Critical Research Failure: "In "Portrait of the Con Artist as a Young Man", Casey is trying to get Lowell to create more of his random-object art, but Lowell says he needs a special occasion like a birthday. Casey looks at a calendar and says that it is Charlotte Brontë, Babe Ruth, and Angie Dickinson's birthday. None of those three people have birthdays anywhere close to one another.
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 eight 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.
Also, the fact that Tony Shalhoub starred in this show gets funnier when you realize that Wingswas rerun quite heavily by the USA Network— which would have its first bonafide hit original in Monk, which had Shalhoub as the protagonist.
Hollywood Pudgy: Many jokes were made about Helen being overweight growing up, but when we finally see her as a kid, she is only slightly larger than the other children.
Recycled Script: The three Sandy Cooper episodes all followed the same basic template: Sandy comes to town, Joe freaks out and tries to tell everyone that she's crazy and obsessed with him but nobody believes him, the others finally get Joe to calm down only for Sandy to corner Joe alone somewhere and proceed to act out a fantasy scenario based on her delusions that she and Joe are in love with each other, Joe escapes but cannot convince anyone else what happened, then finally Sandy leaves, but on her way out, she makes a small comment to Joe indicating that she isn't finished with him yet.
Replacement Scrappy: Budd Bronski, the mechanic who replaced Lowell. He was criticized for essentially being the same character, and quietly dropped after a handful of appearances. Speculation abounds that the reason for his existence was because his episodes were written before Thomas Haden Church left for Ned & Stacey, and that he was essentially supposed to have been a placeholder character.
Dave Hackel wrote 12 episodes. Hackel is best known as creator and executive producer of Becker
Mark Reisman also wrote 12 episodes. Reisman is best known as creator and executive producer of The Exes.
Michael Sardo also wrote 12 episodes. Sardo is best known as creator and executive producer of Fairly Legal.
Howard Gewirtz wrote ten episodes. Gewirtz is best known as creator and executive producer of Oliver Beene.
Christopher Lloyd wrote six episodes. Lloyd is also best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of Modern Family.
Ken Levine and David Isaacs wrote four episodes and Levine directed an episode. Both are best known as creators and executive producers of Big Wave Dave's.
Laura Innes (ER's Kerry Weaver) as Lowell's sweet, but slutty and perpetually unfaithful wife.
A young Matthew Fox plays a high school pitching phenom who almost misses a game because Joe refuses to land the plane he's on in a thick fog. Maybe if Joe had been piloting Oceanic Flight 815, things would've ended differently...
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 practice 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. (Though in hindsight, the writers had a good reason for not putting her with Joe- it would have interfered with their plans to get Joe and Helen back together.) Additionally, many felt that her reasons for breaking up with Brian were petty and weak, and her behavior toward him afterward (refusing to make any attempt to talk things out, then leaving in the middle of the night so he couldn't contact her again) was unnecessarily cold.
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.
One classical pops Cover Album for the Beatles included "Mull of Kintyre"(!).
Many of the songs Paul did after leaving the Beatles, but before The Beatles Anthology, have a tendency to 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: Hits and History 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.
Ho Yay: Jack and David spend more time together on screen than they do with their supposed girlfriends. While most of it is just Values Dissonance in how men used to express their affection towards one another, it's easy for a modern audience to interpret their competitiveness over the same girl as a way to hide their feelings for each. The last scene in particular where Dave lies dying is just chock-full of sexual tension. Jack's holding him in his arms, they run their fingers through each other's hair, and they're so close to one another that when Jack flat-out kisses David on the side of his lips, it's not that big of a surprise. They also reaffirm in this scene that their friendship to each other is the most important thing they have.
Cliché Storm: Wings is a story about an outcast teenager who is bullied by everyone around her for her "special" trait (namely her wings). She, however, is destined for great things. Hoping to win respect from her hometown, Dawn runs off after she sees a comet crash in the mountain. This leads her on an adventure where she meets a boy and goes up against enemies.