Granted this show was set in the Mayors office, but I doubt it was that politically based either. It was more around the office atmosphere itself - the staff, their relationships, and their lives.
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It was based on both. Politics and lives of the staff. In fact, the Mayor's politics played a big part in the show, especially towards the end of run as the Mayor runs for senator.
The Mayor's office wasn't backdrop. It was integral to the show.
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It could have lasted a long time with MJF
He was so cute and likeable
The show wasn't about anything directly linked to 9/11 other than being set in NY.
Friends carried on as normal. The show ended because it went downhill after MJF left. That's all.