The BEST Episodes of Wings

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 6, 2020

Network: NBC

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.

Fay There, Georgy Girl

#1 - Fay There, Georgy Girl

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 12, 1997

After selling off the valuables of her Georges,Fay is visited by their ghosts,demanding that she buy back their items. Meanwhile,Joe's Valentine's Day efforts seem paltry to Helen compared to the man intending to propose to his beloved with a banner flying from the Sandpiper plane (problem is she's not his beloved,and she can't even stand him.) and Brian and Casey prepare to go out on a sham date.

star 8.54
35 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Ken Keeler
As Fate Would Have It

#2 - As Fate Would Have It

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 7, 1992

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.

star 8.35
72 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Larry Balmagia
B.S., I Love You

#3 - B.S., I Love You

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 9, 1996

Joe and Brian are thrilled at the return of Grandpa Hackett, but Helen isn't so sure he is who he claims to be. Meanwhile, Antonio refuses to continue a chain letter, which everyone else gets and passes along, and begins to suffer for it.

star 8.27
71 votes
Writers: Christopher Vane
Final Approach (2)

#4 - Final Approach (2)

Season 8 - Episode 24 - Aired May 21, 1997

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.

star 8.06
32 votes
Death Becomes Him

#5 - Death Becomes Him

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 10, 1995

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.

star 8.04
68 votes
Writers: Ian Gurvitz, Mark Reisman
Joe Blows (2)

#6 - Joe Blows (2)

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 1993

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.

star 8.00
43 votes
Writers: Ian Gurvitz
Nuptials Off

#7 - Nuptials Off

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired May 9, 1995

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.

star 7.99
71 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Michael Sardo
Hooker, Line and Sinker

#8 - Hooker, Line and Sinker

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 7, 1995

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.

star 7.99
70 votes
Directors: Rick Beren
Writers: Christopher Vane
Burnin' Down the House (1)

#9 - Burnin' Down the House (1)

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 1995

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.

star 7.99
68 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Ian Gurvitz
The Person Formerly Known as Lowell

#10 - The Person Formerly Known as Lowell

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 31, 1995

Back from vacation, Lowell goes out for a meal of hot wings with Antonio and lands in hot water when he witnesses a mob hit. After he is threatened by the gangster's lawyer, he decides to join the Witness Protection Program and leave Nantucket forever.

star 7.98
45 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Mark Reisman
This Old House

#11 - This Old House

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 30, 1992

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.

star 7.98
43 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: David Lloyd
Say Uncle, Carlton

#12 - Say Uncle, Carlton

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 3, 1994

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.

star 7.98
43 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Steven Levitan
2 Good 2 B 4 Gotten

#13 - 2 Good 2 B 4 Gotten

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 18, 1993

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.

star 7.97
73 votes
Writers: David A. Goodman, Rick Copp
Here It is: The Big Wedding (2)

#14 - Here It is: The Big Wedding (2)

Season 6 - Episode 26 - Aired May 23, 1995

Joe and Helen's wedding day gets off to a bad start when the best man and maid of honor,Brian and Casey,oversleep after spending the night together.When Antonio discovers this,He and Brian fight,and in the struggle the wedding ring is lost down the toilet,followed quickly by Joe's searching hand.Both hand and ring are stuck,and thus Joe and Helen are married at last,in a hotel bathroom.

star 7.97
66 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Ellen Byron, Lissa Kapstrom
The Love Life and Times of Joe and Helen

#15 - The Love Life and Times of Joe and Helen

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 4, 1995

As the wedding draws near,Brian struggles to come up with a gift idea for Joe and Helen.He finally hits up on the idea of making a video for them,and goes about capturing everyone's memories of the relationship on video.

star 7.94
69 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Steven Levitan
Stew in a Stew

#16 - Stew in a Stew

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 23, 1992

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.

star 7.93
43 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: David Angell
Mother Wore Stripes

#17 - Mother Wore Stripes

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 14, 1991

Brian is ecstatic when he and Joe's mother returns to Nantucket years after deserting them and their father.For Joe it's too little to late,because he can't forgive her for leaving.

