midterms" Alex Graves Aaron Sorkin October 18, 2000 (2000-10-18) 226203
26 4 "In This White House" Ken Olin Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Peter Parnell & Allison Abner
October 25, 2000 (2000-10-25) 226204
27 5 "And It's Surely to Their Credit" Christopher Misiano Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Kevin Falls & Laura Glasser
November 1, 2000 (2000-11-01) 226205
28 6 "The Lame Duck Congress" Jeremy Kagan Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr.
November 8, 2000 (2000-11-08) 226206
29 7 "The Portland Trip" Paris Barclay Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Paul Redford
November 15, 2000 (2000-11-15) 226207
30 8 "Shibboleth" Laura Innes Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Patrick Caddell
November 22, 2000 (2000-11-22) 226208
31 9 "Galileo" Alex Graves Aaron Sorkin and Kevin Falls November 29, 2000 (2000-11-29) 226209
32 10 "Noël" Thomas Schlamme Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Peter Parnell
December 20, 2000 (2000-12-20) 226210
33 11 "The Leadership Breakfast" Scott Winant Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Paul Redford
January 10, 2001 (2001-01-10) 226211
34 12 "The Drop-In" Lou Antonio Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr.
January 24, 2001 (2001-01-24) 226212
35 13 "Bartlet's Third State of the Union" Christopher Misiano Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Allison Abner & Dee Dee Myers
February 7, 2001 (2001-02-07) 226213
36 14 "The War at Home" Christopher Misiano Aaron Sorkin February 14, 2001 (2001-02-14) 226214
37 15 "Ellie" Michael Engler Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Kevin Falls & Laura Glasser
February 21, 2001 (2001-02-21) 226215
38 16 "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail" Jessica Yu Paul Redford & Aaron Sorkin February 28, 2001 (2001-02-28) 226216
39 17 "The Stackhouse Filibuster" Bryan Gordon Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Pete McCabe
March 14, 2001 (2001-03-14) 226217
40 18 "17 People" Alex Graves Aaron Sorkin April 4, 2001 (2001-04-04) 226218
41 19 "Bad Moon Rising" Bill Johnson Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Felicia Wilson
April 25, 2001 (2001-04-25) 226219
42 20 "The Fall's Gonna Kill You" Christopher Misiano Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Patrick Caddell
May 2, 2001 (2001-05-02) 226220
43 21 "18th and Potomac" Robert Berlinger Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr.
May 9, 2001 (2001-05-09) 226221
44 22 "Two Cathedrals" Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin May 16, 2001 (2001-05-16) 226222

Season 3 (2001–02)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
45 1 "Manchester (Part I)" Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin October 10, 2001 (2001-10-10) 227201
46 2 "Manchester (Part II)" Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin October 17, 2001 (2001-10-17) 227202
47 3 "Ways and Means" Alex Graves Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Eli Attie & Gene Sperling
October 24, 2001 (2001-10-24) 227203
48 4 "On the Day Before" Christopher Misiano Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Paul Redford & Nanda Chitre
October 31, 2001 (2001-10-31) 227204
49 5 "War Crimes" Alex Graves Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Allison Abner
November 7, 2001 (2001-11-07) 227205
50 6 "Gone Quiet" Jon Hutman Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Julia Dahl & Laura Glasser
November 14, 2001 (2001-11-14) 227207
51 7 "The Indians in the Lobby" Paris Barclay Teleplay: Allison Abner & Kevin Falls and Aaron Sorkin
Story: Allison Abner
November 21, 2001 (2001-11-21) 227208
52 8 "The Women of Qumar" Alex Graves Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Felicia Wilson & Laura Glasser & Julia Dahl
November 28, 2001 (2001-11-28) 227209
53 9 "Bartlet for America" Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin December 12, 2001 (2001-12-12) 227210
54 10 "H. Con-172" Vincent Misiano Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Eli Attie
January 9, 2002 (2002-01-09) 227211
55 11 "100,000 Airplanes" David Nutter Aaron Sorkin January 16, 2002 (2002-01-16) 227212
56 12 "The Two Bartlets" Alex Graves Teleplay: Kevin Falls and Aaron Sorkin
Story: Gene Sperling
January 30, 2002 (2002-01-30) 227213
57 13 "Night Five" Christopher Misiano Aaron Sorkin February 6, 2002 (2002-02-06) 227214
58 14 "Hartsfield's Landing" Vincent Misiano Aaron Sorkin February 27, 2002 (2002-02-27) 227215
59 15 "Dead Irish Writers" Alex Graves Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Paul Redford
March 6, 2002 (2002-03-06) 227216
60 16 "The U.S. Poet Laureate" Christopher Misiano Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Laura Glasser
March 27, 2002 (2002-03-27) 227217
61 17 "Stirred" Jeremy Kagan Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin & Eli Attie
Story: Dee Dee Myers
April 3, 2002 (2002-04-03) 227218
62 18 "Enemies Foreign and Domestic" Alex Graves Paul Redford and Aaron Sorkin May 1, 2002 (2002-05-01) 227219
63 19 "The Black Vera Wang" Christopher Misiano Aaron Sorkin May 8, 2002 (2002-05-08) 227220
64 20 "We Killed Yamamoto" Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin May 15, 2002 (2002-05-15) 227221
65 21 "Posse Comitatus" Alex Graves Aaron Sorkin May 22, 2002 (2002-05-22) 227222

