WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)

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The staff of a struggling radio station have a chance at success after the new programming director changes the format to rock music

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 Andy Travis (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Johnny 'Dr. Fever' Caravella (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Les Nessman / ... (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Herbert 'Herb' Tarlek (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Venus Flytrap (87 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Bailey Quarters (86 episodes, 1978-1982)
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Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson tries to run a failing Cincinnati radio station owned by his "tough as nails" mother. His own incompetence is overshadowed by the strange employees that work at the station. From wild Disc Jockeys: Dr. Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap to the geeky news director, Les Nessman and obnoxious advertising sales manager, Herb Tarlek. With the help of saner employees such as Bailey Quarters; the rather shy journalism major; Jennifer Marlowe, the beautiful receptionist who is the very opposite of a stereotypical "Dumb Blonde" and Andy Travis; the studly program director, Carlson tries gimmick after crazy gimmick to bring money into the station and make it a success. Written by Kate Tripper

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Trivia

Hugh Wilson would do the warm-up during show tapings. Wilson said during a warm-up that the reason he chose call letters "WKRP" is that they were the only ones not being used by an actual station. He said he wanted to use "WSOS" or "WHLP" but they were taken. During the show's run, a small AM radio station in Georgia applied to the FCC for the call letters WKRP. The show's producers considered legal action, but were informed by the FCC that their trademark rights did not prevent a legitimate radio station from using the call letters, which were granted to the applicant. See more »

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In the pilot episode, after the rock music change, the needle on the turntable is on the label of the record that's playing, yet the music is playing fine. Clearly, music was never playing from actual vinyl records when WKRP played their songs. See more »

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Bailey Quarters: Have you noticed all the men in Landersville are going bald? I wonder if there's a nuclear power plant in the area.
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The lyrics for the closing credits consist of gibberish words. See more »

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This shows great strength (besides being funny) was that the characters became increasingly three-dimensional, a trait most sitcoms fail at..
3 December 2000 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

Many sitcoms start out with great promise, but over successive seasons settle and turn dimensionally less realistic. Take for example Tony Danza's spiral down in "Taxi" into the "dumb guy." In WKRP in Cincinnati, the complete opposite was true. Two dimensional stereotypes at the beginning (cowboy programmer, dim-witted receptionist, lazy mama's boy manager, city-wise black DJ, etc.) were allowed over the show's course to become psychologically real. The on-going harassment by married salesman Herb Tarlek towards Jennifer the receptionist was finally confronted, and in subsequent episodes he was never quite the pig towards her as before. Alcoholism and drug abuse were addressed, but never in the "hit you over the head" PC style of today. The show could be simultaneously hilarious and of dire seriousness. If you can, catch the episodes in rerun in order. The final season is amazing, especially when the previous years have set you up for it. Carol Bruce (Mama Carlson) episodes are especially stunning. And always look for Les Nessman's roaming band-aid.


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