Wings (1990 TV series)

Created by
Theme music composer Franz Schubert
Opening theme Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D. 959, Rondo: Allegretto
Composer(s) Bruce Miller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 172 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–23 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release April 19, 1990 (1990-04-19) – May 21, 1997 (1997-05-21)

Wings is an American sitcom that ran for eight seasons on NBC from April 19, 1990, to May 21, 1997.[1] Starring Tim Daly and Steven Weber as brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, the show is set at the fictional "Tom Nevers Field" airport, a small two-airline airport in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where the Hackett brothers operate Sandpiper Air.

Other regulars include Crystal Bernard, David Schramm, Rebecca Schull, Thomas Haden Church, and Tony Shalhoub. Farrah Forke later joined the cast for two seasons. When Forke left, Amy Yasbeck joined the cast for the remainder of the show's run from 1994–1997. Thomas Haden Church left the show in spring 1995 to star in the Fox sitcom Ned and Stacey, and Brian Haley joined the cast as the new mechanic.

Wings was created and produced by Cheers veterans David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee. The trio would later create the sitcom Frasier, which was a spinoff of Cheers. Characters from Cheers occasionally made special guest appearances on Wings. All three series were produced by Paramount Network Television.

In the United Kingdom, the series aired on Sky One and Paramount Comedy Channel from 1991 to 1997.

Reruns of the show aired regularly on the USA Network from September 13, 1993, to June 16, 2000, and then sporadically after that, and again on Nick at Nite from January 2004 to June 2006. It can currently be seen on Antenna TV, Hulu Plus, Netflix (DVD only) and Comedy Gold.

Main characters


Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Tim Daly Joe Hackett Main
Steven Weber Brian Hackett Main
Crystal Bernard Helen Chappel-Hackett Main
Thomas Haden Church Lowell Mather Main Guest[n 1]
David Schramm Roy Biggins Main
Rebecca Schull Fay Cochran Main
Tony Shalhoub Antonio Scarpacci Guest[n 2] Main
Farrah Forke Alex Lambert Recurring Main Guest[n 3]
Amy Yasbeck Casey Chappel-Davenport Main
  1. Special guest in episode 4 The Person Formerly Known as Lowell
  2. Guest in episode 17 Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
  3. Guest in episode 19 Ex, Lies, and Videotape

Joseph Montgomery Hackett

Joe is a highly responsible, compulsively neat pilot who owns the one-plane airline Sandpiper Air on Nantucket Island. He dreamed of becoming a pilot as a child, and became the de facto patriarch of the Hackett family after their mother disappeared, causing their father to go insane and be institutionalized. He had initially intended to launch Sandpiper Air with his fiancee Carol behind the ticket counter, but his brother Brian ran off with her prior to the start of the series, causing a falling out between the brothers. He was played by Tim Daly. In the show, Joe is shown to be a big sports fan, supporting the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots and Boston Celtics. He also grew up playing baseball and football and played on both varsity teams in high school. Joe graduated Boston College and said he pledged a fraternity, but never mentioned which one.

Brian Michael Hackett

Brian is the more carefree of the Hackett brothers. His irresponsibility is often a source of consternation to older brother Joe; he had a "free ride" to Princeton and dropped out, was accepted into the astronaut training program at NASA and was soon expelled because he was too unreliable, saying that he would have become an astronaut if they let him take his dates into the simulator, and has lost other lucrative opportunities due to his chronic irresponsibility. Ironically, even times when Brian has attempted responsibility it has caused problems for Joe. Brian had managed to hold down a job by flying charter flights in the Caribbean island of Mustique, but this also embolded him to seduce Carol and run off to Mustique with him, which caused a rift between the brothers to the point that Joe cut Brian out of his life. When Carol left Brian for another man and Donald Hackett died, Brian returned to Nantucket, and Joe was eventually persuaded not only to allow him to move into his house, but to give Brian a job at Sandpiper Air (after some posthumous support from the father). Brian is a shameless womanizer for most of the series, but has two significant relationships: the first with helicopter pilot Alex Lambert, and then with Casey Chappel Davenport, Helen's older sister (see below). He was played by Steven Weber.

While Wings was on the air, Weber reprised the role of Brian on an episode of Duckman titled "Role with It".

