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Wings - The Complete First and Second Seasons
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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 HoriuchiSee all Editorial Reviews
- 6 first-season episodes and 22 second-season episodes on four discs
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Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church as the dimwitted Lowell Mathers. There is Crystal Bernard who plays Helen Chapel, the woman who was an overweight child and now runs the lunch counter at the airport, of course I can't forget Roy Biggins played by the underappreciated David Schramm, and I love Fay Evelyn Cochran played by the divine and wonderful Rebecca Schull. The Hackett brothers' childhood wasn't functional since their father went crazy and their mother bailed out on them as kids.
Of course, they have their moments but the chemistry among the cast is what holds the show together. They genuinely care for each other onscreen and offscreen even with spoiler Roy Biggins who we get to know as a boy who suffered humiliation in his youth and grew up to be a tough owner of Aeromass airlines, the rival to the Hackett brother's airline, Sandpiper, which is just one airplane. The show also tackles issues like homosexuality when Roy's son played by Abraham Benrubi who was on "ER" and is now on "Men in Trees" comes out to his disappointment.
The show was never an Emmy winner although it did get nominations nor was it a critical hit but it was a beloved show because for thirty minutes, you just wanted to be in Nantucket and I still want to be in Nantucket if given the opportunity. I just wished that the DVD showed special features about this show.
The easy and welcome addition of Tony Shaloub (Antonio)in Season 3 kicks into high gear in "Marriage, Italian Style" and "Divorce, American Style" (episodes 1 and 2 on disc 3). In fact, disc 3 of Season 3 is one of my favorites. In "Stew in a Stew" we are given a peek into the childhood of Joe and Brian; which proves to be both bittersweet and humorous (a feat not successfully attained in most current sitcoms).
I will continue to enjoy these episodes again and again. It's great entertainment and some of the best comedy ever written for network sitcoms. Enjoy!
This box set will provide you with a lot of great entertainment. I hope you choose to support it so Paramount will have confidence to release further seasons. Two down, six to go!