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The Best Episodes of Spin City

Every episode of Spin City ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Spin City!

Workaholic Mike Flaherty is the Deputy Mayor of New York City, serving as Mayor Randall Winston's key strategist and much-needed handler. Mike runs the city with the help of his oddball staff: an anxious and insecure press secretary; a sexist, boorish chief of staff; an impeccably groomed gay activist running minority affairs; a sharp and efficient, man-crazy accountant; and an idealistic young speechwriter. Like Mike, they are all professionally capable but personally challenged.

Genres:ComedyDrama
Network:ABC

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The best episode of "Spin City" is "Goodbye (2)", rated 9.1/10 from 277 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by Bill Lawrence. "Goodbye (2)" aired on 5/24/2000 and is rated 0.6 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Back to the Future IV: Judgment Day".

  • Goodbye (2)
    9.1/10 277 votes

    #1 - Goodbye (2)

    Season 4 Episode 26 - Aired 2000-05-24

    Mike and Caitlin have sex. The staff works damage control but Mike ultimately fires himself to save everybody else. The staff says their goodbyes at the bar. Caitlin promises Mike that she's not going anywhere. Mike says goodbye to the mayor and walks out of City Hall for the last time. Six weeks later, Mike turns up as an environmental lobbyist in DC.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Bill Lawrence

  • Back to the Future IV: Judgment Day
    8.5/10 208 votes

    #2 - Back to the Future IV: Judgment Day

    Season 3 Episode 18 - Aired 1999-02-23

    Mike's political mentor is preparing to visit with the mayor preparing to appoint him head of the city's millennium project. Marie is still in town and messing around with James. The mayor and Janelle plan a get-together. Owen has changed a little over the years and believes he is the Messiah. After Carter puts Rags in Paul's care, Paul accidentally kills the ailing dog. Owen brings Rags back to life with a touch.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David S. Rosenthal

  • Goodbye (1)
    8.2/10 163 votes

    #3 - Goodbye (1)

    Season 4 Episode 25 - Aired 2000-05-24

    Mike discusses his attempts to have sex with Caitlin with his new therapist. Nikki's new boyfriend is too likable. Caitlin isn't in the mood when Mike is. A reporter accuses the mayor of being involved in organized crime; Nikki's boyfriend turns out to be a mobster who has been getting the office staff to do favors for him. Mike weighs giving his friends up, but ultimately throws himself on his sword and takes all blame.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Deaf Becomes Her
    8.1/10 216 votes

    #4 - Deaf Becomes Her

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 1997-03-18

    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 leaders, Sarah Edelman. Meantime, Paul is worried that Claudia wants to move in permanently.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: N/A

  • Same Time Next Year
    8.1/10 128 votes

    #5 - Same Time Next Year

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 1998-01-07

    A champagne filled New Year's celebration at the Mayor's mansion gets out of control, resulting in more than a little embarrassment the next day, especially for Mike and Nikki. On the big night, Nikki's date, Jay, two-times her and a protective Mike not only gets even--he gets Nikki. Meanwhile, Stuart is undone over the death of his family cat and Stacy makes James question his own virility.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Paul-Bearer
    8.0/10 133 votes

    #6 - The Paul-Bearer

    Season 2 Episode 24 - Aired 1998-05-20

    The Mayor has a stuttering problem. And Mike has a big problem when he promises to coordinate Paul and Claudia's wedding but discovers that the church is also booked for a funeral at the same time.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Tim Hobert

  • Internal Affairs
    8.0/10 133 votes

    #7 - Internal Affairs

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 1999-02-09

    Mike and Nikki struggle with taking their relationship to the next level, i.e. sex. Stacy runs a phony psychic hotline on Paul. And the rest of the staff participates in a stakeout to demonstrate the city's new police technology.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Gayle Abrams

  • Dick Clark's Rockin' Make-Out Party '99
    8.0/10 131 votes

    #8 - Dick Clark's Rockin' Make-Out Party '99

    Season 3 Episode 17 - Aired 1999-02-16

    Mike and Nikki decide to keep their relationship a secret. Stacy's Aunt Marie visits. Deidre files sexual harassment charges against Stuart after he dumps her. Carter is talking about himself in the third person. Marie tries to seduce James. Stuart is close to being fired. Deidre offers to drop the charges for sex, immediately, with Mike. Thanks to the building's new security cameras, Deidre is exposed. The mayor finds himself growing attracted to Janelle, and the two kiss while discussing the sexual harassment case.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Meet Tommy Dugan
    7.9/10 186 votes

    #9 - Meet Tommy Dugan

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 1996-11-19

    An opinionated school janitor becomes ""Mayor for a Day"" when he wins an essay contest intended for schoolchildren. Meanwhile, the Mayor wants to change his image.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Tim Hobert

  • Bye, Bye, Birdie
    7.9/10 129 votes

    #10 - Bye, Bye, Birdie

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 1998-04-29

    The staff prepares for Paul and Claudia's bachelor and bachelorette parties as the city prepares to unveil a new statue that it commissioned. The girls play ""I Never...."". Paul's party is in the office because the Mayor can't go to strip clubs. The new statue, called ""The Bird,"" is, you guessed it.... The girls think a visiting priest is a stripper because of a prank pulled by Stuart. James and Carter go to the hardware store and it is robbed with them in it. Mike is trapped in the store too, after he goes checking for James and Carter. Stacy sends the guys the male stripper Stuart canceled for the girls.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Brian Buckner

  • How to Bury a Millionaire
    7.9/10 125 votes

    #11 - How to Bury a Millionaire

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 1999-11-16

    Mike and Caitlin agree to share the mayor on odd/even days. On Caitlin's day, Mike ""borrows"" the mayor to visit a kid who fell in a well. Unfortunately, they're 20 minutes late and the mayor falls in the now vacant well. Carter puts Rags in doggie day care. Paul appears on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and wins $1,000,000. Stuart negotiates with firemen.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Porn in the U.S.A.
    7.8/10 146 votes

    #12 - Porn in the U.S.A.