Helen Chappel Hackett

Helen is a petite blonde who, despite having lived on Nantucket for most of her life, speaks with a Texas drawl. In the series, it is explained that Helen's family moved to the island from Texas when she was a child. Though Helen dreams of playing the cello in a large symphony orchestra, she runs the lunch counter in the airport terminal and never really manages to get a music career off the ground until the final episode. Occasionally Helen would also earn money teaching children the cello. A running gag in regard to her music is that bad luck would always seem to follow her in her playing. Examples of this bad luck included her having to join a string quartet of neurotic individuals as that was the only group at the time who would accept her. Other instances were: Helen getting accepted to a state-run symphony, only to soon learn the state legislature eliminated the funding; the Boston Symphony Orchestra appreciated a cassette of her cello playing, but they lost the label and had no way to contact her; when she finally got a chance to play for the BSO, the plane crashed en route. Helen also constantly battles a compulsive eating habit that caused her to be obese in her youth. Though successful at losing the weight sometime after Brian eloped with Carol, it is still a specter in her life and a blight on her self-image. She has been a lifelong friend of both Hackett brothers and dreamed of marrying Joe from a young age. She married Antonio to prevent him from being deported and although they intended to divorce after he won the Green Card Lottery, they mistakenly remained married for three years because Helen forgot to mail out the divorce papers. She finally married Joe at the end of the sixth season. She was played by Crystal Bernard.

Originally the writers had a different character in mind; Joe's love interest working at the lunch counter was a woman of Greek heritage, which was written in mind for Peri Gilpin, however Gilpin was unable to commit to the role; thus the new character of Helen was created for Bernard. Gilpin, however, did star on one episode of Wings in the third season.

Lowell Mather

(Season 1–7) Lowell is a dim, mechanic/handyman who works at the airport.[2] He was a "free agent" of sorts, being on the payroll of both Sandpiper and its rival airline Aeromass, as well as anyone else willing to pay him for repairs. He claims that, while he is not an orphan, his brother is. He was married to a woman named Bunny with whom he had several children, but they divorced when Lowell learned that Bunny was sleeping around. After Brian sank the houseboat Lowell lived on, Lowell lived with Joe and Brian for a time, where he revealed a surprising talent for cooking. After about a year, however, his eccentricities became unbearable to the Hacketts, and they kicked him out to find his own place. Eventually, Lowell is forced to leave Nantucket and enter the Witness Protection Program after witnessing a mob hit. Although it was hard for him to leave the people he knew all his life, Lowell decided he would prefer to go into hiding rather than let a guilty man go free and possibly kill again. Lowell was often seen wearing an orange ballcap, although he was seen without it at times when it was considered rude to wear hats indoors. Lowell donated his orange hat to Joe and Brian just before he left Nantucket forever in order for them to remember him by, to which the brothers nailed it to the wall of the hangar in memoriam. He was played by Thomas Haden Church.[3]

Fay Evelyn Schlob Dumbly DeVay Cochran

Fay, Joe's only other employee besides Brian, is a retired flight attendant who handles the ticket counter, baggage check, and flight announcements for Sandpiper Air. Fay is thrice widowed and half-jokes of a curse in which, if she marries a man named George, he will die prematurely, as all three of her husbands had that name. In one episode she almost remarries a man known as Lyle, only to realize that is only his middle name and his first name is George. She is a generally sweet and motherly, though slightly batty woman who looks after the younger members of their circle as her own children. She can, however, be sweetly manipulative. Fay also has a streak in which she has touched every First Lady of the United States since Eleanor Roosevelt. She grew up in Syracuse, NY, and lived in Hawaii, before moving to Nantucket. Fay was played by Rebecca Schull.

