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(1990–1997)

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The show often did cross over episodes with characters from Cheers (1982).
Five characters from Cheers (1982); Norm, Cliff, Frasier, Lillith and Rebecca, made appearances on the show. No characters from Wings crossed over to any Cheers episodes, though Thomas Haden Church played an unrelated character on a Cheers episode prior to being cast on Wings.
Prior to joining the cast as Antonio, Tony Shalhoub had played an unnamed waiter in an earlier episode. In an episode featuring clips from that appearance, Antonio said he worked as a waiter when he first arrived on Nantucket.
Casey's ex-husband Stuart appeared in one episode, and was played by John Ritter, who would later marry Amy Yasbeck.
Tony Shalhoub's father and mother's names are Joe and Helen, matching the two lead characters in "Wings". Additionally, his father's brother's name is Brian, the same as the show's character Joe. Coming from a NY theatre background and unfamiliar with the then year old program, Shalhoub was unaware of this until he saw his audition script.
The Club Car, which was often featured on the show, is a real restaurant on Nantucket.
Thomas Haden Church left the series when cast in the FOX Sitcom Ned and Stacey (1995). Lowell was written off by having him enter the Witness Protection Program after he saw a Mob hit. Brian Haley replaced Church as new mechanic Budd Bronski, but was written out of the series without explanation after only one season.
The actors who portrayed the Hackett brothers (Tim Daly and Steven Weber) both went on to take lead roles in Stephen King television mini-series. Daly appeared in Storm of the Century (1999) and Weber starred in The Shining (1997) and Desperation (2006), as well as Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006).
The aircraft in the opening and closing credits (N121PP) is still in use with Cape Air Airlines of Hyannis, Massachusetts. One of Cape Air's primary destinations in its New England operation (they also operate in Florida, the Caribbean, and Micronesia) is, in fact, Nantucket. This particular aircraft exclusively serves the New England market, so on any given day it is probably flying in and out of Nantucket. When filmed for the credits, 121PB was in the livery of the now-defunct Express Air of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Shortly after the filming, it became the property of Cape Air and has been used in that airline's service ever since. Prior to Express Air, it was in service for Provincetown-Boston Airlines (hence the PB in the registration), which went out of business the year before Cape Air started.
The show's theme music is a shortened version of the Rondo from "Piano Sonata in A Major" by Franz Schubert.
Kevin Conroy was considered for the part of Joe. Conroy would soon go on to do the voice of Batman in the 1990's animated series and related projects. Tim Daly would go on to provide the voice of Superman in a crossover/companion series related to Conroy's Batman projects.
In one episode, Helen is watching home movies of one of her childhood birthday parties. Young Brian is seen wearing a T-Shirt saying "STAR TREK LIVES". Steven Weber would later guest star on an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), and Tim Daly's father James Daly guest starred on the original Star Trek (1966) series. The "Star Trek" series, like "Wings", were all produced by Paramount Television (the original series began as a Desilu production).
All of 'Fay Evelyn Schlob Dumbly DeVay Cochran's' ex-husbands are named George.
Lowell's first and last name (Mather) came from the names of two Harvard University halls.
Bryan Cranston, Daniel Stern, Nick Cassavetes, and Boyd Gaines auditioned for the role of Joe.
Fisher Stevens, Hank Azaria, George Clooney, David Duchovny, and Greg Germann all auditioned for the role of Briab.
The character of Lowell was written for Thomas Hayden Church.
There is a Tom Nevers Field on Nantucket, but it's not the airport, it's a sports complex. The airport on Nantucket is Nantucket Memorial Airport.
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The character name Carlton Blanchard, played by William Hickey (I), was taken from a character in the movie Wings (1927), where he was played by William Hickey (II). (Coincidentally, William Hickey (I), who appeared in this series, was born the year the movie was released.)
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The license number of Sandpiper's plane, N121-PP, always used the call sign "Cessna Nevada 1-2-1 Papa Papa" when referred to on the radio.
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Peri Gilpin, Lisa Darr, Julianne Moore, Gina Gershon, Marcia Cross, Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Wilson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Megan Mullally all auditioned for the role of Helen. Gilpin was the producer's favorite, but NBC didn't like her for the role,
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Roy was born on February 29, 1948.
Much of the comic relief in the earlier seasons comes from Lowell the mechanic. As such, his name may be a play on "lol", which is Internet slang/netspeak for "laughing out loud."

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