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Brothers Brian and Joe Hackett attempt to run an airline on the New England island of Nantucket while surrounded by their various wacky friends and employees.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
Tim Daly ...  Joe Montgomery Hackett 172 episodes, 1990-1997
Steven Weber ...  Brian Michael Hackett 172 episodes, 1990-1997
Crystal Bernard ...  Helen Chapel / ... 172 episodes, 1990-1997
David Schramm ...  Roy Biggins 172 episodes, 1990-1997
Rebecca Schull ...  Fay Evelyn Schlob Dumbly DeVay Cochran 172 episodes, 1990-1997
Tony Shalhoub ...  Antonio Scarpacci 144 episodes, 1991-1997
Thomas Haden Church ...  Lowell Mather 123 episodes, 1990-1995
Amy Yasbeck ...  Casey Chapel Davenport 74 episodes, 1994-1997


Brothers Brian and Joe Hackett attempt to run an airline on the New England island of Nantucket while surrounded by their various wacky friends and employees.

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Look, up in the air. It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a high-flying comedy - where the laughs always arrive on schedule! See more »


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Rebecca Schull was sixty-one-years-old when the show began. See more »


Sandpiper only has one airplane, and Joe always reads its call number as "Nevada-One-Two-One-Papa-Papa" or N121PP. However, there are a few episodes where the Sandpiper plane's tail shows N121PB and several more (mostly exterior shots) where it shows N160PB. See more »


Roy Biggins: I've never minded staying up all night because of a woman.
Helen: Well, you don't have a choice. If you dozed off, she'd escape.
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Referenced in Conan: The One Where Conan Does That Thing (2011) See more »

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One of my all-time favorites
28 March 2000 | by reve-2See all my reviews

I am so glad that USA Network continues to rerun the episodes of this great show. With one exception I found this to be among those shows with a once in a lifetime cast. The only exception was Farah Forke, an absolutely terrible actress, who has dragged down every series that she has been a part of. Her character Alex was contentious, had a constant chip on her shoulder, and constantly felt that she had to show everyone how tough she was. BUT, when the shows' producers saw the light and bounced her they hit a home run with the casting of Amy Yasbeck in the role of Helen's sister. IMHO this show was as well written as any sitcom ever was. I hated to see the character of Lowell leave but I can't blame Thomas Hayden Church for trying to make it as the star of his own series (sadly, the series was a dud). And, while I would never want to associate professionally or socially with Roy, he was played perfectly by David Schramm. The final two part episode did a superb job of wrapping things up. It was a real bittersweet moment for me as I imagined what life would be like for Brian who so abruptly gave up his dream life in the islands to keep Sandpiper going while Joe was in Europe with Helen. Who knows if he really got to fulfill that dream one year later. So many things can change in that time frame. This was a show that people like me could get involved in and it all seemed so real. I hoe that USA continues the reruns for many, many years.

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19 April 1990 (USA) See more »

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