Roy Peterman Biggins

Roy is the owner of Aeromass, the only other airline on Nantucket and, with seven planes, a larger business than Sandpiper, although Roy had been unable to break into the lucrative business of charter flights. Generally competitive, arrogant and unpleasant, and morbidly obese, Roy often belittles Joe for having a small-time operation and mocks Joe's business skills. Despite this, Roy feels threatened by Joe's presence as a competitor, and makes numerous attempts to either buy Sandpiper or put it out of business. Roy was married to a woman named Sylvia; for several years he claimed that she died, but it was later revealed that actually she had left him and is now living in Boston and married to a wealthy plastic surgeon. Sylvia was played by Concetta Tomei. The couple had one son, R.J. (Roy Junior), who is a homosexual. Roy is also dishonest. Examples included his forcing onto a plane a customer who has just ordered a large meal from Helen; the customer leaves his meal and the money for Helen, but Roy promptly steals both. He also established false charities to include one for his "late wife" and using the proceeds for fly-fishing trips or to subscribe to the Playboy Channel. He has an autographed picture of Richard Nixon in his office and was once arrested for trying to force his way aboard Air Force One to have a picture taken of himself shaking hands with President George H. W. Bush. Also, in his office he has a poster of a woman wearing a thong bikini riding on a unicycle. His comment was, "If that was Paris and she was holding a loaf of bread, they'd call it art." While normally conniving and arrogant, Roy does have a sense of fun: since his birthday was on February 29, 1948, a leap year, he celebrates it only once every four years as if he were only a quarter of his real age. He drives a purple El Camino, on which he claims he can disconnect the brake lights in order to engage in insurance fraud by being unintentionally rear-ended by people in luxury cars. He was played by David Schramm.

Antonio V. Scarpacci

(Season 3–8) An Italian immigrant from Alecchio, who owns and operates a taxi service to and from the airport. Antonio is mild-mannered, deferential, and hopelessly romantic; he falls head-over-heels for Helen's older sister Casey when she returns to Nantucket, though his feelings are not reciprocated. Antonio was originally a waiter, and made a guest appearance in the second season in this role before becoming an official cast member in the third season (by which time he had changed professions). Helen married him in order to save him from deportation. The marriage mistakenly lasted for three years (unbeknownst to either one of them) long after Antonio became a US citizen due to an error on Helen's part. He is a big fan of the Mary Pat Lee Show. He was played by Tony Shalhoub.

Alex Lambert

(Season 4–5) Alex is a helicopter pilot who moves to Nantucket to start her own helicopter tour business. She had previously flown U.S. Army Apache helicopters in Desert Storm.[4] It was also discovered that she had posed for Playboy. Though she initially rebuffs the amorous attentions of both Hackett brothers, she eventually falls for Brian's boyish charms. She and Brian live together briefly, but after Brian spends a wild night in New York with Joe and an old friend, Alex throws him out of the apartment and leaves Nantucket for good. She returns a season later to resolve some of the bitterness in their breakup; she and Brian briefly get back together before they both finally decide it best to go their separate ways. Alex was played by Farrah Forke.

Cassandra "Casey" (Davenport) Chappel

(Season 6–8) Casey is Helen's older sister. She returns to Nantucket after being abandoned by her husband, Stuart Davenport (played by John Ritter who was the actress' real life partner and later husband), but despite having grown up there she has difficulty adjusting her upper crust tastes and sensibilities to a working class life on the small island. Though Antonio falls madly in love with her, Casey takes little notice of him. After she and Brian spend the better part of a season sniping at each other, they end up having sex the night before Joe and Helen's wedding. Afterward they find themselves unable to stay away from each other, having a passionate affair; while Joe and Helen are on their honeymoon, Casey's bra lands on the hearth of the lit fireplace and leads to Helen's house burning down. Her relationship with Brian cools after that, but they maintain a friendship. When she first appears in the show, Casey goes by her married name of Davenport, but after she and Stuart divorce at the end of season seven, she reverts to Chappel. She was played by Amy Yasbeck.

Budd Bronski

(Season 7) Budd is a retired US Marine who is hired to replace Lowell. Although Budd proved himself Lowell's equal in being a skilled mechanic and earnest worker, he too had quirks like Lowell, only he was quite jumpy and insecure, as well as being haunted by an incident in his past in which an aircraft he worked on crashed, resulting in his facing a court martial. Although the military cleared him of charges, Budd continued to blame himself for the incident until Brian convinces him to let it go. Occasionally Budd would astonish everyone with magic tricks, but otherwise had relative difficulty interacting with others. After being introduced early in the seventh season, Budd disappears toward the end of the season and is never mentioned again. He was played by Brian Haley.

