Frequent travelers will find the American TV series Pan Am one interesting show mainly because it will take them to different places across the globe. This is in spite of the fact that many of the episodes were only shot at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as well as in other places in and around New York. Long Island was, in fact, the location of the pilot episode of the program.

Apart from the travelers, history buffs should take interest in Pan Am as this is actually the main theme of the series - to show the many travails of the people behind the success of the Pan American World Airways sometime in the 1960s when commercial jets were still a relatively new concept. In particular, Pan Am focuses on the lives of the pilots as well as the stewardesses who were directly involved in the initial operation of this legendary airline.

For a period drama like Pan Am, research was naturally a major requirement in order to correctly depict the events surrounding the airline as they actually unfolded. Fortunately, one of the executive producers of the show, Nancy Hult Ganis, was a former Pan Am stewardess, having served the airline from 1968 up to 1976, so accuracy of data was hardly a problem.

Of course, the need for the characters to be highly interesting was imperative, and for the most part, this was effectively achieved by the show. This is especially true on the part of the Cameron sisters, Kate and Laura, both Pan Am stewardesses who have vastly opposing personalities, and portrayed onscreen by Kelli Garner and Margot Robbie respectively.

Historical dramas, however, hardly last long, and Pan Am proved this to be true when it aired for only one season. TV producer ABC, however, insists that Pan Am was not cancelled, and that a second run is in the planning stages and will be announced soon.

 

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