Spin City : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 17, 1996
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24

Critic Reviews

  1. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 17, 2013
    As you watch the smart, sophisticated, sharply written and slickly directed Spin City strut its stuff, memories of Murphy Brown's early days may come to mind. Dominating a volatile, high-profile workplace and supported by a crackerjack cast, Fox demonstrates superb and crafty comic timing in a tailor-made role. [17 Sept 1996, p.1D]
  2. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Mar 17, 2013
    Spin City has a premise with potential, a superb supporting cast and a leading man of great appeal. The sophisticated series should be the fall's winner by a landslide. [17 Sept 1996, p.E1]
  3. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Mar 17, 2013
    Every few years, if we're lucky, a new sitcom arrives that is so effortlessly funny, its characters so perfectly realized, that it seems more like a third-season opener than a fresh-from-the-box pilot. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was that way; so were "Taxi," "Cheers" and "Frasier," to name a few others...I may be overstating things, but I don't think I am, by placing tonight's Michael J. Fox showcase, ABC's Spin City, in the same league. [17 Sept 1996, p.70]
  4. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Mar 17, 2013
    Reunited with "Family Ties" creator Gary David Goldberg, movie star Michael J. Fox scores a landslide victory in his terrific TV comeback. [16 Sept 1996, p.35]
  5. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Mar 17, 2013
    But most importantly, Spin City should be a hit because of Fox, who's never been more likable than he is here. [17 Sept 1996, p.6D]
  6. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Mar 17, 2013
    Spin City just happens to be very funny. [17 Sept 1996, p.F1]
  7. Denver Post
    Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Mar 17, 2013
    Based on both content and time slot - between "Home Improvement" and "NYPD Blue" - Spin City is potentially the breakout hit of the season. [17 Sept 1996]
  8. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Mar 17, 2013
    A devilishly discerning comedy. [17 Sept 1996, p.39]
  9. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: John Freeman
    Mar 17, 2013
    It's one of those premiere episodes that look and feel as if the best is yet to come. [17 Sept 1996, p.E1]
  10. Reviewed by: Ginia Bellafante
    Jul 2, 2013
    As homage to the unclean gymnastics of p.r., Spin City is certainly the season's most believable new sitcom. And also by far the best.
  11. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Robin Dougherty
    Mar 17, 2013
    Fox's return to prime-time TV finds him hitting his mark...What's more, the actor is surrounded by a likable cast. [17 Sept 1996, p.1C]
  12. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Mar 17, 2013
    Spin City is firing on all cylinders. It's a slick little contraption custom-built by professionals, and if it's not exactly full of surprises, at least it's roaringly competent. [17 Sept 1996, p.B01]
  13. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 17, 2013
    Everything about City does not spin with equal balance. The pilot's plot (the mayor stumbles into a gay rights controversy) is so hackneyed and out-of-touch, it makes you wonder if the writers have been to New York in the last decade. But the spin doctors at Spin City insist the plot's creakiness is an aberration - and so many other things in the show go well, I'm inclined to believe them. [17 Sept 1996, p.D-4]
  14. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Mar 17, 2013
    As might be expected with any Gary David Goldberg product, Spin City is smart stuff. The one-liners zing, Mr. Fox and company are disarming and the 22 minutes flow by effortlessly. The only snag is that concept of spin. Are those who toy with the truth all that funny?
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Queenan
    Jun 26, 2013
    Fox... retains his wonderful timing and delivery. ... But the political satire that makes up the rest of the show is toothless, corny, passé.

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