Spin City

Series Summary
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.

Air Dates: 1996 - Present

Genres: Sitcom

Network: ABC

  • Season 5, Ep. 14 : In the Company of DudesFeb 7, 2001

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    Charlie (Charlie Sheen) calls on an old college friend (guest star Jason Priestley) to help the mayor (Barry Bostwick) out of a legal jam.

  • Season 5, Ep. 13 : The GamblerJan 24, 2001

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    Charlie (Charlie Sheen) falls into his old habits when he plays poker with Stuart, Paul and Carter (Alan Ruck, Richard Kind, Michael Boatman).

  • Season 5, Ep. 12 : Hey JudithJan 17, 2001

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    The mayor's girlfriend becomes involved in policy issues; hockey coach Barry Melrose gives Stuart some pointers.

  • Season 5, Ep. 11 : The Perfect DormJan 10, 2001

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    Paul tries to get over his ex-wife by moving into a college dormitory.

  • Season 5, Ep. 10 : Toy StoryDec 20, 2000

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    The mayor hopes to bag a great Christmas photo-op; Carter convinces Caitlin to help out at a retirement home.

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  • 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] Show More

  • 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] Show More

  • 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] Show More

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