I haven't seen "Pan Am" or "Come Fly With Me," but I think you're over reacting.
Here are the similarities:
-Female leads who play stewardesses
Your main reasoning that it must be a rip off is that it takes place inside the airplane industry. That's not copying. Airplanes are a thing, neither
"Come Fly With Me" or "Boeing, Boeing" invented them. They set the show in the '60s for the same reason that Mad Men is set in the sixties. It's not
that far away, there were a lot of social changes going on and a lot of industries were booming and/or changing. The characters are also stewardesses.
So, no piece of media can ever be about stewardesses again? There should only be one movie about cops or soldiers, astronauts, presidents, truck
drivers or any of the hundreds of thousands of professions we've seen used in movies time and time again.
"Come Fly With Me" doesn't own the concept of stewardesses. Nor do they own the concepts of romance, excitement or drama. The posters the same? Both
have women standing more or less in a line. How do you want them to advertise their show? Show a plane? That doesn't make sense. If you're making a
show about stewardesses in the 60s you're going to show: the women themselves because men will want to watch a show with attractive women, them in
their uniforms so the viewer gets a sense of time and place and you'll show them holding bags so people get a sense of travel and don't think they're
elevator operators or something.
Pan Am sounds like it'd be an easy show to write and an appealing show to produce. There's bound to be a lot of dealing with sexism and racism, tons
of romance between attractive people and the drama that comes with romance, you can to have them travel to exotic places. That's why they made it.
I'm not saying it's not possible that the creators saw "Come Fly With Me" and thought, "Hey, stewardesses, that'd be a good show." But that doesn't
make it a rip off. It's also just as likely that they watched "Mad Men" and thought, "Hey, the '60s. What would this be like from a woman's point of
It doesn't sound like the two share any plot lines aside from that there's romance. The synopsis says "Pan Am" has a plot line about one of the ladies
working for the government, doing spy business. The Bay of Pigs is mentioned. It sounds really different. Plus, this is a network television show. The
ideal is that there will be 22-24 episodes a season. That's 24 hours of writing. Even if "Pan Am" first two episodes were pulled directly from "Come
Fly With Me," they'd quickly have to come up with new stuff.
A lot of media gets recycled. It happens, it's always happened. Before Hollywood and television. Joseph Campbell wrote a book about it. There's not
much new under the sun, which is why people play the variations and some people do it very skillfully. But "Pan Am" vs "Come Fly With Me" looks like
an awful example of something being ripped off, because there's so much difference aside from the core concept which you only look at as a rip off
because unlike movies/show about cops and soldiers there's not a lot of stuff about stewardesses.
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