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WKRP in Cincinnati: :  -- After winning the coveted Silver Sow Award for farm news reporting, Les asks Jennifer to be his date for the banquet - and she says yes!
WKRP in Cincinnati: :  -- An advertising campaign for funeral packages clashes with the station's rock and roll aesthetic.
WKRP in Cincinnati: :  -- A tornado unexpectedly hits Cincinnati, allowing Mr. Carlson to demonstrate his leadership abilities and allowing Jennifer to reveal a hidden talent.
WKRP in Cincinnati: Season 1: Episode 11 -- An old flame is rekindled for Andy, while Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap are offered as prizes in the station's "Win a Date with a D.J." contest.
WKRP in Cincinnati: Season 1: Episode 9 -- Mr. Carlson is thrown for a loop when his tyrannical mother - WKRP's owner - arrives to review the station's recent changes.


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Release Date:
18 September 1978 (USA) See more »
The staff of a struggling radio station have a chance at success after the new programming director changes the format to rock music Full summary »
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 33)

Gary Sandy ... Andy Travis (90 episodes, 1978-1982)

Gordon Jump ... Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson (90 episodes, 1978-1982)

Howard Hesseman ... Johnny 'Dr. Fever' Caravella (90 episodes, 1978-1982)

Loni Anderson ... Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe (89 episodes, 1978-1982)

Richard Sanders ... Les Nessman / ... (89 episodes, 1978-1982)

Frank Bonner ... Herbert 'Herb' Tarlek (89 episodes, 1978-1982)

Tim Reid ... Venus Flytrap (87 episodes, 1978-1982)

Jan Smithers ... Bailey Quarters (86 episodes, 1978-1982)

Series Directed by
Rod Daniel (24 episodes, 1979-1981)
Will Mackenzie (16 episodes, 1979-1982)
Asaad Kelada (15 episodes, 1978-1982)
Linda Day (11 episodes, 1980-1982)
Frank Bonner (6 episodes, 1980-1982)
Michael Zinberg (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Nicholas Stamos (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Dolores Ferraro (3 episodes, 1981)
Hugh Wilson (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Dan Guntzelman (2 episodes, 1981)
George Gaynes (1 episode, 1982)
Howard Hesseman (1 episode, 1982)
Gordon Jump (1 episode, 1982)
Series Writing credits
Hugh Wilson (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
Steve Marshall (14 episodes, 1979-1982)
Dan Guntzelman (13 episodes, 1979-1982)
Blake Hunter (12 episodes, 1979-1982)
Pj Torokvei (8 episodes, 1979-1982)
Steven Kampmann (7 episodes, 1979-1981)
Lissa Levin (7 episodes, 1980-1982)
Bill Dial (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Michael Fairman (5 episodes, 1979-1982)
Richard Sanders (5 episodes, 1979-1982)
Tom Chehak (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Tim Reid (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Joyce Armor (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
Judie Neer (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
Paul Robinson Hunter (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Mary Maguire (2 episodes, 1979)

Series Produced by
Hugh Wilson .... producer / executive producer (25 episodes, 1978-1982)
Rod Daniel .... associate producer / producer (15 episodes, 1978-1980)
Ted Kaye .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Max Tash .... associate producer / coordinating producer (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Blake Hunter .... producer (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Pj Torokvei .... producer (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Bill Dial .... producer (1 episode, 1979-1980)
Steven Kampmann .... producer (1 episode, 1980-1981)
Series Original Music by
Tom Wells (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
Series Cinematography by
George La Fountaine Sr. (1 episode, 1982)
Series Film Editing by
Chip Brooks (9 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ed Brennan (8 episodes, 1979)
Bob Best (7 episodes, 1978-1980)
Andy Ackerman (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Series Casting by
Sharon Himes (23 episodes, 1978-1980)
Series Art Direction by
Ken Johnson (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jacqueline Webber (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Series Set Decoration by
Jacque Webber (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Catherine Mann (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
Series Costume Design by
Warden Neil (10 episodes, 1978-1982)
Series Makeup Department
Janis Clark .... hair stylist (24 episodes, 1978-1982)
Ray Steele .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ray Sebastian .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1979)
Nancy Garen .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1980-1982)