Recurring characters

Carlton Blanchard: He is an old man with a high-pitched nasal voice whose outwardly meek yet privately demanding behavior causes everyone who meets him to shudder at his coming. He is also known for asking bizarre questions such as "If you were to carpet Florida, how long would it take to vacuum it?" and "If a monkey were to bite you, what kind of drugs do you suppose they'd give you?". He annoyed Joe, Brian, Lowell and Antonio when he won a charity contest sponsored by Sandpiper and demanded he be flown to Las Cruces, New Mexico, way beyond the scope of Sandpiper's routes. In another episode, he tricked Helen into throwing him a birthday party and then fell down her stairs in order to force her to take care of him for a week. Though none of the regulars care for Carlton, he is especially disliked by Antonio, a situation made worse by the fact that Carlton repeatedly calls him "Angelo". Carlton was played by William Hickey, whose casting was a nod to the film of the same name, Hickey being born in same year as its debut and the name "Carlton Blanchard" was taken from one of the characters.

Mr. Hackett: Joe and Brian's deceased father who had taken it hard when his wife, and the boys' mother, walked out on the family. He was committed to a mental institution and had died just prior to the beginning of the series. He had a good sense of humor, and in the series premiere had his will required to be read to both Brian and Joe together, which required them to reunite after their six-year estrangement. He willed them a key which opened up the lockbox to another key, then another, which had Joe and Brian go to Boston then back to Nantucket airport where they ended up finding a suitcase full of spring snakes and a photograph of them as children, encouraging them to always value their kinship. After Brian and Casey burn down Joe's house, Joe, fed up with Brian's string of irresponsible behavior, fires him from Sandpiper and orders him never to speak to him again. The ghost of his father appears and uses reverse psychology to convince Joe to make peace with Brian. Mr. Hackett was played by Don Murray.

Lou: Lou is a feisty old man who is introduced in Season Seven's "The Lyin' King". In that episode, Joe, in order to assuage his guilt over going to a strip club later, volunteers at the senior citizens' home, where he is assigned to spend time with Lou. After spending a moment complaining about how lousy nursing home life is, Lou manages to guilt trip Joe into taking him to the strip club with him. Though Joe is somewhat tolerant of Lou, Brian is decidedly less so, referring to him derisively as "Yoda" (due to Lou's shrivelled physical appearance). Lou, in return, makes it clear he does not care for Brian either. Lou is also prone to talking about a rift he had in the past with his brother Harry, prompting his catchphrase, "He screwed me blue!" Lou was originally intended as a one-shot appearance, but proved so popular that he was brought back in the show's final season, where we are also introduced to his brother Harry, played by Abe Vigoda. Lou was played by Phil Leeds.

Davis Lynch: Davis is a businessman whom Joe flies to Nantucket to invest in the airline. Though he rejects Joe's offer (and ends up investing the money in Roy's airline), he ends up dating Helen, and eventually proposes to her. Helen accepts, but ends up leaving him for Joe. Toward the end of the series, Helen reveals she never broke off the engagement. She had figured he was gone after he was skirted off to Burma in the wake of a coup d'etat to salvage major investments he had in the company. He was then placed under house arrest by the military junta. Upon his release, Davis returns to see Helen, but while she is trying to work up the courage to tell him she has married someone else, Davis announces that he will be unable to marry her, having fallen in love with a woman who worked for the State Department and had risked her life to secure his release. Davis was played by Mark Harelik.

Roy Biggins, Jr. (a.k.a. R.J.): Roy's only son, who is secretly gay. Roy had trained R.J how to do "guy stuff" such as playing football. The first time he is shown is when he is a high school student taking cello lessons from Helen as an extracurricular activity. R.J. reveals to everyone he is a homosexual. Roy does not take this news well and challenges him to a game of one-on-one basketball on the condition that if R.J. wins he is "allowed" to be gay, but if Roy wins R.J. is not. R.J. wins game after game against Roy, but Roy refuses to give up. R.J. would return much later in the series after being estranged from Roy for a long time. He had since graduated from law school and was looking to take the Massachusetts Bar Exam. Roy is proud of R.J and his accomplishments, but only so long as R.J.'s homosexuality isn't discussed. The issue finally comes to a head at Roy's birthday party, when he accuses R. J. of throwing his lifestyle in his face and ruining his party by bringing his boyfriend Luke (Tim Bagley). After R. J. and Luke walk out, Helen talks to Roy, reminding him that while he doesn't have to like it, he does have to accept it—because the alternative is accepting that it may be another six years, or longer, before he sees R. J. again. Roy finally catches up with R. J. just as he and Luke are boarding a flight. After his father's fumbling apology, he finally loses patience, pointing out that he can't even say the word "gay." Desperate to stop R. J. from walking out of his life forever, Roy finally acknowledges it, and says that he wants to understand it. The two men hug.

