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"Wings" is a sitcom set at a fictional airfield in Nantucket. The two-airline "Tom Nevers Field" is the scene where brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, played by Tim Daly and Steven Webber respectively, hold sway. Nantucket's actual airport was used for exterior shots although the show was filmed before a live studio audience in Hollywood. Joe is the responsible brother taking care of business for tiny, one-airplane Sandpiper Air. Brian Hackett is the carefree, irresponsible younger brother.

Crystal Bernard, Thomas Haden, Tony Shalhoub, David Schramm, and Rebecca Schull also starred in the ensemble comedy. Bernard is Helen Chappel Hackett, a Nantucket airport lunch counter operator. Haden is Lowell Mather, blathering handyman. Shalhoub, later of "Monk" fame, plays Alekio, an Italian immigrant taxi cab operator. Fay played by Schull is a retired flight attendant lending motherly advice. Roy, played by Schramm, is foil for the Hackett brothers. He owns Sandpiper arch-rival Aeromass with seven airplanes.

"Cheers" show runners David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee followed up with "Wings" before also creating "Frasier." Characters from "Cheers" and "Frasier" sometimes crossed over into "Wings" episodes. The show has won BMI Film and TV Awards and the TV Land Award.

NBC
8 Seasons, 174 Episodes
April 19, 1990
Comedy
7.3/10
Cast: Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard, David Schramm
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  • Joe and Helen go to Vienna so Helen can fulfill her dream as a cellist. Brian and Casey take over Joe and Helen's jobs. Antonio goes to jail.

  • Joe and Brian find riches at the same time Helen learns she can't play the cello.

  • Joe and Brian find riches at the same time Helen learns she can't play the cello.

  • Joe and Brian enter a boxing match.

  • Joe tries to overcome his fear of the circus. Brian and Casey are dating a mother and son.

  • Helen isn't allowed to marry Roy.

  • Joe and Brian hire a gorgeous temp; Antonio is fired from his job.

  • Brian is heartbroken when he learns his dream girl is 12 years old. Antonio is put in charge of Joe and Helen's safety.

  • Kicked out by Joe and Helen, Brian and Casey move into a new home with the help of a new roommate Antonio. Whose money goes into the house, but who body is still living with his girlfriend Elise. But things suddenly become crowded when Antonio is dumped and has to move back home. Meanwhile, Joe and Helen's fling with nudism has them being threatened with blackmail, when the neighbor kids snap photo's of them (which end up on the internet).

  • Brian and Helen's trip to New York to see "Rent" turns into a nightmare when the theatre refuses to transfer the tickets from Helen's benefactor to her. Even worse a con-man robs them of their money and Helen is forced to compete in a drag queen contest in order to get the money to get home. Meanwhile, A bad back leaves Joe in the house alone with a suddenly

  • Brian saves the day when he lands a plane.

  • Joe buys a new state-of-the-art vacuum cleaner, only to learn that its lifetime guarantee doesn't hold.

  • Joe and Helen's sex life gets wrapped into Roy's relationship with a TV talk show host.

  • This year, Christmas Eve is spent in a cab with a nun and in a department store basement hiding from carolers.

  • The real reason Clayton Industries purchased Sandpiper is revealed.

  • Sandpiper Air begins to fly for a country music tour. When the tour falls apart, the new owner disappears.

  • When Sandpiper's plane is repossessed, Joe and Brian must sell the airline.

  • Casey encourages Brian to use his insurance money to open a martini bar, offering to help Brian manage it. But things go awry immediately when the first customer through the door slips and falls on the floor. Brian's problems are compounded when he learns Casey never got insurance.

  • When a passenger leaves a cooler containing "the gift of life" in the terminal, the gang feels responsible for returning it.

  • The suicide hotline proves to be good for Antonio. Helen competes with a gourmet food cart.

  • Joe and Helen find themselves celebrating their first anniversary at a "Singles Mingle.

  • Brian's vow to find a deeper, more meaningful relationship is tested by beautiful but dumb Dani. Meanwhile, Joe tries to deal with the fact that one of his best friends didn't invite him to his wedding.

  • Joe and Helen learn to deal with their "overly neighborly" neighbors.

  • Joe and Helen have to explain how they torched Brian's house. An insurance investigator is suspicious of the whole scenario.

  • Joe and Helen find the house of their dreams.

  • Casey's husband, Stuart, returns after being gone for two years.

  • Joe and Brian visit a strip club to see a former high school classmate dance.

  • The unearthing of a 20-year old time capsule is occasion for Joe, Brian, Helen and Casey to reflect on what kind of a future they envisioned themselves having as kids. Joe dreamed of being a pitcher for the Red Sox, Brian dreamed of being a Suave Secret Agent, and Casey dreamed of being a supermodel. But Helen's only dream came true (she wanted to marry Joe).

  • Antonio meets the girl of his dreams, but then loses her.

  • Helen and Joe finally find the perfect contractor to build their home. However, he falls to pieces and stops working when his wife kicks him out.

  • On the verge of losing her job with the Tourism Board, Casey sees a solution when her sister city idea is excepted. But things go downhill when Brian sleeps with the visiting princess of the prospective sister city, Khirinan. Meanwhile, Antonio offers to take the little princesses for their hair care appointment. It turns out to be two dogs, which he promptly loses.

  • Antonio takes a high-paying job but suspects his boss is linked to the mob.

  • Crazy Sandy Cooper returns to Nantucket to have Joe's baby.

  • Brian falls in love, midflight, with his only passenger on Valentine's Day.

  • Sandpiper Air is boycotted after Antonio won't let a famous sports figure board the plane.

  • Fay decides to marry after a whirlwind romance with a man she met on a cruise ship.

  • R.J., Roy Biggins's estranged gay son, returns to Nantucket to celebrate his father's birthday and confronts him about his lifestyle.

  • Joe and Brian are reunited with their grandfather, Jack Hackett, who Helen and Casey discover is an imposter.

  • Helen and Joe baby-sit their friend's little girl and dump their childhood neuroses on her.

  • Helen and Joe fight over the plans for their new home and Joe has a terrible dream that seems like reality.

  • Brian gains more than 100 pounds and is forced to join Eat-A-Holics, where he realizes that his outrageous weight gain is because he feels rejected by his recently married brother, Joe, now that Joe has less time to spend with him.

  • Joe and Helen meet the famous architect Y.M. Burg, who, out of sympathy, offers to design their new traditional dream home. Brian hires a new mechanic with a secret.

  • Joe and Helen reap unexpected benefits after getting a large insurance settlement from Helen's house having burned down. But Joe soon faces the task of stopping Helen's shopping spree, before it leaves them broke. Meanwhile, Brian and Casey try to find something in common and Antonio returns to Edna, "The Big Faced Girl".

  • Antonio is depressed that he is destined to be alone, so Joe and Brian unknowingly arrange a date with a prostitute.

  • Lowell returns to Nantucket after seeing America and immediately needs to fly to Boston to repair one of Roy's planes. While in Boston, Lowell witnesses a gangland murder and is forced to enter the Federal Witness Protection Program.

  • Joe and Brian are paid to fly the deceased old man Kingsbury back to Nantucket and accidentally bring back the wrong body -- so Joe has to pose as a corpse.

  • Joe is insistent on throwing his brother out of his life until he receives a visit from the ghost of his father.

  • Returning from an idyllic honeymoon in the sunny tropics, Joe and Helen learn their house has burned to the ground.

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