the west wing - In excelsis deo
Christmas special 1999

Regarded as one of the best and most influential television shows of all time, Aaron Sorkin's West Wing was not only critically acclaimed but beloved by audiences the world over. 

It follows the administration of fictitious Democratic President Josiah Bartlett (Martin Sheen) and is primarily set in the West Wing of the White House.


In the first Christmas Special of The West Wing, a homeless veteran dies on the National Mall and his body remains uncollected for hours. Toby, the White House Communications Director, becomes fixated on getting him a proper burial.

The episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and is regarded by many fans to be one of The West Wing's best episodes. 
And there's a good reason why: it hits you smack bang right in the feels. Toby's drive to get the homeless veteran recognised and honoured and the choir at the White House singing Little Drummer Boy intercut with the veterans funeral is a genuinely moving moment. Get the tissues - you're gonna need them.  

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