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The second season finale is arguably one of the best episodes of television ever created, let alone the best episode of The West Wing.
... the most powerful confrontation on The West Wing, if not television in general.
For all the haters out there who called the Season 1 finale a "cliché," the two-part follow-up that launches the series into Season 2 proves to be an incredible pay-off for viewers
Season two had Ainsley Hayes, "Two Cathedrals," "The Stackhouse Filibuster," "17 People," Bartlett's MS, and Mrs. Landingham. There will be no questions.
It hands us a White House out of a Capra movie, with a folksy, avuncular president whose wisdom appears to be limitless... The West Wing, now in its second year, is nonetheless don't-miss TV.
Remember Ainsley Hayes?... She disappeared - banished to her basement office, no doubt, so that she wouldn't get in the way of The West Wing's myopic, melodramatic self-righteousness, which seems to deepen with each passing week.
It delivered moments of incredible drama and filled compelling storylines with a smart and funny script which was often capable of delivering genuine laugh-out-loud moments.
An entertaining mixture of poignancy, tension, and humor-and a strong reminder that this group is essentially a family.
It's also, for all the melodrama, a Shakespearean expression of doubt, arrogance, guilt, and anger from one of TV's last great non-antiheroes of the century.
The show enters its second season festooned with nine Emmys and - I speak from the heart - deserves another nine.
Audience Reviews for The West Wing: Season 2
Dec 13, 2019The West Wing reaches even loftier heights in the second season, from the fantastic use of flashbacks (season premiere and season finale especially), to the character archs.
Oct 29, 2019My favorite season of the series. The acting is top-notch. Especially, Bradley Whitford's performance in the episode "Noel" which garnered him an Emmy award. Aaron Sorkin's sharp writing is at its finest.
Feb 19, 2019Aaron Sorkin is awesome
Aug 03, 2018What I wish for humans.
Feb 03, 2017Better. Much better. Moira Hill mysteriously disappears, and in her place, we get Emily Procter as a hardcore conservative lawyer with southern hospitality. Following the aftermath of the shooting that ended Season One, gone is any naivety of the nature of politics, and any narrow pity that the directors and writers enforce on us for the characters. We face a group whose responsibilities are far too important to be weighed down by personal drama, no matter what that drama is. The fact that such a lesson follows a shooting is especially effective. And the acting! Wow. They took great advantage of the improved acting. Richard Schiff as communications director Toby Ziegler and Bradley Whitford as deputy chief of staff Josh Lyman are probably the two new standout actors, though Martin Sheen as President Bartlet still reigns supreme. The amount of fear they suppress is challenging to watch, in that we quickly fear what they are feeling. The challenge is appreciated, and I look forward to the next round of finding triumph in defeat.
Apr 24, 2014Much better than Series 1. Much more pragmatic than S1, with better stories and better production values. Very powerful ending. Still weighed down by being idealistic, smug, folksy and preachy, but these are toned down a bit in this season. Get rid of those, and Toby, and the show would be fantastic.
Feb 19, 2014Outstanding musical writing, compelling characters and story--what else has topped this on network television?