The West Wing is considered by many to be one of the best television shows of all time, and its four consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Drama Series certainly support that claim. But a huge part of what puts the show at the top of my own list of personal TV favorites is its long-simmering office romance between White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Lyman (Bradley Whitford) and his senior assistant, ~Deputy Deputy Chief of Staff~ Donnatella “Donna” Moss (Janel Moloney).
Josh and Donna's chemistry is undeniable from the very first episode, and the charming banter and the longing looks and eventually the epic angst all combine to make for an incredibly memorable pairing. After all, who can forget lines like “If you were in an accident, I wouldn't stop for red lights” and “If you think I don't miss you every day...” And then there was Josh dropping everything in the middle of a “Biblical apocalypse” in Washington to be by Donna's side at a hospital in Germany after she was injured in a terrorist attack. *swoon*
Plus, the best part? It all pays off beautifully for them in the final season and especially in the last few episodes. It is a rare thing to see as beautiful a sendoff to a 'ship as Josh and Donna got. Theirs is an immensely satisfying romance, and I love it to pieces.
Fandom note: I was late to the West Wing party, so I missed the heday of Josh/Donna fandom. Sadly, a lot of fan works have been lost due to the closing of Yahoo!'s GeoCities, but there are still a lot of brilliant works to be found on YouTube (I've embedded a few recently discovered faves below), fic archives like Archive of Our Own and The National Library, Tumblr communities like fuckyeahnoredlights and fyeahjoshdonna (see some examples of the gorgeous graphics they post and reblog below), and Yahoo! groups and LiveJournals.
(Above) Image source: fyeahjoshdonna Tumblr