'Wings - The Fourth Season'
(Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Thomas Haden Church, Crystal Bernard, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (1990) 2007 / Paramount)
Overview: Brothers Brian and Joe Hackett (Steven Weber and Timothy Daly) and Helen (Crystal Bernard) attempt to run a Cape Cod-based airline while surrounded by their various wacky friends and employees.
DVD Verdict: 'Wings' is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, if not the greatest! Very few shows offer as many constant laughs and endearing, heart warming stories with characters that became comedy legends. Who can forget Joe Hackett, the patriarch of the airport family, or his brother Brian, the casanova ladies' man who always had problems in the game of love. Then there's Helen Chappel, future wife of Joe and proprietor of the airport's snackbar, who was always pulling out hairs due to the crazy antics of her co-workers.
Then there's Roy Biggins, the sleazy, slick yet somehow still lovable manager who's constantly scheming new ways to make a buck. Sort of like Roy's arch-nemesis, Fay Cochran is like everyone's grandmother: sweet, caring, funny with a bit of a mischevious side. Next is Lowell Mather, the bumbling, goofy but always well-intentioned plane mechanic who consistently brought golden comedy moments.
A character that was introduced later on but who became an invaluable addition to the cast was Antonio Scarpacci, played by Tony Shalhoub who has gone on to further fame with his TV hit series entitled 'Monk'. Antonio's subtle, slightly neurotic portrayal of an insecure immigrant brought a great deal of humor as well as heart to the show, a character who nearly everyone could empathize with.
Finally, a character who didn't enter 'Wings' until a few seasons later but added a tremendous amount to the show's comedy was Casey Davenport, actress Amy Yasbeck and widow of the late great John ritter. She played the on again off again girlfriend of Brian Hackett, and together they shared many hilarious episodes as they failed at dating.
In this fourth season, 'Wings' is still flying high ... and from the moment the gang is rescued from the plane crash to the introduction of Alex lambert, the sexy new love interest for Joe (Daly) and Brian (Weber), life on Nantucket has never been funnier - or more outrageous! This season, Roy expressess his musical side, cab driver Antonio expressess his sensitive side, and Fay (Schull) auditions to play Oprah! Plus, dim-witted Lowell (Church) ends up living with Joe and Brian ... and even dates Helen!
Truly a classic sitcom, one that I personally love and never tire of, so I cannot wait to finally get my hands on Season 5, as and when Paramount get around to releasing it ... WITH EXTRAS, PLEASE!! This 4-disc set contains all 22 episodes from the 1992-1993 season. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come with any Special Features.