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 1997-10-01

    When Mike's new girlfriend, Laurie, bonds with Nikki, Mike must compete with his own staffer for Laurie's attention and free time. Meanwhile, Paul's bombshell mom dazzles his coworkers when she visits the office, and the Mayor is in a mess over an X-rated video.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Radio Daze
    7.8/10 152 votes

    #13 - Radio Daze

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 1997-10-29

    The Mayor agrees to a mock election with a popular disc jockey. Meanwhile, the women in the office compete for the affections of the water delivery man.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • There's Something About Heidi
    7.8/10 138 votes

    #14 - There's Something About Heidi

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 1998-09-29

    After Mike's picture with model Heidi Klum is in the tabloids, people assume he's dating her. But, he soon is after she asks him out. As a result, Nikki reveals to Carter that she has a secret crush on Mike. And The Mayor can't stop laughing at VERY inappropriate times.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Klumageddon (2)
    7.8/10 127 votes

    #15 - Klumageddon (2)

    Season 3 Episode 26 - Aired 1999-05-25

    Mike tries to convince Nikki that nothing is going on between himself and Heidi Klum. The mayor doesn't understand that Janelle wants to break up with him. Janelle gets Mike to do it for her, but Nikki overhears Mike talking to Carter about it and thinks that Mike is going to break up with her. After Rags poops in his shoe, Stuart gives him to Heidi. Nikki breaks up with Mike. The next day, there is tension in the office. Carter tells Nikki the truth. She goes to Mike's apartment where Mike is hung over. As he goes back into his room to put on his pants, Heidi sits up in his bed...

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Bill Callahan

  • About Last Night
    7.8/10 110 votes

    #16 - About Last Night

    Season 4 Episode 20 - Aired 2000-04-19

    With the President coming to visit City Hall, Mike is upset when Caitlin gets to meet him instead until plans change. The rest of the staff gathers at the bar, where Caitlin joins them. Nikki and Carter bet on who can pick up more women. Stuart tries to get Caitlin drunk; he succeeds and she leaves a drunken message for Mike. Paul tries to get James to help take his picture with the President.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Tad Quill

  • The Competition
    7.7/10 182 votes

    #17 - The Competition

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 1996-11-26

    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 press. James has trouble breaking up with a longtime girlfriend visiting from Wisconsin.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Sarah Dunn

  • Dog Day Afternoon
    7.7/10 178 votes

    #18 - Dog Day Afternoon

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 1996-12-10

    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 Carter lose the canine's body. And Mike buys an air hockey table for the staff proving Stuart a very big talker.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: N/A

  • Kiss Me, Stupid
    7.7/10 169 votes

    #19 - Kiss Me, Stupid

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 1997-02-11

    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, and Paul's romantic evening with Claudia becomes unforgettable for all the wrong reasons.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Sarah Dunn

  • My Life is a Soap Opera
    7.7/10 133 votes

    #20 - My Life is a Soap Opera

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 1997-11-12

    When Mike begins dating Lisa, a writer from the soap opera ""All My Children,"" he starts to see their dating life echoed on episodes of the popular serial: A new hunk named Mick Flannery joins ""All My Children"" and woos the resident vixen, Gillian--until she reveals their bedroom secrets to Edmund. Meanwhile, Stuart plays gay in order to get dates with beautiful women.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Gentleman's Agreement
    7.7/10 134 votes

    #21 - Gentleman's Agreement

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 1998-01-28

    Mike tries to dissuade the Mayor from joining a club for males only. Stuart joins the City Hall all-female reading group. Paul schools James in playing three-card monty.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Tim Hobert

  • Deaf Man Walking
    7.7/10 133 votes

    #22 - Deaf Man Walking

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 1998-02-25

    Stacey's grandmother puts a curse on Mike after he convinces her to move out, into Manhattan. The Mayor is concerned he's losing his hearing. And there's a void in Stuart's life after he is moved upstairs and is not allowed to make sarcastic comments anymore.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Gone with the Wind
    7.7/10 138 votes

    #23 - Gone with the Wind

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 1998-10-06

    Mike prepares to have sex with Heidi Klum for the first time. After ""it"", Heidi asks Mike to keep their relationship a secret. James receives his Aunt Sarah's ashes in the mail; his Aunt Sarah was a cow. Mike daydreams while making a statement to the press and accidentally reveals his relationship with Heidi; she breaks up with him. Paul's new fan creates problems for Aunt Sarah (take a wild guess).

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Quest for Fire
    7.7/10 130 votes

    #24 - Quest for Fire

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 1998-11-10

    Paul has moved to Harlem and is annoying Carter and Janelle because he thinks that he's black. The Mayor is preparing to run the Olympic torch around City Hall, but can't because the Nigerian speed walker supposed to deliver the torch to him has disappeared, lost in the city. Mike struggles with the fact that he can't live without his job, while trying to take a vacation. Nikki finds a ringer to pose as her boyfriend, for them to have dinner with Mike. Stacy spills the beans to Mike about Nikki's feelings for him.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Local Hero
    7.7/10 133 votes

    #25 - Local Hero

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 1998-12-08

    The staff prepares for the Mayor's costume ball. Stuart tries to break up with Deidre. And after Mike sets Stacy up with a councilman to get his vote, she likes the set-up as the councilman plays the hero.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A