• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 17, 1996
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 17, 2013
    100
    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. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Mar 17, 2013
    100
    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. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Mar 17, 2013
    100
    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. Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Mar 17, 2013
    100
    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. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Mar 17, 2013
    90
    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. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Mar 17, 2013
    90
    Spin City just happens to be very funny. [17 Sept 1996, p.F1]
  7. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Mar 17, 2013
    90
    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. Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Mar 17, 2013
    90
    A devilishly discerning comedy. [17 Sept 1996, p.39]
  9. Reviewed by: John Freeman
    Mar 17, 2013
    88
    It's one of those premiere episodes that look and feel as if the best is yet to come. [17 Sept 1996, p.E1]

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