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Wings - The Complete First and Second Seasons (1990)

Tim Daly , Steven Weber , James Burrows , Noam Pitlik  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard, Thomas Haden Church, David Schramm
  • Directors: James Burrows, Noam Pitlik
  • Writers: Bill Diamond, Bruce Rasmussen, Bryan Winter, Dave Hackel, David Angell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 642 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,708 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wings - The Complete First and Second Seasons" on IMDb

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  • 6 first-season episodes and 22 second-season episodes on four discs

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Brothers Brian and Joe Hackett (Steven Weber and Timothy Daly) attempt to run a Nantucket-based airline while surrounded by their various wacky friends and employees. Series featured an outstanding supporting cast, including Crystal Bernard, Thomas Haden Church (Sideways), Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Amy Yasbeck. Solidly funny sitcom that ran for several years.

A popular and well-regarded comedy that ran for eight seasons in the '90s, Wings was created by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee, the team that worked together on Cheers and later created Frasier. Tim Daly and Steven Weber play two brothers, Joe and Brian Hackett, respectively, who parted ways many years ago when a woman left Joe to marry Brian. Joe, the straitlaced do-everything-right brother, is running Sandpiper Air, a small airline on the island of Nantucket that runs commuter flights to the New England coast, when he reluctantly offers a job to Brian, the carefree brother who's also a pilot. Others who work at the airport are Helen (Crystal Bernard), the former girl-next-door who now works the lunch counter and aspires to be a professional cello player; Lowell (Thomas Haden Church), the not-all-there mechanic; Roy (David Schramm), the owner of the rival airline AeroMass; and Fay, who handles Sandpiper's front desk. Over the short (six episodes) first season, Joe and Brian develop romantic triangles over both Helen and Brian's ex-wife, Carol (Kim Johston Ulrich), and Brian tries to set up Joe with the island tramp (Megan Mullaly). In the second season, the romantic entanglements continue, Joe develops a health problem that keeps him from flying, and we meet the last major member of the cast, Italian cab driver Antonio Scarpacci (Tony Shalhoub). Guest stars include Cheers' George Wendt and John Ratzenberger, Abraham Benrubi (ER) as Roy's son, and David Ogden Stiers as a conductor whom Helen tries to impress. While much of the regular cast faded from view after Wings, Shalhoub and Church garnered critical acclaim for their work on Monk and Sideways, respectively. --David Horiuchi

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156 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Wings' Takes Comedy To New Heights March 17, 2006
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'Wings' is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, if not the greatest. Very few shows offer as many constant laughs and endearing, heart warming stories with characters that became comedy legends. Who can forget Joe Hackett, the patriarch of the airport family, or his brother Brian, the casanova ladies' man who always had problems in the game of love. Then there's Helen Chappel, future wife of Joe and proprietor of the airport's snackbar, who was always pulling out hairs due to the crazy antics of her co-workers. Then there's Roy Biggins, the sleazy, slick yet somehow still lovable manager who's constantly scheming new ways to make a buck. Sort of like Roy's arch-nemesis, Fay Cochran is like everyone's grandmother: sweet, caring, funny with a bit of a mischevious side. Next is Lowell Mather, the bumbling, goofy but always well-intentioned plane mechanic who consistently brought golden comedy moments. A character that was introduced later on but who became an invaluable addition to the cast was Antonio Scarpacci, played by Tony Shalhoub who has gone on to further fame with his TV hit series entitled 'Monk'. Antonio's subtle, slightly neurotic portrayal of an insecure immigrant brought a great deal of humor as well as heart to the show, a character who nearly everyone could empathize with. Finally, a character who didn't enter 'Wings' until a few seasons later but added a tremendous amount to the show's comedy was Casey Davenport, actress Amy Yasbeck and widow of the late great John ritter. She played the on again off again girlfriend of Brian Hackett, and together they shared many hilarious episodes as they failed at dating. Read more ›
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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A great comedy series like WINGS deserves a better release than this.

The Video Quality is blurry, washed out and very fuzzy.

Unlike HOGANS HEROES and other CBS/Paramount TV series that have finally been released on DVD lately with EXCELLENT video quality... it appears they used some low quality prints or even VHS copies of old shows to make the DVD transfers here on WINGS.

