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Spin City: Fox’s Picks 1

Spin City MJF's Picks Volume 1 DVD CoverBACK COVER TEXT

Episode List:
“Pilot”
“Meet Tommy Dugan”
“Dog Day Afternoon”
“Family Affair, Part 1”
“Family Affair, Part 2”
“Miracle Near 34th Street”
“The Paul Lassiter Story”
“The Pope of Gracie Mansion”
“Cather in the Bronx”
“A Tale of Two Sisters”
“Casino”

Michael J. Fox picks his all-time favorite episodes from his Emmy and Golden Globe-winning run as the real brains behind the operation in the Mayor’s office.

Spin City MJF's Picks Volume 1 DVD Back CoverFor four unforgettable seasons Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty (Michael J. Fox) juggled his crazy co-workers and his boss’s careless conduct while trying to keep City Hall from caving in. Now, if only he can keep his personal life from spinning completely out of control! Volume Two also available

SPIN CITY: MICHAEL J. FOX-HIS ALLTIME FAVORITES CREATED BY GARY DAVID GOLDBERG AND BILL LAWRENCE STARRING MICHAEL J. FOX, CARLA GUGINO, RICHARD KIND, ALAN RUCK, MICHAEL BOATMAN, CONNIE BRITTON, ALEXANDER CHAPLIN, VICTORIA DILLARD, JENNIFER ESPOSITO, WITH HEATHER LOCKLEAR AS CAITLIN AND BARRY BOSTWICK AS THE MAYOR

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GENERAL DISC INFORMATION

DISTRIBUTOR :: Dreamworks Home Entertainment
CASE TYPE :: Amray
BOOKLET :: None
RUNNING TIME :: 4 hours 2 minutes
ASPECT RATIO :: Full Frame
SOUND MIX :: 2.0 Surround Sound; Dolby Digital
SPOKEN LANGUAGES :: English
CAPTIONS/SUB-TITLES :: English
MENUS :: Film Stills with Music
NAVIGATION :: Simple
PICTURE QUALITY :: Good

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SPECIAL FEATURES

INTRODUCTIONS BY MICHAEL J. FOX FOR EVERY EPISODE
MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS BY:
–Michael J. Fox
–Richard Kind
–Heather Locklear
–Michael Boatman
–Barry Bostwick
–Heather Locklear & Charlie Sheen

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WEBMASTER’S REVIEW :: WARNING — POSSIBLE SPOILERS

THIS REVIEW IS FOR BOTH VOLUMES ONE AND TWO

I will be the first to admit that while “Spin City” was on the air, I was not very impressed. I found the writing very predictable and often, frustrating. I will always wish that Carla Gugino had not left halfway through the first season because I think she and Michael J. Fox had some great chemistry and the fact that the main character of a sit-com was already in a serious relationship was a nice change from the typical sit-com writing of characters dancing around each other, building the sexual tension and then having it brought down in a crash when they do finally get together. *Phew!* How’s that for a run on sentence?

Unfortunately, this is how the show went after Ms. Gugino left and I believe that’s when I started becoming very hard on the writing and stopped watching the show regularly.

However, upon receiving these discs and watching the show again, I have to admit that it was much better than I gave it credit for. No, the writing didn’t suddenly get better, I just realized that whatever weaknesses there were in the writing, the performances saved the show every time.

Michael J. Fox always gives 100%, whether he thinks the project is any good or not (See films like Life With Mikey or For Love or Money for proof of this) but this series’ supporting cast was just as good as Fox, especially great character actors such as Barry Bostwick and Richard Kind. Michael Boatman and Alan Ruck often stole the entire show and although the female cast often got shorted with plotlines (poor Nicky’s character got kicked aside as soon as Heather Locklear joined the cast) they all shone brightly as well.

The Spin City discs might disappoint those who want to own every episode of “Spin City”, but don’t fret. TV on DVD is selling like hotcakes and I’m willing to bet that the entire series will be collected eventually. However, there is no guarantee that the introductions that Michael J. Fox makes for each episode for this ‘best of’ collection will be included, or the Foundation public service announcements, so owning these discs is a nice addition to any Michael J. Fox collection.