220 votes


NBC 1990

The series Wings, could best be described as Cheers 2, as it followed much the same pattern as the other series did. The similarities are numerous, such as both being easy going character comedies and being produced by the same team (David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee). The main difference being the setting. Instead of a Boston bar being the main setting, a small airport terminal on the island of Nantucket was used as the main backdrop.The regular "gang" included brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, both pilots, who ran a one-plane local commuter service called Sandpiper Air. They had little else in common. Joe was button-down, organized and serious, and Brian, a hang loose, free spirit. Thier mutual best friend since childhood was Helen, a once chubby but now beautiful aspiring concert cellist who ran the lunch counter. These three lifelong friends were the "three musketeers".The other regulars included, Faye, Sandpipers rather flighty but always perky, sixtyish ex-stewardess who ran the ticket counter; Lowell Mather, the eccentric airport mechanic and Roy, the loud mouth blow hard who ran rival airline Aeromass.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Wings

Wings - S8E24

#1 - Final Approach (2)


Season 8 - Episode 24

Joe and Brian are divided over their new-found inheritance:Joe wants to expand the business,and Brian wants the money to leave Nantucket and the tedium of his job.Joe's agony over the dissolving of the partnership is further complicated when he learns of Helen's earth shaking news:she's been invited to study cello in Vienna with the world's greatest cellist.Joe is prepared to sacrifice Sandpiper to help Helen finally live her dream.But it is Brian who makes the final sacrifice,by postponing his and Casey's move to the Carribean,in order to run Sandpiper for one year while Joe and Helen are away in Vienna.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Wings from 5 votes.

Wings - S7E3

#2 - Death Becomes Him


Season 7 - Episode 3

The sad news of Richard Kingsbury's death in Miami is occasion for celebration at Sandpiper, as Kingbury's oldest daughter hires the Hackett's to bring the body back to Nantucket for the Memorial. But the brother's fly the wrong body back to the island, and it's up to Joe to impersonate the late Kingsbury at the funeral.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Wings from 14 votes.

Wings - S2E15

#3 - My Brother's Back and There's Gonna Be Trouble


Season 2 - Episode 15

When Joe's back goes out and forces him into a stay at the hospital,Brian takes over Sandpiper.His eagerness is soon deflated,when all his new ideas (like inviting some Travel Agents for an all expenses paid trip to Nantucket) and crazy promotions (painting the Sandpiper logo on the back of a crab and giving them to passengers)turns into a disastrous mess. When Joe returns he finds the Airport in complete chaos,with the Marching band and the team mascot ready to board the plane for a world record attempt,and Brian looking for the plane after he misplaced it.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Wings from 21 votes.

Wings - S5E3

#4 - Bye-Bye, Bunny


Season 5 - Episode 3

Lowell and Bunny make their seperation final by signing the divorce papers,but as Joe and Brian discover the next morning,they again start sleeping together.Lowell begins thinking the marriage can be saved,until he finds out that Bunny has a fiance in Boston. Meanwhile,Antonio consoles a woman named Betty,via a cellular phone left in his cab, by her cheating husband.Fay is soon in on the plot as she too talks to her daily.But it's soon revealed that Betty's husband came to Nantucket to have an affair,but couldn't go through with it.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Wings from 15 votes.

Wings - S5E8

#5 - Joe Blows (2)


Season 5 - Episode 8

With gone to parts unknown,the heavy burden of running Sandpiper falls on Brian's shoulders.But it's soon revealed through his credit card statement that Joe is in Brian old stomping grounds,Mustique.Brian travels down to get Joe back,but ends buying Sandpiper from for a dollar.After struggling to right Sandpiper,Brian finally seems to have things under control when Joe returns.Brian unwilling to relinquish control of the airline,but Joe only wants Brian's old job,the two finally agree to be partners.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Wings from 17 votes.

