NBC (ended 1997)
I absolutely love "Wings" and completely disagree with the show editor's comments on the summary page that "Wings" could be described as "Cheers 2." The only similiarity, in my opinion, is that they both happen to be set in Massachusetts. I guess that makes "Dawson's Creek" a bad knockoff of both.
I think it does have to do with your generation, since "Wings" came along almost ten years after "Cheers" premiered, but I've never had more than a passing interest in "Cheers" and "Wings" is one of my all-time faves.
|I think it does have to do with your generation, since "Wings" came along almost ten years after "Cheers" premiered, but I've never had more than a passing interest in "Cheers" and "Wings" is one of my all-time faves.|
I was a baby when Cheers came out, so I never got to watch in its origional run. I did watch the last few seasons of Wings when they origionally aired. I just find the Wings gang so much... nicer. Cheers was supposed to be this fun place where everybody knows your name, but I think it's a dreary place with unpleasant people at times. I'll hang out at the airport than the bar any day of the week.
It's a close call. I watched them both, and loved them both. However, I don't really see how people consider "Wings" s knockoff of "Cheers". Not even close, other than the fact that they both had excellent laughs and were great shows for their respective periods. "Cheers" is one of my all-time favorites, which has almost no parallel for the length of time they were number one, and the amount of creatiuve stories and hilarity that ensues., It is also very much the most timelss ofmost of the sit-coms. I watch it still regularily noe, and it is still dead-on funny.
"Wings" also had great laughs throughout the series, but was on for a shorter time. There were very few cast changes, and they didn't introduce new characters yearly after there midway mark like "Cheers". I think I might have had a few heartier laughs during "Wings", but all in all "Cheers" was a much better written show in my opinion. They both had great casts through and through.
I vote for "Cheers" by a small margin because I consider the acting a tie, the storylines going to "Cheers" along with the writing. I think the comedy was strong on both series, but "Cheers" definitely had the edge in the drama and the romantic storyline between Sam and Diane is untouchable. Even Sam and Rebecca can go head to head with Joe and Helen. I equate Woody with Lowell, and Norm with Roy. Sam and Diane destroy Helen and Joe. Then you pit Antonio with Cliff, and Faye with Coach. Then we can pit Carla with the hottie helicopter girl (I forget her name). And finally there is Casey, who vies with Rebecca. Then you still have no competition for the Melville's crowd and John (Melville's owner) along with the bar crowd regulars, but we can place them opposed to the passing through airport customers...BUT YOU HAVE ONE BIG, HUGE PROBLEM!!!! There is no replacement for Frasier and Lilith, who were so superior to most other shows' side characters, that I believe they did manage to create a best-selling and top-rated TV series on those characters.
So, in characters, I give "Cheers" the edge as well. Plus it covered comedy, as well as drama, romantic-comedy. I guess it's not as close as I assumed. But, "Wings" was a great show. I think it was much better than "Home Improvement, which competed against it during the same era of television. In fact, I think "Home Improvement" didn't offer much at all .Her had one joke, that grunting thing, which wasn't even funny to me. And Wilson's hidden face, they should have learned how to do it better from "Cheers" with the missing Vera (A classic when the Thanksgiving episode had her enter with the pie over her face). Or even that spin-off I was talking about, who had a mysterious wife named Maris who I don't believe we ever saw. My viewing tailed off at the end.
But, in a full-force critical review, minus the technology catergories like special effects and film related criticisms and camera play, I give "Cheers" a serious edge in greatness. But I don't think it was nearly as much as a landslide as this article makes it seem. "Wings" was great.