R.J. was played by Abraham Benrubi.

Gail Scott: Joe's girlfriend during the first part of Season Three. They began dating while Helen was in New York. When Joe persuaded Helen to move back to Nantucket when she was unhappy in New York, he did not tell her about his relationship with Gail because of his worry that it would prevent Helen from moving back to Nantucket. Helen, convinced that she and Joe would pick up right where they left off, did come back, but soon discovered the truth about Joe and Gail. Believing that Joe intended to hurt her by not disclosing his relationship with Gail, Helen drove her jeep through Joe and Brian's office. Gail is in three episodes, but is mentioned in several others, including phone conversations. She is a journalist who constantly travels. She and Helen eventually become friends briefly, but Gail leaves Joe when she catches Joe and Helen kissing in his kitchen. Gail was played by Gretchen German.

Sandy Cooper: Sandy is a friend of Joe's, Brian's, and Helen's from high school. She has an insane, obsessive crush on Joe, but he is unable to convince anyone else of this because she acts completely normal except when she is alone with Joe, who gives her the nickname "Psycho Sandy". She would appear on Nantucket periodically and carefully plan her fantasy life with "Joey Bear" at moments when the two of them were alone. Such fantasies included a re-enacted high school prom in the basement of Sandy's old house, the couple's wedding and honeymoon in Helen's living room, and the birth of their first child in Joe's therapist's office. In one episode, Sandy is shown to be dating Brian, but the relationship was ultimately never pursued by the show's writers. Sandy was played by Valerie Mahaffey.

Kenny McElvey: Kenny is an 18-year-old who becomes Sandpiper's backup pilot during a second season story arc where Joe is grounded for hypertension. The comedic focus of the character was his youth and relative inexperience, but he was the most qualified out of the applicants for Joe's replacement (which did not consist of a very large pool). Kenny left Sandpiper after Joe was once again cleared to fly. One episode showed Kenny also working at a fast food joint to supplement his meager income from Sandpiper. Kenny was played by Michael Manasseri.

Bunny Mather: Lowell's wife at the beginning of the series, from whom he separates and eventually divorces when he learns she sleeps with other men. Bunny's promiscuity is her primary gag; she flirts with nearly every man she encounters (including, at one point, Joe and Brian [her fantasy is to sleep with two co-workers]), and ends up sleeping with many of them. Not even the divorce was enough to convince Bunny to stay away, as the episode that showed the divorce had Lowell and Bunny sleeping together that very same night. Bunny was played by Laura Innes.

Sylvia: Roy's ex-wife who divorced Roy and married a plastic surgeon. Roy initially tells people that she was dead, but after being caught in his lie, he decides to go see her, only to find out that she has a new husband and a new life. She returns to the island again in season 5 to sleep with Roy in an attempt to get back at her current husband for having an affair. Roy finds out and decides to not go through with it. Sylvia was played by Conchetta Tomei.

Mary Pat Lee: A Boston talk show host who tricks Brian onto her show in season 6 to meet up with his ex-girlfriend Alex. She returns the next season as Roy's new girlfriend, only to use the relationship to get a show topic using Joe and Helen. Played by Caroline Aaron. One of her biggest fans is Antonio. Her budding relationship with Roy causes him to mutter, "But.....she's Mary Pat Lee....and he's.....Roy."

Edgar Clayton: Wealthy industrialist who buys Sandpiper from Joe and Brian to keep it from going under. He installs his son Cord as the new president only to see Cord fail miserably. He also fired his uncle Mike in front of his whole board of directors and has been known to give terminated employees "The Big Ugly". He was part of a three-part story arc, "Wingless", during the show's final season. Played by Mitchell Ryan.

