Before the worlds of Scandal and House of Cards became household familiarities, Aaron Sorkin’s political drama, The West Wing, followed the lives of the President of the United States, his staff, and the inner workings of the Bartlet White House for seven seasons. The morning of August 25, star Bradley Whitford (Joshua Lyman) revealed to TODAY that the cast is reuniting for a special presentation of the episode “Hartsfield Landing” on HBO Max this fall. According to TODAY, the reunion episode will raise money benefiting Michelle Obama’s organization When We All Vote, which aims to increase participation in the 2020 Election.
Though all 156 episodes of the show are golden content, here are some moments you need to stream in preparation of this election cycle:
- When you’re ready to rock the vote
Ready to vote? So is White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney). Catch her pumping up the crowd with the Barenaked Ladies in this very 2000’s moment.
- When you’re researching the electoral college
Learn about mid-term elections and presidential polling, and enjoy a drink on the stoop in this classic Season 2 episode.
- When you’re watching the campaign trail
When half of the main cast gets left behind on the Bartlet campaign trail, plenty of insanity, dramatic pauses and time changes ensue.
- When it’s debate night
Prep for your debate watching party by watching President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and his opponent Rob Ritchie (James Brolin) go head to head in fiery debate.
- When you need an escape from politics
Sick of the news cycle? Jump into the “will they, won’t they” relationship of Deputy White House Chief of Staff Joshua Lyman (Bradley Whitford) and his assistant Donatella Moss (Janel Moloney). Be sure to grab the tissues!
- When Thanksgiving rolls around
Avoid touchy subjects at the Thanksgiving dinner table by watching C.J. struggle (and fail) to choose between two turkeys for the presidential pardon ceremony.
- When you’re looking for encouragement
On the eve of his second Inauguration, President Bartlet delivers some of his infamous wisdom in the form of Margaret Mead quote that never fails to inspire.
- When it’s Election Day
In the series finale, the Bartlet Administration says goodbye to the White House in this episode all about transition and hope for the future.
The West Wing is currently streaming on Netlfix.