Subtitle: …and, like, 9 others that I couldn’t bear to not name.
Do you follow me on Twitter? If so, I’m sorry. If not, congratulations! You’ve made at least one good life decision!
Anyway, if you do follow me on Twitter, you likely know of my love for “The West Wing.” Actually, “love” probably isn’t a strong enough word. Infatuation? Obsession? Undying devotion? Something along those lines. I just really, really like it, okay? I’ve seen every episode more times than I care to admit, could carry on entire conversations using only quotes from the show, and may or may not have made several rather significant life decisions based in whole or in part on The West Wing.* Sometimes I get drunk and trick my Twitter followers into allowing me to tweet random West Wing quotes at them. Most nights I fall asleep watching an episode on Netflix that I pick using a random number generator. (By the way, did you know The West Wing is on Netflix now? It was Netflix’s Christmas gift to all of humanity. So, no excuses. You should go watch it.)
One night a few weeks ago, I wound up tweeting something about The West Wing, and @the20thmaine (great follow, with one of my all-time favorite Twitter handles) said he’d be interested in knowing what my “Top 5 West Wing episodes” list would look like. Instead of just answering with a list like a normal person might, I decided I wanted to make a full blog post out of this, because (a) I really love writing about The West Wing, and (b) as Aaron Sorkin taught me, “anyone who uses one word when they could have used ten just isn’t trying hard.”
But then when I started making a Top 5 list, there were just SO MANY great episodes, I couldn’t bring myself to just name five. So what this actually is is a Top 5 list with a few honorable mentions. I mean, I eventually get to the actual Top 5. It just takes a while. So bear with me. Without further ado, the list!