Season 4 (2002–03)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
66–67 1–2 "20 Hours in America" Christopher Misiano Aaron Sorkin September 25, 2002 (2002-09-25) 175301–175302
68 3 "College Kids" Alex Graves Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Debora Cahn and Mark Goffman
October 2, 2002 (2002-10-02) 175303
69 4 "The Red Mass" Vincent Misiano Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Eli Attie
October 9, 2002 (2002-10-09) 175304
70 5 "Debate Camp" Paris Barclay Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: William Sind & Michael Oates Palmer
October 16, 2002 (2002-10-16) 175305
71 6 "Game On" Alex Graves Aaron Sorkin & Paul Redford October 30, 2002 (2002-10-30) 175306
72 7 "Election Night" Lesli Linka Glatter Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: David Gerken and David Handelman
November 6, 2002 (2002-11-06) 175308
73 8 "Process Stories" Christopher Misiano Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Paula Yoo & Lauren Schmidt
November 13, 2002 (2002-11-13) 175309
74 9 "Swiss Diplomacy" Christopher Misiano Kevin Falls & Eli Attie November 20, 2002 (2002-11-20) 175307
75 10 "Arctic Radar" John David Coles Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Gene Sperling
November 27, 2002 (2002-11-27) 175310
76 11 "Holy Night" Thomas Schlamme Aaron Sorkin December 11, 2002 (2002-12-11) 175311
77 12 "Guns Not Butter" Bill D'Elia Eli Attie & Kevin Falls and Aaron Sorkin January 8, 2003 (2003-01-08) 175312
78 13 "The Long Goodbye" Alex Graves Jon Robin Baitz January 15, 2003 (2003-01-15) 175313
79 14 "Inauguration: Part I" Christopher Misiano Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Michael Oates Palmer & William Sind
February 5, 2003 (2003-02-05) 175314
80 15 "Inauguration: Over There" Lesli Linka Glatter Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: David Gerken & Gene Sperling
February 12, 2003 (2003-02-12) 175315
81 16 "The California 47th" Vincent Misiano Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Lauren Schmidt & Paula Yoo
February 19, 2003 (2003-02-19) 175316
82 17 "Red Haven's on Fire" Alex Graves Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Mark Goffman & Debora Cahn
February 26, 2003 (2003-02-26) 175317
83 18 "Privateers" Alex Graves Teleplay: Paul Redford & Debora Cahn and Aaron Sorkin
Story: Paul Redford & Debora Cahn
March 26, 2003 (2003-03-26) 175318
84 19 "Angel Maintenance" Jessica Yu Teleplay: Eli Attie and Aaron Sorkin
Story: Eli Attie & Kevin Falls
April 2, 2003 (2003-04-02) 175320
85 20 "Evidence of Things Not Seen" Christopher Misiano Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Eli Attie & David Handelman
April 23, 2003 (2003-04-23) 175319
86 21 "Life on Mars" John David Coles Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin
Story: Paul Redford & Dee Dee Myers
April 30, 2003 (2003-04-30) 175321
87 22 "Commencement" Alex Graves Aaron Sorkin May 7, 2003 (2003-05-07) 175322
88 23 "Twenty Five" Christopher Misiano Aaron Sorkin May 14, 2003 (2003-05-14) 175323

