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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Wings - The Sixth Season'
(Tim Daly, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2008 / Paramount)

Overview: Created by the same production team responsible for the hugely popular series Cheers Wings has a similarly homey familiar feel. Replacing the Boston bar is a small airport on Nantucket Island. The denizens of the bar are replaced with pilots and airport personnel. What the viewers are left with is a delightful show revolving around Sandpiper Air Service a tiny charter airline co owned by two handsome charming brothers a rival airline Aeromass and a lunch counter run the brothers' life-long friend Helen.

DVD Verdict: Easily one of the greatest television sitcoms ever made, Wings never failed to please in its eight seasons on the air. The newest DVD release for the series is the sixth season and it will not let those fans of the series down at all.

The set features all of the episodes of the show's sixth season, spanning four discs. Episodes included are as follows: Whose Wife Is It Anyway, Twisted Sister, The Shrink, The Spark and How To Get It, The Waxman Cometh, Is That a Ten Foot Sandwich or are You Just Happy To Se Me, All's Fare, Miss Jenkins, If It's Not One Thing It's Your Mother, The Wrong Stuff, Insanity Claus, She's Back, Have I Got A Couple For You, Fools Russian, Let's Call The Whole Thing Off, Remembrance of Flings Past (two-parter), Gone But Not Faygotten, Ex Lies and Videotape, Portrait of the Con Artist as a Young Man, The Love Life and Times of Joe and Helen, A House to Die For, Nuptials Off, Et Tu Antonio, Boys Just Wanna Have Fun, and Here It Is The Big Wedding.

The premise behind Wings is deceptively simple, but it works so well. The show follows the lives of an airport staff, their jobs, and the lives they live. Among the cast of characters are two brothers who are polar opposites running a small airline, a spoiled and arrogant rich guy in charge of a larger one, a stereotypical immigrant taxi driver, an often-clueless old woman who tends to numerous duties in the facility, and an eccentric, oddball mechanic.

Wings is one of those few shows that managed to stay fresh for its entire run. The sixth season featured two major events with its cast - one good, one not so good. The good aspect was Amy Yasbeck becoming a regular on the show. The not-so-good occurrence was the departure of Thomas Haden Church, who brilliantly portrayed the mechanic Lowell.

Sadly, the DVD transfers of Wings have not been all that great, and the sixth season doesn't manage to be an exception to this. While the picture quality definitely looks better than catching repeats on the air in syndication, the ten-year-plus age of the film really shows. It's clear Paramount hasn't given this show the treatment a number of other series they released on DVD have gotten. The audio is not of great quality, but there aren't any major issues with it either. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs but does not come with any Special Features.