star 7.93
69 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: David Lloyd
Single and Hating It

#18 - Single and Hating It

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 9, 1996

As a furious storm rages outside,Joe and Helen stop by the "Singles Mingle" to drop off Brian's wallet,intent on leaving as soon as possible to begin celebrating the first anniversary of their wedding.But news soon comes that the roads are closed due to high water and everyone is trapped.Not wanting to let everyone know they are married,for fear of their reaction,Joe asks Helen to be his bride again. Meanwhile,Fay,Roy and Casey mingle,while Antonio is offered his money back and asked to wait in the office till the party is over.And Brian tries to convince the only woman in the place he's attracted to,the sexy Bartender,that he's not a pathetic as he seems.

star 7.92
38 votes
Writers: Ellen Byron, Lissa Kapstrom
Final Approach (1)

#19 - Final Approach (1)

Season 8 - Episode 23 - Aired May 21, 1997

To cheer up Helen,Joe restores her old cello.While Helen is busy rediscovering her old passion,Joe and Brian discover the ages old treasure hunt they undertook when their father died isn't over yet.They and the rest of the gang are led all over New England,only to wind up back at the airport,to discover $250,000 in an old suitcase in an airport locker.

star 7.92
38 votes
Das Plane

#20 - Das Plane

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 20, 1992

Joe is pleased to learn that the ticket he donated to the children's hospital's charity event brought in a staggering 10,000 dollars. But his mood soon turns sour when a misprint on the ticket (thanks to Brian) forces him to fly crabby old Carlton Blanchard on a cross-country trip for a reunion with his brother. Lowell and Antonio tag along, but the frustrations of the flight have Joe and Brian at each others throats and ready to go there seperate ways. But seeing the fists fly at Carlton's reunion help the two make peace.

star 7.91
44 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Bill Diamond, Michael Saltzman
What the Cabbie Saw

#21 - What the Cabbie Saw

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 14, 1993

Antonio performs his civic duty when he helps bring to court a suspected robber and then testifies against him.But then the suspect gets released on a technicality and Antonio starts to fear for his life.

star 7.91
44 votes
Directors: Judy Askins
Writers: Steven Levitan
The Big Sleep

#22 - The Big Sleep

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 12, 1995

After fighting with Helen over the architect's plans for their new house (he wants a big screen TV in the bedroom, she wants a walk-in closet), Joe has a strange dream involving Tigers, Clowns, Roy bellying dancing and the two of them dying in a plane crash with Antonio. As one by one the dreams events come to pass, Brian tries to convince Joe to heed the dream's warnings, but he fails and soon Joe, Helen and Antonio find themselves plunging to earth in the plane...

star 7.91
43 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Michael Sardo
Sons and Lovers

#23 - Sons and Lovers

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 16, 1996

It's Roy's 12th birthday (he was born on a leap year), and Helen contacts Roy's son R.J. and convinces him to come back to Nantucket for the party. But the initial reconciliation is dashed when R.J. brings his significant other to the party. Meanwhile, Brian helps Antonio out by driving the cab while Antonio waits for his driver's license.

star 7.91
43 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Jeffrey Richman, Joyce Gittlin
Burnin' Down the House (2)

#24 - Burnin' Down the House (2)

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 26, 1995

When digging through the rubble of Helen's home, Brian and casey unearth a suitcase and photgraph that had been the hackett brother's only inheritance from their late father. Brian's attempts to remind Joe of that fail,but Joe later sees a vision of his late father and forgives Brian. Meanwhile,Antonio executes his revenge on Brian and Casey and Helen takes out her anger on Casey's clothes.

star 7.91
74 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Howard Gewirtz
Driving Mr. DeCarlo

#25 - Driving Mr. DeCarlo

Season 7 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 12, 1996

Antonio thinks his fortunes have taken a turn for the better when one of passengers hires him to be his personal chauffeur. But some overheard conversations seem to indicate that his new boss is a mobster. Meanwhile, Helen hurriedly reads "Don Quixote" when her old english lit teacher from highschool drops by for a visit.

star 7.90
42 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Christopher Vane