Fanciful, disturbing, and wildly original, it announces the arrival of a fresh, bold voice in American cinema.
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This is a dark and sometimes deeply uncomfortable drama
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The initial response to this show is that it was a spin-off from the sitcom, "Cheers"; "Wings" was not easy to identify with, and maybe, it would last two seasons, three tops!! Much to the pleasant surprise of everyone, the superb character portrayals, and the exceptional writing to this series, made it one of the most popular shows in recent times!! The show focused on the Hackett brothers, Joe and Brian, and their unexplainable disappointments in life... The other characters followed suit!!! Joe, (Played by Tim Daly) was the super jock of yesteryear who tried to be perfect, he was only recognized in the small, one horse, town of Nantucket, and slowly but surely, even that fame began to quickly erode!! Brian, (Steven Weber) was the hapless Casanova who burdened his brother with his grotesque lack of responsibility in dealing with even the slightest matter!! Helen (Crystal Bernard) was the former childhood chub, now fit and trim, yet, she was still very non-motivated about her life!! Roy (David Schramm) was the biggest jerk in the world, having a halfway decent mind made this situation all that much more nauseating to stomach!! Faye (Rebecca Schull) was the conscientious and faithful worker who was an emotional Mardi-Grass! Lowell (Thomas Hayden Church) was the goof ball with a surprising succinct accuracy about certain issues!!(I had a friend, Ian, who was just like this) Those were the intricacies to being just the mechanic!! Antonio, (Tony Shaloub) he was the taxi driver who's life always went from bad to worse... Also on the show, were both Casie and Alex who were love interests of Brian's, they were attractive women whose lives were on the decline in one way or another!! When describing everyone's life in this series, it is tantamount to preaching apocalyptic doom!! These were lives which were besieged with unadulterated boredom, and, it nestled a kindred spirit with much of the television audience (unfortunately)... It is the element of monumental failure in everyone's lives that created wonderful cannon fodder for this situation comedy!! This show articulates copious aspects of lackluster behavior from always being defeated with the ill fated endeavors in these character's lives, and, the television show's witty dialog was written commensurately!!! The one episode which illustrated a domino effect scene, with regard to Lowell wanting a Kodak moment ,and missing the perfect one, because he was looking the other way, kind of summed this whole series up!! I love the T.V. Show "Wings" Tim Daly is one of my favorite television actors, and Steven Weber is so incredibly funny!! The writing was fabulous on this show, and the character portrayals on "Wings" are some of the best I have ever seen on television!! I rate this show 10 out of 10!!
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I love Wings ... it was a real sweet piece of sitcom work ... Tony Shaloub was a stitch and the writing was top shelf ... the show managed to get it done without touching a lot of sensitive issues which can be a crutch for many modern sitcoms ... I liked the interplay between the brothers with their very different personalities ... Kaye, the employee, who ran the company ... Lowell, the good-natured knucklehead whose lone talent was the ability to fix airplanes and be a loving friend and family man ... Roy, the ruthless competitor and Helen, the ever self-effacing one who stepped up to the plate when the chips were down time after time ... I also like the adjustments over the years, Helen and Joe go from pals to lovers and marry ... Shaloub was so good as the maitre d' that he had to change careers so it was much easier to write him into the scripts ... he was my favorite character with his passionate Italian solilioquies
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I am a 17 year old, and used to despise Wings, this was because I never saw an episode, and after the death of John Ritter a year ago, I heard his wife Amy was on it, so I decided to give it a try. I also noticed Tony Shalhoub from Monk was in it, which is one of my favorite shows, so like I said I watched an episode. and loved it. I continued to watch the show and grew to it. I am probably the biggest Joe and Helen shipper you will ever meet. This sitcom was and still is veryunderrated. Wings has a different type of humor, there's is more of a humbletype, and it was a very funny show, and you could tell the cast got along very well, just because of the atmosphere you feel when you watch the show. SO ifanyone from Paramount us reading, this is a show that long awaits it's DVDrelease. and has waited long enough, too long.
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IF anyone from Paramount is reading this, PLEASE release this sitcom on DVD!! You will make lots of $$$. IT will make up for the undeserved low ratings/advertising dollars that Wings generated in the 90's. I could never figure that one out. It was the BEST show on the air!! Talk about wacky but believable plot lines that had this viewer spewing milk out her nose at improper times.Better yet, Paramount, coerce the cast of Wings to reunite and do commentary on the goings on- if the old goats can remember that far back(just kidding). That would be priceless.Gawd I hope they all don't hate eachothers guts over trivial TV star stuff. Can't we all just get along? And make lotsa money!!