Season 5 (2003–04)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
89 1 "7A WF 83429" Alex Graves John Wells September 24, 2003 (2003-09-24) 176051
90 2 "The Dogs of War" Christopher Misiano John Wells October 1, 2003 (2003-10-01) 176052
91 3 "Jefferson Lives" Alex Graves Teleplay: Carol Flint
Story: Carol Flint & Debora Cahn
October 8, 2003 (2003-10-08) 176053
92 4 "Han" Christopher Misiano Teleplay: Peter Noah
Story: Peter Noah & Mark Goffman and Paula Yoo
October 22, 2003 (2003-10-22) 176054
93 5 "Constituency of One" Laura Innes Teleplay: Eli Attie
Story: Eli Attie and Michael Oates Palmer
October 29, 2003 (2003-10-29) 176055
94 6 "Disaster Relief" Lesli Linka Glatter Teleplay: Alexa Junge
Story: Alexa Junge & Lauren Schmidt
November 5, 2003 (2003-11-05) 176056
95 7 "Separation of Powers" Alex Graves Paul Redford November 12, 2003 (2003-11-12) 176057
96 8 "Shutdown" Christopher Misiano Mark Goffman November 19, 2003 (2003-11-19) 176058
97 9 "Abu el Banat" Lesli Linka Glatter Debora Cahn December 3, 2003 (2003-12-03) 176059
98 10 "The Stormy Present" Alex Graves Teleplay: John Sacret Young
Story: John Sacret Young & Josh Singer
January 7, 2004 (2004-01-07) 176060
99 11 "The Benign Prerogative" Christopher Misiano Carol Flint January 14, 2004 (2004-01-14) 176061
100 12 "Slow News Day" Julie Hébert Eli Attie February 4, 2004 (2004-02-04) 176062
101 13 "The Warfare of Genghis Khan" Bill D'Elia Peter Noah February 11, 2004 (2004-02-11) 176063
102 14 "An Khe" Alex Graves John Wells February 18, 2004 (2004-02-18) 176064
103 15 "Full Disclosure" Lesli Linka Glatter Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr. February 25, 2004 (2004-02-25) 176065
104 16 "Eppur Si Muove" Llewellyn Wells Alexa Junge March 3, 2004 (2004-03-03) 176066
105 17 "The Supremes" Jessica Yu Debora Cahn March 24, 2004 (2004-03-24) 176067
106 18 "Access" Alex Graves Lauren Schmidt March 31, 2004 (2004-03-31) 176068
107 19 "Talking Points" Richard Schiff Eli Attie April 21, 2004 (2004-04-21) 176069
108 20 "No Exit" Julie Hébert Teleplay: Carol Flint & Debora Cahn
Story: Carol Flint & Mark Goffman
April 28, 2004 (2004-04-28) 176072
109 21 "Gaza" Christopher Misiano Peter Noah May 12, 2004 (2004-05-12) 176070
110 22 "Memorial Day" Christopher Misiano John Sacret Young & Josh Singer May 19, 2004 (2004-05-19) 176071

