Saturday, 31 May 2014

Spin City S1 / S2: DVD Review

Spin City S1 / S2: DVD Review

Rating: PG
Released by Madman Home Ent

Michael J Fox's return to comedy after Family Ties remains one of the best and most underrated ensemble comedies of all time.

He plays the deputy mayor of New York, Mike Flaherty in this behind the scenes series looking at the world within the walls of power. But as ever, it's the people within which cause the problems - and the scrapes that this Spin doctor has to get them out of.

Collecting together a great ensemble of oddballs with personal issues was a masterstroke of Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence; but also giving them all room to breathe shows the ensemble comedy, when done properly can be an absolute blast.

These two seasons showcase physical and screwball comedy at its best, but also demonstrate a great heart within. And Spin City was a great show until Fox had to leave for health - Charlie Sheen's joining of the show never really kept the ball rolling and lacked the likeability of the lead.

A doco looking at the making of the series reveals how much love there was within and it's just a shame these are individual interviews rather than a collected cast reminiscence.

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