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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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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Andy Travis (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson / ... (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Dr. Johnny Fever (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe / ... (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Les Nessman / ... (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Herb Tarlek (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Venus Flytrap (87 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Bailey Quarters (86 episodes, 1978-1982)


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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18 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Halløj i æteren  »

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(90 episodes)

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Did You Know?


Series writer Bill Dial made several appearances as the station's engineer, Bucky Dornster. See more »


[at a record store hosting a WKRP remote broadcast]
Herb Tarlek: Del, goshdarnit I've got to go, but if you need anything, anything at all, I'll be in my car somewhere.
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Crazy Credits

The lyrics for the closing credits consist of gibberish words. See more »


Referenced in Captive Audience (1999) See more »

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A breath of fresh air
30 May 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Amid the cookie-cutter, assembly-line sitcoms of the late '70s and early '80s, "WKRP in Cincinnati" stood out like a breath of fresh air. It had all the qualities necessary for a classic comedy: the show was character-driven, not dependent on a never-ending stream of glib and not-so-glib one-liners (and, thank God, no "cute" kids); the writing was sharp, clever, and at times absolutely brilliant; the ensemble cast worked together like a well-oiled machine, with each character having its own distinctive--and, unusual for television, three-dimensional--qualities, both good and not so good; and in addition to wringing laughs out of everyday situations, it wasn't afraid to tackle more serious subjects, either, such as parental responsibility, censorship, shady business practices in the industry, drug use and, of course, one of the most barbaric problems to have confronted America in this century: the practice of using live turkeys in promotional campaigns ("As God is my witness, I thought they could fly!").

Many episodes stand out, of course, the main one probably being the above-mentioned turkey extravaganza, but there were others that were equally as memorable: the staff's discomfort at being sponsored by a chain of funeral homes and having to come up with a catchy "slogan" for them; the inspired casting of Bert Parks as Herb Tarlek's charming, but even more obnoxious, father; Johnny Fever's "selling out" by hosting a cheesy TV dance show; Les Nessman's being barred from sports locker rooms because of a false rumor spread around that he was gay; a dark secret from Venus Flytrap's past finally catching up with him; and a host of other brilliant episodes dealing with serious and not-so-serious issues.

This is one of the class acts of sitcomdom, and ranks up there with "Taxi", "Mary Tyler Moore," "Cheers" and "Seinfeld" as among the finest sitcoms ever made. Unfortunately, unlike the aforementioned shows, "WKRP" never really got the respect it so richly deserved. But at least we can keep enjoying it on reruns. Thank God for small favors.

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