Trivia / Spin City

  • Actor Allusion: See the Crossover entry below.
    • In the noted Crossover above, Michael mentions his old therapist was like a father to him and wonders how the new guy can just fill that spot. Enter Michael Gross.
    • Meredith Baxter played Mike's mother.
    • Fox's wife Tracy Pollan appeared in one episode as an old girlfriend, and then in a third season episode along with most of the other ex-girlfriends seen on the show at that point.
    • For both Fox and Christopher Lloyd when the latter guest starred in "Back to the Future IV: Judgment Day."
      Mike: It's like stepping back in time.
      Owen: The past is prologue, Michael. Men like us have to look to the future!
    • In "All the Mayor's Men," Mike quotes Johnny B. Goode - his signature song from Back to the Future - as a Bible passage.
    • In "The Great Debate," the Mayor goads a political opponent with clucking. When Mike is asked what the Mayor is up to, he responds knowingly that he's "doing the chicken." Marty McFly could be goaded into anything if he was called a chicken.
    • When going to a hockey game, Stuart wears a jersey that Alan Ruck wore in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
    • This carried over to Charlie Sheen, his father Martin Sheen played his father on the show, and his then-girlfriend Denise Richards played one of his girlfriends on the show.
  • The Danza: Michael J. Fox as Michael Flaherty and Charlie Sheen as Charlie Crawford.
  • Enforced Method Acting: An unintentional example. Michael J. Fox stated once that after he announced he had Parkinson's Disease, many critics, as well as fans, commented that the Parkinson's symptoms he displayed in the show seemed to help his performance as they made Mike appear more flustered and stressed out.
  • Older Than They Look: Michael J. Fox was 35 when the show started. He looked somewhere in his early 20's.
    • Even after passing 50 and being diagnosed with a serious illness, he's never looked older than about 30.
  • The Other Darrin: Carter's pet Rags suddenly turns into a way more shaggy breed in a later season episode.
  • What Could Have Been: According to an interview with Jon Cryer, at an ABC upfront presentation, he was asked if Charlie Sheen would be a good match to replace Michael J. Fox (this was right after Sheen's first period of sobering up). Cryer later learned that he himself was on the list of potential Fox replacements and had essentially talked himself out of a job. Of course, Cryer and Sheen would later collaborate on a success of their own.