The West Wing: Season 7 (2005 - 2006)

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A contentious race for the White House gives The West Wing narrative focus during a final season that bids a heartfelt farewell to President Bartlet while thoughtfully exploring the dynamics of campaigns.

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Critic Ratings: 12

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User Ratings: 33

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Air date: Sep 25, 2005

Josh is caught off guard when political commentators are critical of Leo as a running mate for Santos. White House Counsel Oliver Babish (recurring guest star OLIVER PLATT - "A Time to Kill") discusses a leak investigation with C.J. And Donna approaches Josh for a job.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2005

As a grand jury convenes to investigate the White House military shuttle leak, the campaign's focus changes to national security. Vinick deftly handles the issue while Santos is bound by his party loyalty to align himself with the Bartlet administration.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2005

Vinick undermines the Santos campaign by targeting immigration issues--a topic Santos had previously successfully avoided. Meanwhile, an eager National Security Agency agent briefs Vinick about a serious situation in Kazakhstan.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2005

Since several members of the staff have been subpoenaed to testify in the military shuttle leak investigation, C.J. is left to run the office practically by herself. Major trouble breaks out in the Middle East jeopardizing Bartlet's peace plan.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2005

After answering questions from White House Counsel Oliver Babish (recurring guest star OLIVER PLATT), Toby concludes that he needs to retain counsel. Meanwhile, Josh realizes that everyone involved in the Santos campaign is young and inexperienced, forcing him to make some tough decisions.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2005

A third-party attack on Santos brings unwanted attention to both his and Vinick's stance on abortion. Meanwhile, Will gets a promotion.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2005

In a first for "The West Wing," the Emmy Award-winning series broadcasts a live episode featuring a tension-packed debate between the two Presidential candidates, Congressman Matt Santos and Senator Arnold Vinick.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2005

In a first for "The West Wing," the Emmy Award-winning series broadcasts a live episode featuring a tension-packed debate between the two Presidential candidates, Congressman Matt Santos and Senator Arnold Vinick. In the U.S., the episode will be performed and broadcast live twice, once for the East Coast and again for the West Coast.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2005

Santos visits a Los Angeles African-American family whose child was shot by a Latino police officer. C.J. manages a crisis between China and Kazakhstan.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2006

On the eve of Ellie's (recurring guest star NINA SIEMASZKO) White House wedding, a military situation in Central Asia takes Bartlet away from the rehearsal festivities. Meanwhile, the election is 6 weeks away, and Santos is trailing by 7 points. Josh, Leo and Santos strategize over where to spend their rapidly dwindling monetary resources. Some Democratic Party loyalists want Santos to replace Josh, but Leo advises against it. And Bartlet takes a break from being President to walk his daughter down the aisle.

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Experience the inner workings of the White House in this innovative, multi-award-winning drama series. Martin Sheen stars as President Josiah Bartlet.

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Critic Reviews for The West Wing Season 7

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9)

Pumped up by a compelling presidential election campaign, focused on valuable cast newcomers Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda, West Wing rediscovered the vivid political zing in its farewell season

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

West Wing lasted seven years, not all of them perfect. But Bartlet's team had a better batting average than any real-life President in recent memory...

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The West Wing has reemerged creatively as a sharp epic about campaign chess gaming...

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Season seven is crazy underrated, and you should watch it some time. Just check your texts or play Candy Crush during the scenes about Toby leaking secret NASA information.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Striking for its prescience...it demonstrated what can come from trusting a writer-creator's vision: in this case, Aaron Sorkin.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…

During the course of its seven seasons and 26 Emmys, The West Wing has remained one of the most intelligent serialised dramas ever to appear on American television.

Sep 25, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It was inevitable that The West WinG would end on a pious note, but the mawkish fillips were disappointing...

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

This season's episodes have been strong... And Sunday the final scene of The West Wing left the audience on a forward-looking note, too, even if expressed in a wistful tone.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

... I am pleased that neither nominee resembled the narcoleptic slot machines we have come to expect from what we persist in thinking of as the real thing.

Jan 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Best of all, in its final season, The West Wing recovered its sense of humor.

Sep 25, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Even if you are someone who doesn't have any interest in politics or if you are a staunch member of the far left or right, I guarantee you will find enjoyment in this show.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It's again become a show I look forward to watching, and I can't wait to find out how things play out

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The West Wing: Season 7

  • Jun 12, 2020
    A really great final season. The wit was up to the level of season 1, and it was quite funny, and yet it also had some very heartfelt and sad moments. The portrayal of the campaigns seems like perhaps the most realistic portrayals I've ever seen, and both campaigns had numerous twists and turns that kept the season very engaging. But perhaps the best part of the final season for me was how they developed Matt Santos and Arnold Vinick. The characters on this show have always been complex, memorable, and well-developed, but the two candidates for president had some amazing character development that felt very realistic and kept the final season from being too preachy or even really pitting one side as the good guys and the bad guys. Now, with the Santos campaign staff composed of likable characters and series mainstays (like Josh), you might think that they will pit them as the good guys and the Vinick campaign as the bad guys. And with the campaign staff, that's true. But with Arnold Vinick himself, they show that he can be a very good man despite his politics that does not align with Bartlet or the Democrats, and through this, make him a very complex character who isn't really a villain. And with Santos, they uncover some dark secrets about him, so that despite him being a nice guy who is very likable, you get to wonder who the true Matt Santos is. With these dynamics, both candidates become very complex and realistic, with both having good and bad traits, and the show does not seem to be taking sides very much (with, in a political show like this, should be admired).
  • Dec 21, 2019
    Without doubt this season ranks 2nd after season 2. I was so pleased the majority of this season moved away from the claustrophobic and overly familiar White House. It was good to see different perspectives from both Santos and Vinick while on the campaign trail, and with it some new characters that brought some much needed life and colour to the show. I didn't care much for the sub-plots: CJ & Danny, Bartlet & Toby etc. For me they were tiresome and distracting, and you just knew what the conclusions were going to be. But this season was very much driven by Josh, with able support from Alan Alda and Jimmy Smits. But all credit to Bradley for giving Josh an emotional rollercoaster ride throughout the campaign. But of course it was a huge loss when John "Leo" Spenser died halfway through the season - he left a huge gap, and was sadly missed. "What's Next?"
  • Aug 04, 2017
    Beautiful show. Anyway, minimally like the Bartlet Administration, I think I'll retire from this hobby for however long needed.

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