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 6, Ep. 14 : Rags to RichesMar 5, 2002

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    Caitlin surprises Charlie for his birthday with a visit from his father, a con man who abandoned him as a child.

  • Season 6, Ep. 13 : O Mother, Where Art Thou?Jan 8, 2002

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    Caitlin romances an older man (guest star Perry King) whose daughter flirts with Charlie; a new flame (guest star Judith Light) eases the mayor's heartbreak over the loss of his mother.

  • Season 6, Ep. 12 : An Office and a GentlemanDec 11, 2001

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    A potential City Hall Santa Claus asks Caitlin to go on a date, but she doesn't know what he really looks like.

  • Season 6, Ep. 11 : ChinatownNov 27, 2001

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    Mayor Winston proposes to Claire (Farrah Fawcett) on Election Day, while Charlie and Jennifer ponder the fate of their own relationship.

  • Season 6, Ep. 10 : Fight FlubNov 20, 2001

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    The wife of the opposing mayoral candidate runs in his place when a heart attack pushes him out of the race.

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Critic Reviews( 3 )
  • 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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