Eleanor "Bluto" Biggins: Roy's eccentric mother who lives in a nursing home. She is a meddlesome, domineering nag and Roy feels threatened by her. Joe, however, stood up to her and called her a "Miserable Old Gargoyle". Eleanor was also a heavy drinker and Roy once said she had to be "cut off after six boilermakers." She was frequently mentioned, but was not seen until the final season. Played by Rose Marie.

Lewis Blanchard: Carlton's equally irritating nephew. He is very rude and abrasive, and makes only the slightest of attempts to hide his wish for Carlton to die so he can inherit his money. He seems to have crushes on Casey, Helen, and Alex, who are all completely repulsed by his lewd remarks. Lewis was played by Gilbert Gottfried.

Mark: He is the waiter at the Crab Restaurant. He becomes infatuated with Helen, who later pushes him toward Alex. Mark was played by John Hawkes.


The series takes place primarily at the fictional Nantucket airport Tom Nevers Field. Until 1976, the real-life island was the site of the United States Navy's Tom Nevers Naval Facility, later the home of the Nantucket Hunting Association. The Club Car (a real restaurant on Nantucket) is also often featured on the show.[5]

The airplane for the show was a 1981 Cessna 402C one of which was C/N 402C0507 #N121PB, owned and operated by Express Air, Owned and operated by Mike Josefek and Richard Sevigny. The pilot during the filming was Austin Carey. The aircraft was eventually sold to Cape Air where it is still flying;[6] in the pilot episode (as well as a few other episodes) the airplane fuselage shown in the hangar was C/N 4110069 #N121PP (which was destroyed).[7]

Cheers tie-ins

Although not a spin-off, Wings takes place in the same universe as Cheers, and by extension, its spin-off Frasier. Several episodes had tie-ins with Cheers; Kelsey Grammer (who was nominated for an Emmy for his guest appearance), Bebe Neuwirth, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, and Kirstie Alley all appeared on Wings playing their Cheers characters.


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 April 19, 1990 (1990-04-19) May 24, 1990 (1990-05-24)
2 22 September 28, 1990 (1990-09-28) March 28, 1991 (1991-03-28)
3 22 September 19, 1991 (1991-09-19) May 7, 1992 (1992-05-07)
4 22 September 24, 1992 (1992-09-24) May 13, 1993 (1993-05-13)
5 24 September 16, 1993 (1993-09-16) May 12, 1994 (1994-05-12)
6 26 September 20, 1994 (1994-09-20) May 23, 1995 (1995-05-23)
7 26 September 19, 1995 (1995-09-19) May 21, 1996 (1996-05-21)
8 24 September 18, 1996 (1996-09-18) May 21, 1997 (1997-05-21)

Broadcast history

Season Time
1 Thursday at 9:30-10:00 PM on NBC
2 Friday at 9:30-10:00 PM on NBC (September 28 – December 21, 1990)
Thursday at 9:30-10:00 PM on NBC (January 3 - March 28, 1991)
3 Thursday at 9:30-10:00 PM on NBC
4 Thursday at 9:30-10:00 PM on NBC (September 24, 1992 - January 28, 1993)
Thursday at 8:30-9:00 PM on NBC (February 4 - May 13, 1993)
5 Thursday at 8:30-9:00 PM on NBC
6 Tuesday at 8:00-8:30 PM on NBC
7 Tuesday at 8:00-8:30 PM on NBC (September 19, 1995 - April 9, 1996)
Tuesday at 8:30-9:00 PM on NBC (April 23 - May 21, 1996)
8 Wednesday at 8:00-8:30 PM on NBC (September 18, 1996 – February 19, 1997)
Wednesday at 9:00-9:30 PM on NBC (March 5 - May 21, 1997)

Nielsen ratings

NOTE: The highest average rating for the series is in bold text.

