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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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though Carol Bruce and Gordon Jump played mother and son respectively, Bruce was only 13 years older than Jump in real life. See more »


Andy Travis: It's a good thing I had an extra pair of jeans in my office.
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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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Most incredibly compact, realistic...and funny sitcom I've ever enjoyed.
22 October 2004 | by (Qingdao, China) – See all my reviews

Two TV programs are burned into my humor memory banks...the first from youth...Ernie Kovacs and his cigar MC-ing the Blackstone Magicians Convention TV Special in the 50's (before his ridiculous death in that ridiculous subcompact car). The image of Kovacs (and the cigar) inserting swords into a cabinet with a studio volunteer inside...the last thrust...just before a commercial break...accompanied by a gasp and moan. Kovacs watches as the handle of the sword rises, turns full face to the camera with a shrug and a complex of wicked humor, confusion, and phlegmatic acceptance on his face as the screen fades to black. The second from adulthood...WKRP's Thanksgiving show...Les Nessman's breathless redux of Pittsburgh broadcaster Herb (damn, sorry Herb I've forgotten the last name!) report on the Hindenberg disaster...as he described hapless, live turkeys hurled from a helicopter hovering above a shopping center parking lot. Herb Tarlek's anguished, "I swear to God Big Guy, I thought turkeys could fly!" as the denemois (so much for my recollection of high school French)to the "horror" and the "audience" response to his promotional gimmick.

I'd just had abdominal surgery 2 days before the Kovac's show so you can imagine my truly experiencing "laugh till you cry." I was preparing a turkey for my annual "y'all come" TG potluck, when the WKRP program aired...the turkey and dressing were everywhere as I thrashed about with unrestrained rib cracking laughter. I've told literally thousands of people about these two shows and would sure like to show them.

Bottomline: Are there DVD's or VCR's of the original shows available?

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