I give the series 10 stars !!! but the poor DVD transfer lowers the rating to a 4 since they are hard to watch with this substandard release.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, bad video quality May 27, 2006
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Next to Friends, this is my favorite TV show and I was so excited to get it on DVD. The picture quality is poor--almost blurry. I also have TV shows from the 50's on DVD and the quality is crisp, sharp, great contrast - why couldn't CBS do that for this wonderful show? Very disappointing.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Show! Poor DVD transfer August 21, 2006
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This has always been one of my favorite TV shows because of the outstanding creation of characters by a cast of gifted performers. There's not a bad performance in the lot. The stories are a quick, focused, witty 22 minutes each. The dialogue is crisp, the characters are on the mark in each episode. The production values are quite good. The price is just right. Alas, I will have to award it only 3 stars and state outright that I will be watching any remaing episodes on cable TV. I will not pay any amount of money, no matter how small, for DVD's whose picture quality is no better than a video tape running at LP speed. I have many TV shows on DVD, and none is as poor as these are. The sound is clean, crisp, and clear. Why not the picture? I'm not an expert in the technical aspects of a DVD, but could it be because of the number of episodes squeezed on one side of each disc? There is something to be said for double sided discs if price is a concern. I have a number of double sided TV shows and movies as well (Abbott and Costello series of films, for example)and I have no cmplaints. ALL are of better quality than these. I played them on another player just to be sure. It's the discs! The only way I have to protest sloppy products is not to purchase any more in the series. Sad - I love the show.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wait is finally over March 1, 2006
Like so many others, I have been waiting for this show to be released on DVD for a long time. I don't know what took so long, but I'm thrilled that it's finally going to happen. I can't wait. Wings is one of my all time favorite shows. The characters are terrific; people that you can love and care about. Here's to releasing all the seasons!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, I LOVE it! March 20, 2006
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I LOVE Wings. I used to come home from work everyday and flip on this show and totally unwind. Never a lousy or mediocre episode. I would laugh like a fool at the antics of the mismatched cast. Great, funny writing. I can't wait to get my mitts on this DVD. It's about time!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Quality TV to watch again! February 28, 2006
By Jack K.
I've been waiting for Wings on DVD for years! One of the best comedies ever on TV. I hope they don't wait too long to put out the rest of the series!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! May 16, 2006
Created by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee, all producers of the critically acclaimed Cheers and writers for its hit spin-off Frasier, Wings shares many of the same attributes of the popular bar "where everybody knows your name". Just as each episode of Cheers mostly took place in the Beacon Street pub, each episode of Wings takes place in Nantucket airport. Cheers maintains a friendly rivalry with Gary's Old Towne Tavern, while Sandpiper Air has a friendly rivalry with Aeromass owner Roy Biggins. And just like Cheers, the strength of Wings is built upon great writing and eccentric, well-developed characters. From the moment you hear the memorable and soothing Schubert theme song, you'll want to be transported away to this quiet island of lovable and hilarious characters...

Wings centers around the lives of two brothers, Joe (Tim Daly) and Brian Hackett (Steven Weber), who run a fledgling airline on the northeast vacation island of Nantucket. The two are assisted by sarcastic stewardess Faye Cochran (Rebecca Schull) and oddball mechanic Lowell Mather (Thomas Haden Church). Responsible and dependable, Joe attempts to keep the struggling business afloat in the face of fierce competition from chief rival Aeromass and its seedy owner Roy Biggins (David Schramm). But compounding Joe's problems is the unreliability of his younger brother Brian who is more of a free spirit and spontaneous adventurer. The terminal lunch counter is owned by the Hackett's childhood friend Helen Chapel (Crystal Bernard), an aspiring cellist with a quick wit. Superbly written, Wings is at times nutty and absurd, but it's always funny and the characters will quickly earn a place in your heart. It's by far one of the best situation comedies of its era...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Product and Fast Shipping.
Published 5 days ago by Movie Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny show
Good show. Got better as it went along.
Published 24 days ago by csrn925
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by mikiej
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Clay Boy
3.0 out of 5 stars WINGS is a good comedy sitcom shame distributor does not treat it...
Adequate video quality. No subtitles or other captioning is indicative of overall mediocore product. Container stacks multiple disks on single spindle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Not My Real Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Plus the show is just plain funny! I will be ordering the whole series
How refreshing to find a female role (Helen) who is independent and her own person! Plus the show is just plain funny! Read more
Published 2 months ago by valerie morse
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying with Wings
I am new fan of this show....just after the first season I am a fan ,,,,, great writing, great plots.....great show.
Published 2 months ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny series.
Published 2 months ago by Michelle M. Draughon
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It's not as funny as we hoped. Seemed funny when it was originally on.
Published 2 months ago by susan heister
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorite shows. A real bargain at this price
One of my all time favorite shows. A real bargain at this price. There are no bonus features but the picture quality is fine.
Published 2 months ago by Traci Brock
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