1990 TV-PG 2 seasons


1990 TV-PG 2 seasons
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Set in a tiny air terminal on Nantucket Island, this amiable sitcom centers on brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, who operate Sandpiper Air, while their lifelong friend Helen works the lunch counter, serving a steady trade of eccentrics and regulars.
Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard, David Schramm, Rebecca Schull
  • SEASON  1 & 2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 & 2 (1990) - 4 discs

Given their opposing philosophies on life, brothers Brian and Joe Hackett (Steven Weber and Timothy Daly) can't help but crash into each other while navigating the day-to-day operation of their tiny Nantucket airline in this sitcom from the creators of "Cheers." Among the plotlines in the first and second seasons, the boys witness a UFO flying in their airspace and try to persuade their friend Helen (Crystal Bernard) to try out for the symphony.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this '90s sitcom focuses on a group of people working at a Nantucket airport who, over time, become one another's family. The show explores the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty between them. There's some sexual innuendo, and some episodes deal with serious topics like infidelity and homosexuality. While these issues are addressed within a humorous context, they may be inappropriate for some younger viewers.

Sexual Content

Some sexual innuendo (Fay is particularly prone to making double entendres). Some characters are occasionally shown in bed with each other, but there's no sexual activity beyond kissing shown on screen.


Not applicable


Pretty mild: "Damn," "hell," etc.

Social Behavior

Two of the main characters are adult brothers who work through their problems to foster a strong relationship. The series also features a group of airport employees who come together as a family and are supportive and loyal to each other. Helen is an independent woman who runs her own business. Roy has difficulty accepting his gay son. The cast is all Caucasian; Antonio's Sicilian character draws humor from some gentle stereotyping. Brian is known for his irresponsible behavior, which often leads to relationship problems.


References to various Nantucket and Boston landmarks. Characters from Cheers occasionally make an appearance.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some drinking (with characters occasionally getting comically drunk). Roy consistently smokes cigars.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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