Season 6 (2004–05)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
111 1 "NSF Thurmont" Alex Graves John Wells October 20, 2004 (2004-10-20) 2T5001 12.27[1]
112 2 "The Birnam Wood" Alex Graves John Wells October 27, 2004 (2004-10-27) 2T5002 12.07[2]
113 3 "Third-Day Story" Christopher Misiano Eli Attie November 3, 2004 (2004-11-03) 2T5003 13.82[3]
114 4 "Liftoff" Alex Graves Debora Cahn November 10, 2004 (2004-11-10) 2T5004 15.26[4]
115 5 "The Hubbert Peak" Julie Hébert Peter Noah November 17, 2004 (2004-11-17) 2T5005 12.41[5]
116 6 "The Dover Test" Laura Innes Carol Flint November 24, 2004 (2004-11-24) 2T5006 11.76[6]
117 7 "A Change Is Gonna Come" Vincent Misiano Teleplay: John Sacret Young & Josh Singer
Story: John Sacret Young
December 1, 2004 (2004-12-01) 2T5007 13.28[7]
118 8 "In the Room" Alex Graves Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr. December 8, 2004 (2004-12-08) 2T5008 12.33[8]
119 9 "Impact Winter" Lesli Linka Glatter Debora Cahn December 15, 2004 (2004-12-15) 2T5009 12.53[9]
120 10 "Faith Based Initiative" Christopher Misiano Bradley Whitford January 5, 2005 (2005-01-05) 2T5010 11.74[10]
121 11 "Opposition Research" Christopher Misiano Eli Attie January 12, 2005 (2005-01-12) 2T5011 11.88[11]
122 12 "365 Days" Andrew Bernstein Mark Goffman January 19, 2005 (2005-01-19) 2T5012 10.92[12]
123 13 "King Corn" Alex Graves John Wells January 26, 2005 (2005-01-26) 2T5013 10.69[13]
124 14 "The Wake Up Call" Laura Innes Josh Singer February 9, 2005 (2005-02-09) 2T5014 9.62[14]
125 15 "Freedonia" Christopher Misiano Eli Attie February 16, 2005 (2005-02-16) 2T5015 10.17[15]
126 16 "Drought Conditions" Alex Graves Debora Cahn February 23, 2005 (2005-02-23) 2T5016 9.93[16]
127 17 "A Good Day" Richard Schiff Carol Flint March 2, 2005 (2005-03-02) 2T5017 10.66[17]
128 18 "La Palabra" Jason Ensler Eli Attie March 9, 2005 (2005-03-09) 2T5018 10.10[18]
129 19 "Ninety Miles Away" Rod Holcomb John Sacret Young March 16, 2005 (2005-03-16) 2T5019 9.75[19]
130 20 "In God We Trust" Christopher Misiano Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr. March 23, 2005 (2005-03-23) 2T5020 8.96[20]
131 21 "Things Fall Apart" Nelson McCormick Peter Noah March 30, 2005 (2005-03-30) 2T5021 9.88[21]
132 22 "2162 Votes" Alex Graves John Wells April 6, 2005 (2005-04-06) 2T5022 11.62[22]

