Spin City

1996 TV-14 2 seasons

Spin City

1996 TV-14 2 seasons
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Michael J. Fox stars in this ABC sitcom as New York City Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty, a workaholic who excels at bailing the gaffe-prone mayor (Barry Bostwick) out of trouble, but can't sort out his life away from the office. Eccentric staffers like loose-lipped Paul (Richard Kind) and misogynist Stuart (Alan Ruck) cause Mike further misery at City Hall. Fox left the show after four seasons, replaced by a new deputy mayor played by Charlie Sheen.
Michael J. Fox, Richard Kind, Michael Boatman, Barry Bostwick, Alan Ruck, Connie Britton, Alexander Chaplin, Heather Locklear, Victoria Dillard, Carla Gugino, Jennifer Esposito, Lana Parrilla, Charlie Sheen
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (1996) - 4 discs

Michael J. Fox is New York City's deputy mayor Mike Flaherty, the tireless right-hand man to clueless Randall Winston (Barry Bostwick), in the debut season of the sophisticated ABC sitcom. The oddball mayoral staff includes neurotic press secretary Paul (Richard Kind), womanizing assistant deputy mayor Stuart (Alan Ruck) and gay minority affairs chief Carter (Michael Boatman). Carla Gugino co-stars as Mike's reporter girlfriend, Ashley.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this sitcom revolves around issues related to politics and the media. But it's also a workplace comedy, and the mayor's staffers trade plenty of zingers and innuendo-laden comments (some of which may go over the head of young viewers, but still). One character in particular, Stuart, frequently makes sexist remarks. The show features an openly gay character, and there are occasional references to gay stereotypes. Most of the characters are single and have active dating lives, so there's plenty of relationship humor, too.

Sexual Content

Frequent sexual innuendo. Some making out, but no simulated sex acts (though many are implied, none are shown). Lots of casual (and some serious) romantic relationships between the characters. Characters shown in bed together (clothed).


Not applicable


Relatively mild, such as "damn."

Social Behavior

Good example of professional and political loyalty; highlights strong friendships among a professional group. Also acknowledges homosexuality in the political spectrum. But the show also contains frequent sexist references as well as occasional references to homosexual stereotypes.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Occasional adult consumption of alcohol, including beer, wine, and hard liquor. Adult use of tobacco products, such as cigar smoking and cigarettes, is sometimes visible.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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