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Pan Am is television series that follows the adventures of a team of flight attendants and pilots as they work for Pan American Airlines in the 1960s. Because the series was based upon the stories from an actual flight attendant at the airline during the time period being featured, the show has a certain amount of credibility. The show also had a certain amount of international appeal thanks to the several exotic locations where the stories took place and the colorful characters that made appearances.

Although the show lasted only one season, it managed to win several awards, including one of Unsung Show of the Year. The series had a historical feel due to the old time feel of the airliners and the wardrobe used by the cast. The show used a soap opera like storyline of romances, betrayal, and drama to put the adventures of the characters into the spotlight. Thanks to some colorful embellishments, the series manages to stay interesting and riveting while still staying true to the historical roots of aviation. 

Pan Am used the careers of the various characters to advance all sorts of storylines. Everything from espionage to evacuation missions was undertaken by the commercial airline, and the members of the aircraft team play prominent roles in all sorts of missions. Viewers are also treated to a glimpse of air travel in its heyday, before cramped cabins and crowded planes transformed the industry. The series is as much a historical biography as it is a drama following characters through unimaginable circumstances.

As a television show, the serial drama might have had a short shelf life, but it manages to entertain viewers on a number of different levels. While some plot points are a little too mature for younger viewers, this show is geared to deliver enjoyment to a wide audience. Everything from the uniforms of the flight attendants to the inside of the airlines pays tribute to a bygone era and the show aims to tell the story from their point of view.

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1 Season, 14 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
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  • Since President Kennedy's assassination, everyone's lives have been turned upside down and are anticipating a new beginning.

  • Dean is surprised that Ginny follows him to Rome after their little fling.

  • Maggie reveals her reservations about Amanda to Ted; Dean can't stop thinking about Colette; Dean is accosted by the local customs officials, who are searching for a smuggler; Kate needs to learn a new talent as a pickpocket; and Laura is shocked to discover that the Life Magazine photographer, Graham, sold the nude photos he took of her to a gallery, where they are on display.

  • Dean is scheduled to fly the first-ever commercial flight to Moscow, but the day of departure, a veteran pilot takes the controls and makes Dean co-pilot.

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Amazon May Pick Up ABC's 'Pan Am'

With or without ABC, "Pan Am" may live on yet. There's apparent interest in reviving ABC's jettisoned period airline drama as a streaming-video original series, according to Deadline. ABC burned off its last new episode of the series three months ago, and made its cancelation official about two weeks ago. Just as recently, producer Sony Pictures TV has entered discussions with Amazon - who already streams the show's first season - about adding original episodes to the site's lineup.

'Pan Am' May (or May Not) Be Cancelled

So, is the "Pan Am" flight to hiatus Purgatory arriving on-time, or will it ultimately be delayed? E! News reports one star of the ABC airline drama, Karine Vanasse, tweeted earlier Tuesday that she'd received "THE call" that ABC would be axing the show following one last post-Christmas episode. An ABC rep then told E! that was a somewhat exaggerated claim. "Nothing has changed. We are not canceling 'Pan Am.' We are still in production and will continue to be in production finishing the original 13 episodes plus one more additional one," the mouthpiece said.

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First "The Playboy Club" headed on down the bunny trail, now "Pan Am" is looking like it could be next. The highly anticipated ABC series starring Christina Ricci and Kelli Garner is one of the network's most heavily promoted shows, and was expected to do well - even in a highly competitive timeslot owned by Sunday Night football and with an audience split by high quality Sunday night cable offerings, but has struggled in early ratings. According to Entertainment Weekly, "Pan Am" last night "took some serious hits in the adults 18-49 demographic.

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