YMMV: Wings

The TV series:

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Antonio. A fan favorite from day one, his role grew more prominent each season. Just before the show's cancellation, he was heading rapidly toward Breakout Character status.
    • The show in general. Despite constantly being moved from one time slot to another, the ratings held firm and it lasted for a solid seven seasons.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Tim Daly played a character married to someone named Helen. Three years after the series ended, in the remake of The Fugitive, he played a character (the title character, in fact) married to someone named. . .Helen.
  • Growing the Beard: While the first two seasons are seen as pretty decent, many fans feel that the show really hit its stride in the third season, in part due to several new writers being brought in, but largely because that was when Antonio joined the main cast.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In a sad irony for a show about running an airline service, David Angell and his wife, Lynn, were both killed when they were flying back home to California after attending a family wedding in Cape Cod, when the plane that they were on, American Airlines Flight 11, was hijacked and deliberately flown into the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the Cheers Cross Over episode "Planes, Trains, and Visiting Cranes," Joe calls Lillith Crane "Morticia." Bebe Neuwirth would later originate the role of Morticia in The Musical version of The Addams Family.
  • Recycled Script: The three Sandy Cooper episodes were accused of this.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Budd Bronski, the mechanic who replaced Lowell. He was criticized for essentially being the same character.
  • The Scrappy: Casey. Some fans were able to appreciate what she brought to the ensemble, while others disliked her. Others feel she sucked at first, but got better once the writers ditched the spoiled rich girl persona and gave her an actual personality.
    • Alex, the character who preceded Casey, was not universally popular herself, as she was intended to be a strong career-minded woman, but in practise generally tended to come across as being completely stiff and humorless. Many fans also didn't like that she ended up in a relationship with Brian, when her personality seemed like a much better match for that of Joe.
  • The Woobie - Joe. So much.

The band with Paul McCartney:

  • Covered Up: "Girlfriend" was originally meant for Michael Jackson, so no surprise there, but Paul's grandchildren thought he was trying to be cool covering a Guns N' Roses song...
  • Earworm — this band was successful for so long for a reason.
  • Face of the Band — Paul
  • Harsher in Hindsight — Both of the songs Jimmy McCulloch wrote and sang for the band, "Medicine Jar" and "Wino Junko" carried strong anti-drug messages. After leaving the band, he would die of a drug overdose.
  • Misattributed Song — The theme to Live and Let Die is often mistakenly attributed to the Beatles.
    • One classical pops Cover Album for The Beatles included "Mull of Kintyre"(!).
    • Just about anything Paul did after leaving the Beatles but before The Beatles Anthology will be attributed to Wings. It doesn't help that compilations make little distinction between Wings and Paul on his own; they all include songs from both "artists" regardless of what the focus of the compilation is supposed to be. All The Best! is officially a Paul McCartney album, but over half the songs are by Wings. Wingspan features quite a few songs which are Paul solo or Paul and Linda. Even Wings Greatest includes Paul solo and Paul & Linda.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Laurence Juber went on to solo success for his acoustic guitar work - including an album of Wings covers, natch - making Back To The Egg an example for his fans.
  • The Scrappy:
    Q: What do you call a dog with wings?
    A: Linda McCartney.
  • Yoko Oh No — Linda. Even she wasn't crazy about her being in the band.

The movie