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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 17, 1996
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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  • Starring: Jennifer Esposito, Michael Boatman, Carla Gugino
  • Summary: A talented cast provide a sophisticated ensemble comedy, filmed entirely in New York City. Michael Flaherty (Michael J. Fox, Back To The Future), Deputy Mayor and right-hand man to Mayor Randall Winston (Barry Bostwick, I'll Take Manhattan), expertly keeps his co-workers and City Hall under complete control while his personal life often spins completely out of control. With a staff of wildly diverse characters consisting of a neurotic press secretary, a gay activist in charge of minority affairs, a chauvinist chief of staff, a highly efficient accountant, an idealistic speechwriter and an intrepid Mayor's assistant, it's hard to believe anything gets done.

    After four successful, and hilarious, years, Michael J. Fox left Spin City. And was replaced by Charlie Sheen who played Charlie Crawford (Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men), the new, charismatic deputy mayor of New York City. The show's final season was simulcast in HDTV.

    Nielsen Ratings:
    #17 in 1996-1997 Season
    #47 in 1997-1998 Season
    #25 in 1998-1999 Season
    #33 in 1999-2000 Season
    #56 in 2000-2001 Season
    #66 in 2001-2002 Season
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  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Creator: Bill Lawrence
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Sep 17, 1996
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 09:30 PM
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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: 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]
  3. 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]
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 17, 2013
    70
    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]
  5. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Mar 17, 2013
    60
    Just about everybody in this cast is superb. Maybe the production team, headed by Gary David Goldberg, who did Fox's "Family Ties" and the cuddly "Brooklyn Bridge", will fix all the first episode's flaws. Too many halfhearted gay and orgasm jokes bring to mind too many of last year's tired Friends imitators.[17 Sept 1996, p.D01]
  6. Reviewed by: Jeremy Gerard
    Mar 17, 2013
    60
    While some of the humor scores, too much is of the red-herring variety one-liners that don't really have anything to do with anything. And anyone even mildly versed in Gotham politics will find Spin City low on the believability scale, which is probably a good thing, as you'd need a Robert Altman to find much humor in the real thing. [16 Sept 1996]
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Mar 17, 2013
    40
    In this disappointing opener, though, the pace is more frantic than fun, and the plot about the token gay is neither clever nor funny...The one cinch about Spin City is that Fox wants a hit just as much as ABC wants one. They'll just have to try harder; you can bet they will. [17 Sept 1996, p.1]

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