Wings - S5E7

#6 - Joe Blows (1)


Season 5 - Episode 7

The day starts of bad for Joe when a passenger threatens a lawsuit if his lost luggage isn't returned by the end of the day.After he struggles to trace the luggage,the pthers intrude their concerns into his life.Antonio wants Joe to co-sign a loan for a new cab.Helen wants advice about what to do with her relationship with Davis.Brian wants Joe to ask Alex about their disappointing first night as lovers.Roy annoys everyone by showing off his new radio commercial for AeroMass.Fay wants Joe to talk to the town council about stopping them from moving one of her dead husbands into a another graveyard with her other dead husband.Lowell guns the motor on his Harley, raising the level of noise in Joe's office.And when Joe's relief at giving the passenger his luggage is blunted by the man's insistence that someone else pay for the scratches on it,he finally loses it.Tired of his stressful life,Joe leaves Nantucket.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Wings from 19 votes.

Wings - S2E16

#7 - Plane Nine from Nantucket


Season 2 - Episode 16

During a cargo flight,Brian and Joe see a UFO. Despite Joe's concerns about bringing down unfavorable media attention to Sandpiper, Brian reports the sighting to the FAA. Brian's report is ignored by the federal agents, but not by the UFO Society that visits afterward. Unfortunately, when Joe and Brian agree to take the group and a reporter up to see if they can see the UFO again, the UFO society shows it's true colors. Meanwhile, Helen informs Fay she still owes her money on the lunch bill, which Fay insists she payed. They end up resorting to an arm wrestling contest to settle the dispute.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Wings from 22 votes.

Wings - S2E21

#8 - Murder She Roast


Season 2 - Episode 21

While the brother's house is being fumigated,Brian is forced to stay with Fay,because Joe refuses to let him stay with him at Helen's.As Brian soon learns it's not that bad staying with Fay,that is until he thinks it's her being featured on the "Most Wanted" show he is watching. Fay makes Brian a "Farewell" dinner,and an anxious forces Joe and Helen to attend as well.But that still doesn't stop Fay from knocking out both brother's accidentally with a frozen leg of lamb,she had planned to cook for dinner the next night.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Wings from 21 votes.

Wings - S3E3

#9 - The Taming of the Shrew


Season 3 - Episode 3

Concerned by Helen's persistent anger over her break up with Joe,the rest of the group convince her to seek with help with the transition group.Though the group turns out to be a senior citizen's group,Helen realizes the true source of her pain and finally has a reconciliation with Joe.But it doesn't save Joe's poor office from Helen's jeep;though it's Joe who accidentally plows through his office this time. Meanwhile, after escorting Helen to the group meeting, Brian becomes obsessed with talking about Carol and takes over the group.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Wings from 18 votes.

Wings - S3E15

#10 - This Old House


Season 3 - Episode 15

The news that the Hackett's old house has been condemned due to storm damage has the two brother's trying to save it. But all efforts fail (including Roy's voting against saving it on the town council), so the gang all visit the house one more time before the wrecking ball is scheduled to level the place. Reliving their unhappy childhoods, Joe and Brian realize how miserable their memories of the house really are, and they decide to get a head start on the wrecking ball by doing a little demolishing of their own. Belatedly, they find out that the house has been saved by the historic committee.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Wings from 17 votes.

Wings - S5E15
#11 - Say Uncle, Carlton
Season 5 - Episode 15

To help pay of his new used cab,Antonio gets a job as a chauffeur...for Carlton Blanchard.Things get even worse when Carlton's equally annoying Nephew Lewis arrives on Nantucket to attend Carlton's Retired Businessman of the Year banquet.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Wings from 16 votes.

Wings - S7E5
#12 - Hooker, Line and Sinker
Season 7 - Episode 5

To lift Antonio's spirits after he's dumped by the "Big Faced Girl," Joe and Brian set him up with a girl at the Club Car only to discover later that she's a very expensive hooker.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Wings from 16 votes.

