Spin City: Season 1

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 17
1996

Pilot

Michael Flaherty and his team grapple with a garbage strike and a political gaffe by the Mayor who accidentally insults gays. In addition, Ashley questions Mike’s commitm…

2 Sep 24
1996

The Great Pretender

When Mike is named Sexiest Man in New York by ““Manhattan”“ magazine, he has difficulty living up to the notoriety at home. In the meantime, the staff m…

3 Oct 01
1996

The Apartment

Michael and the Mayor work around the clock to negotiate an end to the garbage strike, which leaves Stuart in charge of the office, to everyone’s dismay. And, though they…

4 Oct 08
1996

Pride and Prejudice

Michael allows a TV crew into the office for a profile on himself, and one of his quotes lands him in hot water with Ashley. In the meantime, Carter goes behind Michael’s…

5 Oct 15
1996

The Rivals

The former Mayor of New York is a constant critic of the current administration, and a plan to appease him has tragic consequences. Meanwhile, Michael and Ashley try to avoid t…

6 Oct 22
1996

A Star is Born

When Mayor Winston’s nominee for the Public Schools Chancellor proves an embarrassment to the administration, James urges Mike to stick with the controversial candidate.…

7 Oct 29
1996

Grand Illusion

Carter and Nikki plan a fake wedding to make a point about the mayor’s stance on same-sex marriages. Meanwhile, Paul is a transformed man when the eye patch he wears afte…

8 Nov 12
1996

The High and the Mighty

Michael needs a favor from famed real estate developer Dan Donaldson, but the price Mike has to pay may not be worth it. In the meantime, Paul finds it hard to crow about the c…

9 Nov 19
1996

Meet Tommy Dugan

An opinionated school janitor becomes ““Mayor for a Day”“ when he wins an essay contest intended for schoolchildren. Meanwhile, the Mayor wants to chang…

10 Nov 26
1996

The Competition

When the Mayor’s office competes against City Council in an annual Thanksgiving contest, the stakes are high, since the losers must croon a show tune in front of the pres…

11 Dec 10
1996

Dog Day Afternoon

Mike tries to appease the disgruntled Police Commissioner by honoring a beloved police dog who has recently died. But things go awry on the way to the funeral when Paul and Car…

12 Dec 17
1996

Criss Cross

Michael substitutes for the Mayor on a political talk show, facing off against Ashley on a hot-button issue. Meanwhile, Paul plays City Hall Santa while battling a terrible bou…

13 Jan 07
1997

Bye Bye Love

The office rallies to lift Mike’s spirits after his break-up with Ashley, but he resists their best efforts. That is, until he decides he needs a friend and reaches out t…

14 Jan 14
1997

Starting Over

Michael is uncomfortable with his newly single status when he realizes he’s actually on a date with new assistant district attorney Danielle Brinkman. Meantime, Paul meet…

15 Jan 28
1997

Gabby's Song

Mike butts heads with a hard-nosed new chief of staff appointee, Gabby Sanchez, who is unmoved by his best efforts to win her over. Meanwhile, Paul ponders taking his relations…

16 Feb 11
1997

Kiss Me, Stupid

It’s Valentine’s Day, and Carter’s old flame Spence wants to meet with him. Meantime, Mike goes on a date from hell with a beautiful friend of Nikki’s,…

17 Feb 18
1997

An Affair to Remember

For the Mayor’s 50th birthday, Paul is determined to get his ““old friend”“ George Stephanopoulos to attend the event; as Michael arranges for bir…

18 Feb 25
1997

Snowbound

A major snowstorm hits Manhattan, causing a chain reaction of mishaps at City Hall. Mike desperately tries to meet his longtime crush on her last night in the city; Paul accide…

19 Mar 04
1997

Striptease

Michael discovers that his new girlfriend, Gayley, is paying for law school by moonlighting as a stripper. Meantime, Claudia catches Paul in a lie, and Nikki plays mind games w…

20 Mar 18
1997

Deaf Becomes Her

It’s damage control time when the Mayor’s inept new sign-language interpreter inadvertently offends the deaf community, and Michael rushes to appease one of its lea…

21 Apr 01
1997

Hot in the City

On the personal front, Mike struggles with his ex-girlfriend, Carrie, who is desperate to bear his child (with or without his participation). At the office, he’s playing…

22 Apr 29
1997

Bone Free

The men in the office find love-or rather, lust-is in the air, causing more than a few problems. And Nikki wonders whether her new heartthrob, George, is a struggling writer or…

23 May 06
1997

The Mayor Who Came to Dinner

The Mayor separates from his wife and moves in with Michael, much to Mike’s chagrin. Meanwhile, designer Isaac Mizrahi helps the Mayor’s office with a charity fashi…

24 May 13
1997

Mayor Over Miami

Despondent over his separation with his wife, the Mayor decides on a whim to take a road trip with Paul, leaving Mike in charge of New York City and scrambling to find out wher…

About Spin City

In this sitcom, Deputy Mayor Charlie Crawford and his City Hall staff must stop the dim-witted Mayor of New York City from embarrassing himself infront of the media and the voters. The staff consists of Caitlin Moore the Communications Director, Carter Haywood the head of Minority Affairs, Stuart Bondack the Chief of Staff, and Paul Lassider the Press Secretary.

This situation comedy takes place in New York’s City Hall. It centers on Mike Flaherty, the deputy mayor, who has to protect the slightly moronic mayor, Randall Winston from those who want to ruin his political career, and from himself, cause he is constantly making an ass of himself and Mike has try and make sure that his little escapades are either not mad public or have very little negative effect on the mayor. Helping Mike is Carter, probably the least quirky member of the mayor’s staff and Nikki and James. Stuart and Paul are two members of the staff who cause just as much problems. Mike’s secretary, who joined the show during the second season was Stacy. Mike’s girlfriend during the first season was Ashley, but the character was dropped, his next girlfriend, during the following season was Laurie, and during the third season it was Nikki, and in the fourth season it was Caitlin Moore, the mayor’s campaign manager. Michael J. Fox would leave the show after the fourth season. During the next season, the new deputy mayor would be Charlie Crawford.

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