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With less than a week until the presidential election, it's okay if you're feeling a little drained. The campaign trail has often seemed endless, angry, and inescapable. But before you give in to a feeling of defeat, try to combat your political ennui with a little comfort TV — classic episodes of The West Wing.
The Aaron Sorkin saga isn't the most realistic depiction of Washington, D.C., but it is a hopeful one. President Bartlet's speeches could be a little pompous (and long), but they were earnest and idealistic. When the staffers butted heads with their opponents, they often ended up learning from them. And if everything else fails to move you, there's always the comforting swell of orchestral instrumentals in the background that seems to say, "everything is going to be okay." Even if you're not interested in the sunnier side of government, the drama can provide plenty of policy-adjacent laughs. Click through to enjoy a few West Wing moments that should lift your spirits as we approach November 8.
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"Two Parties Hanging Out & Holding Hands" (Season 2, Episode 4, 2000)
When Republican Ainsley Hayes embarrasses a White House staffer on national TV (because she was more prepared and more knowledgeable on the subject at hand), the President decides to give her a job. It's a peace between parties that, during this election, we can only imagine.
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"Some Holiday Fun," (Season 3, Episode 7, 2001)
A little reminder that even the most powerful person in the country will be treated just like anyone else in a few choice situations — like when waiting on the Butterball Hotline.
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"King Of The Debate Team," (Season 2, Episode 3, 2000)
A truly excellent presidential mic drop.