Wings - S7E1
#13 - Burnin' Down the House (1)
Season 7 - Episode 1

Joe and Helen return from their honeymoon in Jamaica to recieve bad news; a night of passion between Brian and Casey in Helen's house results in a devastating fire. That Leaves Brian kicked out of the house and Sandpiper by Joe.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Wings from 14 votes.

Wings - S2E22
#14 - Duet for Cello and Plane
Season 2 - Episode 22

Much to Joe's surprise,Helen wins a job with the Maine State Symphony.But when Helen comes to Joe and tells him she would stay if he only asked,the discussion turns into a huge fight involving a fire extinguisher and a grease gun.Then comes the unwelcome news that the Symphony has lost there funding and there is no job.Joe prepares to apologize but,Helen's ready to leave;tired of not getting anywhere with her musical career,she decides to leave Nantucket for New York City.When Joe does ask her to stay,she leaves anyway. Meanwhile,a confused looking woman who doesn't speak english and has been hanging around the airport gains Fay's sympathy and Roy's Hostility.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Wings from 20 votes.

Wings - S5E9
#15 - 2 Good 2 B 4 Gotten
Season 5 - Episode 9

When news arrives that Sandy Cooper is returning to Nantucket, Joe fears her high school obsession with him will return,but the others think he's imagining things.Joe's fears are soon realized when he goes to help her move some books from her basement,and it becomes their prom night all over again. Meanwhile,Antonio tries to raise money to send his family and Roy is worried about a visit from his cranky mother.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Wings from 20 votes.

#16 - As Fate Would Have It
Season 3 - Episode 22

When Helen accidently spills soup all over a man's expensive Italian suit,she thinks her fortunes have sunk to their lowest.But it turns out the man is the managing Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra,and in a bizarre twist of fate,she ends up with a job as a cellist,with her first performance scheduled for that very night.Her happiness is tempered though when everyone except Roy has other committments and can't attend.But suddenly those disappear and soon they are on there way to Boston.But then yet another hurdle presents itself,as one of the planes engines on Joe's Twin engine Cessna dies.Just as things are looking up,Helen's luck runs out as the other engine dies and they go plunging into the atlantic.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Wings from 19 votes.

Wings - S6E23
#17 - Nuptials Off
Season 6 - Episode 23

When Helen discovers that she and Antonio are still married (by finding papers under her cash register),she turns to Roy for help.He convinces her she needs to fly to Mexico over the weekend to get a quickie divorce,but that means sending Joe out of town on a weekend fly fishing trip.But Helen's plan are strained when Antonio brings in a priest for an annulment and Joe's flight is delayed.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Wings from 18 votes.

#18 - Stew in a Stew
Season 3 - Episode 14

Fay is understanding when Joe tells her he won't be able to give her a raise,but when she sees the brother's gloating over a pair of new leather flight jackets,she quits.She accepts a position at Aeromass,while Joe struggles at Sandpiper.After Brian tells the story of how they met years ago,there differences are finally resolved.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Wings from 17 votes.

Wings - S3E10
#19 - The Late Mrs. Biggins
Season 3 - Episode 10

Pressured by questions, Roy reveals his wife Sylvia is not dead after all, but living in Boston, after having deserted him abruptly sixteen years ago. In the company of Brian, Roy flies to Boston to win his wife back. Roy's efforts are for naught, however, as Sylvia refuses to leave her life as the wife of a rich plastic surgeon to return to Nantucket with him.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Wings from 21 votes.

Wings - S3E5
#20 - If Elected, I Will Not Live
Season 3 - Episode 5

When Roy's competition for the town council drops out,the gang convince Joe to run against him.But the surprise endorsement of Joe's campaign manager Fay,by the local newspaper,gives Roy more competition than he can handle.So Roy concocts a plan,involving a story about how he has never won anything his entire life.Touched by Roy's story of his embarrassing failures in grade school,Fay throws the election.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Wings from 20 votes.

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