Sendetid i USA: 03. oktober-2001 - 22. mai-2002
Frå Wikipedia: The third season, covering the administration's third and fourth years in office, begins with Bartlet announcing his intention to run for reelection and is dominated by the subsequent campaign. Other prominent story lines include a Congressional investigation into allegations Bartlet committed electoral fraud by concealing his MS, a death threat against C.J. and the ensuing relationship she develops with the Secret Service agent assigned to protect her, the Qumari defense minister Abdul Shareef's planning terrorist attacks against the US, and a troubling meeting between Toby and the President that leaves Bartlet with a bout of insomnia. The season finale resolves several of these story lines when Bartlet meets his electoral opponent and reaffirms his commitment to beat him, finally decides to order Shareef's assassination, and, just minutes after the man who threatened her is arrested, C.J.'s Secret Service agent interrupts a convenience store robbery and is killed.
From a critical perspective, series creator Aaron Sorkin acknowledged in October 2002 that the terrorism-related plots designed to keep the series relevant after the real-life 9/11 attacks were awkward at times, saying "from week to week, you felt like you were writing the show handcuffed, a little bit. I didn't know how to write it anymore. It was a constant search for what I wasn't doing that used to make the show work. [...] Maybe there was a way to make it work; there probably was. I wasn't able to find it in twenty-two episodes." Nonetheless, the show went on to win its third "Outstanding Drama" Emmy in a row.
Og det tok meg nøyaktig 3 dager å sjå tredje sesong. Men til mitt forsvar har det vore langhelg, og på torsdag var jo alt stengt så då krølla eg meg godt opp i sofaen og bare glodde;-) Denne sesongen var litt kjedelig, men ein del ting eg ikkje var klar over kom fram i lyset. Josh for eksempel, hadde eit forhold til Amy og foreløpig trur eg dei er saman ennå. Leo måtte på høyring angående hemmeligskremminga til presidenten og gjekk på sin første date sidan skilsmissen. Eg ønsker at Sam skal sjå to gonger på Ainsley Hayes, men det skjer ikkje. C.J. falt for Security-agenten, men han vart skutt, så då håper eg at Danny Concannon kan visa seg snart igjen, sakner han. Ellers så koser eg meg med serien, og det er mange interessante karakterer. Og det siste spørsmålet i sesong 2 på pressekonferansen? Well, I think you know the answer;-)