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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 19, 1990
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
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  • Starring: Timothy Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard
  • Summary: The series Wings, could best be described as Cheers 2, as it followed much the same pattern as the other series did. The similarities are numerous, such as both being easy going character comedies and being produced by the same team (David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee). The main difference being the setting. Instead of a Boston bar being the main setting, a small airport terminal on the island of Nantucket was used as the main backdrop. The regular "gang" included brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, both pilots, who ran a one-plane local cummuter service called Sandpiper Air. They had little else in common. Joe was button-down, organized and serious, and Brian, a hang loose, free spirit. Thier mutual best friend since childhood was Helen, a once chubby but now beautiful aspiring concert cellist who ran the lunch counter. These three lifelong friends were the "three musketeers". The other regulars included, Faye, Sandpipers rather flighty but always perky, sixtyish ex-stewardess who ran the ticket counter; Lowell Mather, the eccentric airport mechanic and Roy, the loud mouth blow hard who ran rival airline Aeromass. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Rick Kogan
    Aug 1, 2013
    80
    Written with a pen dipped in the clever-caustic "Cheers" well, it's high-spirited and clever. Most viewers will want to book future flights. [19 Apr 1990, p.21]
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Aug 5, 2013
    70
    This slick new sitcom, from three former producer/writers of Cheers, might be accused of gliding along too smoothly, as opposed to soaring. But what a pleasant journey it promises to be. [19 Apr 1990, p.3D]
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Siegel
    Aug 5, 2013
    67
    The writing is as snappy as it is on "Cheers," but not nearly as seamless. For every good joke there's a dud, often two duds, and that's not good enough. Worse, a formula is beginning to emerge that could become as tiresome as the formulas for less sophisticated comedies. [16 Apr 1990, p.27]
  4. Reviewed by: Andy Edelstein
    Aug 1, 2013
    60
    The writing is occasionally sharp and observational, but the first episode relied too often on smarmy, anatomically based humor. [19 Apr 1990, p.9]
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Aug 5, 2013
    50
    More of a let-down than a pick-me-up. [19 Apr 1990, p.E9]
  6. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Aug 1, 2013
    50
    If Wings wants a long run, it would do well to lay off the plane crash jokes and the sexist bits. It has the cast and concept to go places. [19 Apr 1990, p.F1]
  7. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Aug 1, 2013
    40
    The bickering of the brothers -- who spend most of the half hour trying run down an anticipated inheritance from their deceased father -- quickly flattens into a tedious monotone. Loosen your seat belts. [19 Apr 1990, p.F10]

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