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      Season 1 – Spin City

      1996 Comedy List
      87% 23 Reviews Tomatometer 38% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score New York Mayor Randall Winston needs help running the city. So, for much of the series, he counts on Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty to help him. Flaherty, usually a man who is calm and organized, can "spin" out of control when it comes to his personal life, the ditzy mayor, and his abnormal co-workers. For the show's final two seasons, Flaherty is replaced as deputy mayor by Charlie Crawford after Michael J. Fox, who played Flaherty, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and left the show. Read More Read Less

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      Spin City's mercenary view of politics makes for a reliably entertaining workplace farce, although its flippant view of meaningful issues can be more queasy than enlightening.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Sep 17, 1996 Prototype Mike (Michael J. Fox) grapples with a garbage strike and tries to fend off Ashley's (Carla Gugino) questions about living together. With Barry Bostwick. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 24, 1996 The Great Pretender Michael (Michael J. Fox) has difficulty living up to his new moniker -- "Sexiest Man in New York." With Barry Bostwick and Carla Gugino. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 1, 1996 The Apartment Stuart (Alan Ruck) takes charge while Michael and Mayor Winston (Michael J. Fox, Barry Bostwick) try to settle the garbage strike. With Carla Gugino. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 8, 1996 Pride and Prejudice Michael allows a TV crew to shoot a profile on him, but a wayward remark gets him in trouble with Ashley. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 15, 1996 The Rivals Michael (Michael J. Fox) and his staff make an effort to stem the constant criticism flowing from the former mayor (Tom Lacy). With Barry Bostwick. Details Episode 6 Aired Oct 22, 1996 A Star Is Born Mike must decide whether to dump Mayor Winston's controversial nominee for chancellor of public schools. Details Episode 7 Aired Oct 29, 1996 Grand Illusion Carter and Nikki (Michael Boatman, Connie Britton) fake a wedding to bring home a point about same-sex marriages. With Richard Kind and Michael J. Fox. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 12, 1996 The High and the Mighty Mike (Michael J. Fox) must strike a deal with a high-stakes real estate developer (guest star George Wendt), but the price may be too high. Details Episode 9 Aired Nov 19, 1996 Meet Tommy Dugan An opinionated school janitor wins the mayor's essay contest, which entitles him to act as mayor for a day. Details Episode 10 Aired Nov 26, 1996 The Competition The mayor's staff competes in a Thanksgiving contest in which the losers must sing a show tune for the press. Details Episode 11 Aired Dec 10, 1996 Dog Day Afternoon Mike tries to please the police commissioner by honoring a dead police dog, but Paul and Carter lose the dog's body. Details Episode 12 Aired Dec 17, 1996 Criss Cross Michael (Michael J. Fox) substitutes for the mayor (Barry Bostwick) on a political talk show and ends up facing off against Ashley (Carla Gugino). Details Episode 13 Aired Jan 7, 1997 Bye Bye Love Mike's (Michael J. Fox) co-workers try to raise his spirits after his breakup with Ashley (Carla Gugino). Details Episode 14 Aired Jan 14, 1997 Starting Over An assistant district attorney tries to go out with Michael while he is on the rebound from his recent breakup. Details Episode 15 Aired Jan 28, 1997 Gabby's Song Mike's (Michael J. Fox) attempts to win over new appointee Gabby Sanchez (Constance Marie) fail. With Richard Kind. Details Episode 16 Aired Feb 11, 1997 Kiss Me, Stupid Carter's (Michael Boatman) old flame (guest star Luke Perry) wants to meet with him; Paul's (Richard Kind) evening for Claudia (Faith Prince) doesn't go as planned. Details Episode 17 Aired Feb 11, 1997 An Affair to Remember For the mayor's 50th birthday, Paul arranges for George Stephanopoulos to attend and gets some celebrities to send birthday wishes. Details Episode 18 Aired Feb 25, 1997 Snowbound Mike tries to minimize his time with his mother and stepfather when they come to visit, until they get snowed in at City Hall. Details Episode 19 Aired Mar 4, 1997 Striptease Michael learns his new girlfriend moonlights as a stripper; Claudia catches Paul in a lie while Nikki plays head games with Stuart. Details Episode 20 Aired Mar 18, 1997 Deaf Becomes Her The mayor's new sign language interpreter offends the deaf community, prompting Michael to appease one of its leaders. Details Episode 21 Aired Apr 1, 1997 Hot in the City Mike struggles when his ex-girlfriend who wants to mother his child and the mayor manages to break up a band. Details Episode 22 Aired Apr 29, 1997 Bone Free Lust causes problems for the men in the office; Nikki ponders whether her new boyfriend is a struggling writer or just untalented. Details Episode 23 Aired May 6, 1997 The Mayor Who Came to Dinner The mayor (Barry Bostwick) separates from his wife (Deborah Rush) and moves in with Michael (Michael J. Fox). Details Episode 24 Aired May 13, 1997 Mayor Over Miami The mayor (Barry Bostwick) decides to take a road trip with Paul (Richard Kind), leaving Mike (Michael J. Fox) in charge of New York. Details Next
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      Previous Diane Werts Newsday Fox handles all happenings in a manner so frantic you'd better tape it and watch in slo-mo. If he can chill a bit, DreamWorks might actually finally have a hit. Oct 20, 2021 Full Review Noel Holston and Neal Justin Minneapolis Star Tribune Alex P. Keaton grows up in this instantly likable sitcom graced with a solid leading man, a top-notch supporting cast, and a rich premise. Oct 19, 2021 Full Review Steve Johnson Chicago Tribune Fox, still better able to make his panicky thoughts visible than most anyone, plays a top aide to a detached New York mayor in a show that's spry and savvy, but also willing to go over the top for a laugh. Oct 14, 2021 Full Review Bruce R. Miller Sioux City Journal The writing is bright, the acting is brighter, and the timeslot is brightest. Oct 25, 2021 Full Review Rick Kushman Sacramento Bee If only real politicians were this amusing. 3.5/4 Oct 21, 2021 Full Review Barbara Righton Ottawa Citizen The 35-year-old [Michael J.] Fox is still a fountain of boyish charm. Carla Gugino offers a vibrancy to her role as his girlfriend, while Barry Bostwick delivers good laughs as the dimwitted goof who is the mayor of the Big Apple. Oct 20, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Season Info

      Executive Producer
      Michael J. Fox, Gary David Goldberg
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      Release Date
      Sep 17, 1996
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