Some Thoughts On ‘The West Wing’

Ranked without commentary, the 39 best characters on “The West Wing,” minimum 15 episodes. (Note: Outside of Danny Concannon, no White House press corps members were included in this arbitrary listing.)

1. Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford)
2. C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney)
3. Leo McGarry (John Spencer)
4. Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff)
5. President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen)
6. Charlie Young (Dule Hill)
7. Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe)
8. Danny Concannon (Timothy Busfeld)
9. Senator Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda)
10. Mrs. Landingham (Kathryn Joosten)
11. Deborah Fiderer (Lily Tomlin)
12. Louise Thornton (Janeane Garafolo)
13. Amy Gardner (Mary Louise-Parker)
14. Donna Moss (Janel Moloney)
15. Bruno Gianelli (Ron Silver)
16. Nancy McNally (Anne Deavere Smith)
17. President Matthew Santos (Jimmy Smits)
18. Will Bailey (Josh Malina)
19. Margaret Hooper (NiCole Robinson)
20. Abbey Bartlet (Stockard Channing)
21. Percy Fitzwallace (John Amos)
22. Kate Harper (Mary McCormack)
23. Secret Service Agent Ron Butterfield (Michael O’Neill)
24. Ronna (Karis Campbell)
25. Helen Santos (Teri Polo)
26. Ginger (Kate Webster)
27. Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin)
28. Carol Fitzpatrick (Melissa Fitzgerald)
29. Annabeth Schott (Kristen Chenoweth)
30. Bram Howard (Matthew Del Negro)
31. Zoey Bartlet (Elisabeth Moss)
32a. Ed (Peter James Smith)
32b. Larry (William Duffy)
33. Vice President Bob Russell (Gary Cole)
34. Nancy (Renee Estevez)
35. Andrea Wyatt (Kathleen York)
36. Secretary of Defense Miles Hutchinson (Steve Ryan)
37. Bonnie (Devika Parikh)
38. Vice President John Hoynes (Tim Matheson)
39. Mandy Hampton (Moira Kelly)