Spin City (1996–2002)

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In this sitcom, Charlie, who takes Mike Flaherty's place in later years, is the Deputy-Mayor of New York City, and his team of half-wits must constantly save the Mayor from embarrassment and the media.

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Series cast summary:
 Paul Lassiter (145 episodes, 1996-2002)
 Carter Heywood / ... (145 episodes, 1996-2002)
 Stuart Bondek (145 episodes, 1996-2002)
 Mayor Randall M. Winston Jr. / ... (145 episodes, 1996-2002)
 Mike Flaherty (103 episodes, 1996-2001)
 Nikki Faber (100 episodes, 1996-2000)
 James Hobert (99 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Janelle Cooper / ... (91 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Caitlin Moore (71 episodes, 1999-2002)


In this sitcom, Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty (Fox) and his City Hall staff must stop the dim-witted Mayor (Bostwick) of New York City from embarrassing himself in front of the media and the voters. The staff consists of Caitlin Moore (Locklear) the Communications Director, Carter Haywood (Boatman) the head of Minority Affairs,Stuart Bondack (Ruck) the Chief of Staff, Paul Lassiter (Kind) the Press Secretary, James Hobert (Gaberman/Chaplin)the Mayor's Speech Writer, and Nikki Faber (Britton) accountant. In the final two seasons of the show, Mike is replaced by Charlie Crawford (Sheen). Written by Samantha Rose and Mike Boothroyd

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Slur campaigns. Cheap shots. Smear tactics. Just another day at the office.




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First in a trio of sitcoms in which Charlie Sheen portrays a character named Charlie. Two and a Half Men and Anger Management are the others. See more »


[Mike is on TV]
Mike: I can't believe that's me.
Mayor Winston: Oh, I know ALL about that. You're here talking, but you're there talking... tricky.
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Near perfect at first but then Caitlin arrived!
4 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I used to love spin city; set around the Mayor of New York and his staff, it provided a lot of laughs and politics in comedy actually quite works.

The mayor's deputy Mike was one of the best and brilliantly played by one of my favourite actors, Michae J. Fox who has so much screen charisma. The way Mike interacted with his staff was great; his relationship with Carter was hilarious and the way he mentored James was often touching. So many of the characters were great including James, Stuart, Carter, Paul, Nikki and Stacey.

Then they ruined it by casting Heather Locklear as Caitlin. I hated Caitlin, she was so annoying and she replaced the fiesty brooklyn gal, Stacey who was far superior.

When Stacey left it started to go wrong, then Mike, James and Nikki left too and Charlie Sheen couldn't be good enough to replace the loss of three great characters. Charlie was good, not as good as Mike but still a great actor, but Caitlin seemed to be the focus, it should have been called the Charlie Sheen and Heather Locklear show at the end as it was always about their relationship, just like it had been with Caitlin and Mike.

The later episodes are not as memorable, James was such a good character that the show suffered without him, everyone else was so self assured but James was the innocence of City hall and without him it was a bunch of big shot Caitlin's who wanted to rule the world.

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