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.
Cast & Characters
- Timothy Daly as Joe Hackett
- Stephen Weber as Brian Hackett
- Crystal Bernard as Helen Chapel
- Thomas Haden Church as Lowell Mather
- Rebecca Schull as Faye Cochran
- David Schramm as Roy Biggins
- Tony Shalhoub as Antonio Scarpacci
- Farrah Forke as Alex Lambert
- Amy Yasbeck as Casey Davenport
Broadcast HistoryFirst Telecast: April 19, 1990
Last Telecast: May 21, 1997
Original Network: NBC
Number of Seasons: 8
Number of Episodes: 172
Original Primetime TV Schedule:
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Theme Song & Opening Credits
The theme was a short version of a Franz Schubert piece, Piano sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959, IV. Rondo. Allegretto. Schubert received screen credit as the theme composer in every episode.
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Wings TriviaThere were only two airlines at the Nantucket airport. The one owned by Joe Hackett was called "Sandpiper Air" the other one was "AeroMass" owned by Roy Biggins.
Brian and Joe Hackett had been living separate lives for years. They were brought back together in the first Wings TV show episode by a series of notes left by their deceased father. He had set them up with a kind of "Treasure Hunt" where, if they followed directions from note to note, they would find their inheritance (supposedly a fortune). They didn't find anything until the final episode of Wings when another note turned up. This one ultimately led to them finding $250,000 in an airport locker. They ended out using the money to send Helen to Vienna, Austria to study the Cello!
During its first four seasons, the Wings TV show aired immediately following Cheers on NBC and there were some similarities between the two shows. The producers were the same for both Cheers and Wings. The cast on Wings congregated on a regular basis in the waiting area and at the lunch counter at the airport. The cast on Cheers did the same at the bar.
There is a Tom Nevers Field on Nantucket, but it's not the airport, it's a sports complex. The airport on Nantucket is Nantucket Memorial Airport.
The Club Car, which was often featured on the show, is a real restaurant on Nantucket.
The license number of Sandpiper's plane, N121-PP, always used the call sign "Cessna Nevada 1-2-1 Papa Papa" when referred to on the radio.
All of Fay Evelyn Schlob Dumbly DeVay Cochran's' ex-husbands are named George.