Spin City: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (17 Sep. 1996)

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Mike Flaherty has to juggle the interests of his conservative mayor boss and a gay activist whom the Mayor has unwittingly insulted. At home, Mike has to deal with his reporter girlfriend Ashley, when it finally dawns on him that she doesn't just sleep over but that she actually lives with him. To appease both Carter, by having his voice heard, and the mayor, by correcting his gaffe, Mike hires Carter as his new consultant of minority affairs. Written by Pat

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An introduction for viewers.
2 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this pilot episode it is easy to see, for regular viewers, how the characters have developed over the long run of the series and the episode is an entertaining watch to start the trip for the regular cast. But if you are watching this episode as your first introduction to the series then you may have reservations about in which direction the series is taken. But all new series need an introduction for the viewers and the cast. Since there are so many members of the cast, it is easy to be confused, for a novice, to actually know the doings of each person in the script. And this episode only provides a small look into what will become a fine and friendly show.

There is really not much to the script as we find out that the mayors assistant, Mike Flaherty (Micheal J Fox), is actually the one that makes the Mayor of New York office run with perfection. However a crisis comes up when the Mayor (Barry Bostick) insults the gay community. Mike has to find a way to make it look as if the Mayor's office is more friendly to minority needs. In so doing, he will hire a gay man, Carter Haywood, to make his office more acceptable to the needs of the gay community. But it appears that Haywood is not going to make the Mayor's life a simple task.

As with any pilot series, the main idea is to deal with viewers watching to know the cast members. And with that said, the episode has done its part to make the introduction smooth for the viewers. This is not an excellent show with a worthy plot but is just a new show trying to attract viewers. Just an average show that is need of another watch as we now know which path the series is taking.

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