Season 7 (2005–06)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
133 1 "The Ticket" Christopher Misiano Debora Cahn September 25, 2005 (2005-09-25) 2T6201 8.90[23]
134 2 "The Mommy Problem" Alex Graves Eli Attie October 2, 2005 (2005-10-02) 2T6202 7.66[24]
135 3 "Message of the Week" Christopher Misiano Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr. October 9, 2005 (2005-10-09) 2T6203 7.95[25]
136 4 "Mr. Frost" Andrew Bernstein Alex Graves October 16, 2005 (2005-10-16) 2T6204 8.15[26]
137 5 "Here Today" Alex Graves Peter Noah October 23, 2005 (2005-10-23) 2T6205 7.85[27]
138 6 "The Al Smith Dinner" Lesli Linka Glatter Eli Attie October 30, 2005 (2005-10-30) 2T6206 8.51[28]
139 7 "The Debate" Alex Graves Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr. November 6, 2005 (2005-11-06) 2T6207 9.58[29]
140 8 "Undecideds" Christopher Misiano Debora Cahn December 4, 2005 (2005-12-04) 2T6208 7.26[30]
141 9 "The Wedding" Max Mayer Josh Singer December 11, 2005 (2005-12-11) 2T6209 8.13[31]
142 10 "Running Mates" Paul McCrane Peter Noah January 8, 2006 (2006-01-08) 2T6210 11.74[32]
143 11 "Internal Displacement" Andrew Bernstein Bradley Whitford January 15, 2006 (2006-01-15) 2T6211 6.36[33]
144 12 "Duck and Cover" Christopher Misiano Eli Attie January 22, 2006 (2006-01-22) 2T6212 7.71[34]
145 13 "The Cold" Alex Graves Teleplay: Debora Cahn
Story: Debora Cahn & Lauren Schmidt
March 12, 2006 (2006-03-12) 2T6213 7.02[35]
146 14 "Two Weeks Out" Laura Innes Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr. March 19, 2006 (2006-03-19) 2T6214 8.07[36]
147 15 "Welcome to Wherever You Are" Matia Karrell Josh Singer March 26, 2006 (2006-03-26) 2T6215 7.90[37]
148 16 "Election Day Part I" Mimi Leder Lauren Schmidt April 2, 2006 (2006-04-02) 2T6216 7.27[38]
149 17 "Election Day Part II" Christopher Misiano Eli Attie & John Wells April 9, 2006 (2006-04-09) 2T6217 8.39[39]
150 18 "Requiem" Steve Shill Eli Attie, Debora Cahn & John Wells April 16, 2006 (2006-04-16) 2T6218 8.29[40]
151 19 "Transition" Nelson McCormick Peter Noah April 23, 2006 (2006-04-23) 2T6219 8.42[41]
152 20 "The Last Hurrah" Tim Matheson Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr. April 30, 2006 (2006-04-30) 2T6220 8.34[42]
153 21 "Institutional Memory" Lesli Linka Glatter Debora Cahn May 7, 2006 (2006-05-07) 2T6221 7.94[43]
154 22 "Tomorrow" Christopher Misiano John Wells May 14, 2006 (2006-05-14) 2T6222 10.11[44]

Specials[edit]

Two special episodes were produced to complement the series and broadcast on NBC. The first was a terrorism-themed episode produced in the wake of the September 11 attacks. The episode pushed the scheduled season premiere back a week and encouraged viewers to donate to charity—profits from the episode and cast members' weekly pay were also donated.[45] The episode "was written and produced in record time" – less than three weeks.[45][46] Although timely and well-intentioned, the episode was criticized for being condescending and preachy.[46]

The second special interspersed the characters' fictional lives with interviews of real West Wing personnel, including Presidents Ford, Carter and Clinton; press secretaries Marlin Fitzwater and Dee Dee Myers; presidential advisors David Gergen, Paul Begala and incumbent Karl Rove; Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; Chief of Staff Leon Panetta; presidential personal secretary Betty Currie; and speechwriter Peggy Noonan.[47] The documentary won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2002 for "Outstanding Special Class Program".[48] Both episodes ran within the season 3 television season and were included on the season's DVD.[49]

A third retrospective "clip-and-interview" special was slated to air in the hour before the series finale; however, it was axed and replaced with a re-run of the "Pilot" episode, as cast members were not contracted to do the special and there were disputes over pay.[50]

Special
No.
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
Rating/share[nb 1]
S1[52] "Isaac and Ishmael" Christopher Misiano[53] Aaron Sorkin[46] October 3, 2001 (2001-10-03)[46] 227206[52] 18.0/25[54]
S2[55] "Documentary Special" William Couturié[55] Eli Attie, William Couturié & Felicia Willson (interview materials)[55] April 24, 2002 (2002-04-24)[56] 227223[57] 11.7/17[58]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A rating/share represents the percentage of all television households tuned into a program, and the proportion of the television audience viewing a particular show, respectively.[51]

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