Season Rank Rating
1989–1990 Not in the Top 30
1990–1991 #47 12.4
1991–1992 #19 14.6
1992–1993 #30 13.0 (Tied with The Simpsons)
1993–1994 #18 13.9 (Tied with NYPD Blue)
1994–1995 #26 12.3
1995–1996 #35 11.0
1996–1997 #76 7.6

Awards and nominations

The list of awards and nominations for Wings

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1992 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Tyne DalyNominated
1992 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Kelsey GrammerNominated
1992 BMI Film & TV Awards BMI TV Music Award Bruce Miller Won
1994 BMI Film & TV Awards BMI TV Music Award Bruce Miller Won
1995 American Cinema Editors Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television Darryl Bates Nominated
1996 Emmy Award Outstanding Makeup for a Series Tommy Cole, Ken Wensevic Nominated
1997 GLAAD Media Award Outstanding TV – Individual Episode Nominated
2005 TV Land Award Favorite Airborne Character(s) Tim Daly, Steven Weber Won

† Nominated for guest performance, prior to the creation of Guest Actress and Guest Actor categories, respectively

Home media releases

DVD releases

Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS DVD have released the entire series on DVD in Region 1.

On September 6, 2013, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to the series. They have subsequently re-released the first four seasons.[9][10]

On July 3, 2014, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment will release a complete series set on DVD on November 11, 2014.[11]

DVD NameEp #Release Date
The Complete First and Second Seasons 28 May 23, 2006
October 1, 2013 (re-release)
The Complete Third Season 22 October 24, 2006
January 21, 2014 (re-release)
The Complete Fourth Season 22 May 15, 2007
January 21, 2014 (re-release)
The Complete Fifth Season 24 November 6, 2007
The Complete Sixth Season 26 March 25, 2008
The Complete Seventh Season 26 September 9, 2008
The Complete Eighth and Final Season 24 April 14, 2009
The Complete Series 172 November 11, 2014


The series was made available through streaming services such as Netflix, however some seasons are incomplete.[12]

Music, opening sequence and closing 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.

The opening theme heard during the first two and a half seasons was a fairly straightforward arrangement with piano and strings, accompanied by the plane taking its flight to Nantucket in the opening sequence, which started out with a shot of Brant Point Lighthouse with seagulls heard in the background followed by the plane about to take flight, in which the title card was shown afterward, then showed the cast members (which showed "Timothy Daly" in its first two seasons before billing to "Tim Daly" in season 3) as the plane was flying over various places, including birds flying in the air, churches, and finally, into Nantucket, which the plane landed onto the lot of Nantucket Memorial Airport after which the Nantucket Airport control tower was seen with a reflection of the plane landing in the window with the creators of the show seen onscreen. The slow opening theme was dropped in January 1992 as episodes began using a cold open, with simply the title card being seen and the cast members followed by the creators, in the now-customized fashion as the show's logo, during the teaser scene, though it returned for the series finale in 1997. The new opening scene would show a brief shot of cumulus clouds, save for the season 4 finale when the cold open was brusquely interrupted to show the plane caught in a violent thunder and lightning storm in contrast to the clear skies often shown.

The closing sequence used in seasons 1-5 was accompanied by the plane flying over Nantucket Sound in a sunrise setting. A jazzed-up version of the theme was heard during the closing credits for the first two seasons, followed by a more up-tempo version with a piano lead from season 3 onward. The closing credits were changed in season 6 with the tag scene accompanied by the closing credits (for NBC's original airings, the generic credits were used when NBC started doing this in the 1994-1995 season as well), though some episodes from seasons 6-8, including the series finale, used the standard closing sequence from seasons 1-5 (but with a slightly different font).

See also


  1. "Wings (TV Series 1990-1997)". Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  2. "Lowell Mather (Character)". Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  3. "Wings". April 19, 1990. Retrieved November 4, 2016 via IMDb.
  4. Episode "Two Jerks and a Jill", season four
  5. "Fine Dining On Nantucket". The Club Car. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
  6. "Aircraft Data N121PB, 1981 Cessna 402C C/N 402C0507".
  7. "Aircraft N121PP, Cessna 411 C/N 4110069". Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  8. "Paying tribute to a friend". USA Today. ProQuest Archiver. May 12, 1994. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  9. "Wings DVD news: Announcement for Wings - The Complete Seasons 1 and 2 -".
  10. "Wings DVD news: Announcement for Wings - The Complete Seasons 3 & 4 -".
  11. "Wings DVD news: Release Date for Wings - The Complete Series -".
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