Bron Roylance .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Brett Crutcher .... unit manager (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Abby Singer .... production executive: MTM Productions, Inc. / executive in charge of production: MTM Productions, Inc. (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Carol Himes .... production manager (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Linda Day .... associate director (23 episodes, 1978-1980)
Ginger Grigg .... associate director (19 episodes, 1978-1982)

Robert J. Smawley .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Edwin McCormick .... construction coordinator (44 episodes, 1980-1982)
Chris Circosta .... property master (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Eric A. Hulett .... set dresser (19 episodes, 1981-1982)
Dick Durant .... property master (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Series Sound Department
Ken Becker .... audio (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Cam McCulloch .... audio (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
Series Stunts
Gregg Sawaya .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1981)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Browning .... video (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Harold Guy .... lighting director (15 episodes, 1978-1979)
Larry Boelens .... lighting consultant (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
George La Fountaine Sr. .... lighting consultant (12 episodes, 1979-1980)
Joel Siebert .... lighting director (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Steve Berry .... video operator (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Series Casting Department
Geri Windsor .... executive in charge of talent (1 episode, 1982)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Warden Neil .... wardrobe (15 episodes, 1978-1980)
Series Editorial Department
Rod Daniel .... post production consultant / post-production consultant (4 episodes, 1978)
Series Music Department
Jim Ellis .... composer: closing theme (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (3 episodes, 1979)
Series Other crew
Buzz Sapien .... stage manager (43 episodes, 1978-1980)
Marilynn Marko-Sanders .... assistant to the producer / production assistant / ... (25 episodes, 1978-1982)
Meryl O'Loughlin .... executive in charge of talent / talent executive (24 episodes, 1978-1980)
Lissa Levin .... production secretary / story consultant (23 episodes, 1978-1982)
Tim Womack .... production associate (23 episodes, 1978-1980)
Max Tash .... production associate / production assistant (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Mary Maguire .... production secretary (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Blake Hunter .... story editor / creative consultant / ... (19 episodes, 1978-1980)
Mike Maloof .... technical director (18 episodes, 1978-1979)
Tom Chehak .... story editor / creative consultant (17 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bill Dial .... story editor / creative consultant (17 episodes, 1978-1979)
Lynne Folks .... production secretary (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
Emily Marshall .... story editor (6 episodes, 1979)
Ginger Grigg .... assistant to producer (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bob Jones .... technical director (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Ray Conners .... technical director (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Steven Kampmann .... story editor (2 episodes, 1979-1981)
Patricia Perillo .... assistant to producer / production secretary (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
Richard Sandoval .... production associate / stage manager (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
Dan Guntzelman .... story editor (2 episodes, 1980)
Mary Korbett .... production secretary (2 episodes, 1980)
Steve Marshall .... story editor (2 episodes, 1980)
Pj Torokvei .... story editor (2 episodes, 1980)

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30 min (90 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

David Cassidy turned down the role of Johnny "Dr. Johnny Fever" Caravella.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in CBS at 75 (2003) (TV)See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Humor with Intelligence without "Jokes", 26 April 2007
Author: classicalsteve from Oakland, CA

There are few jokes in the best TV sitcoms and films. The funniest moments happen when well-defined characters are in unusual situations in which they react as themselves. One of the funniest scenes in "The Graduate" is Benjamin Braddock trying to avoid drawing attention to himself when he wants to check into a hotel because he's having an affair. Or when muggers accosting Jack Benny say "You're gonna give us $10,000, or we're gonna break both your legs" to which Benny replies, "Does it have to be both?" (Benny's character in both his radio and TV shows was that he was stingy and would do anything to avoid giving or paying money.)

WKRP was lucky to have the kind of writers who also understood the power of character to create comedy. The characters of WKRP rarely make self-conscious wise-cracks. Herb Tarlek would sometimes try to be witty but often with catastrophic results. The chemistry that made WKRP work was the writers' understanding of their characters which in turn manifested dialog that appeared spontaneous yet funny. The humor evolved from the characters simply being themselves without the writers having to force jokes into the script. This is the most effective kind of comedy writing in the narrative style but it depends on interesting and quirky characters.

A few quick examples: when Les Nesman is asked what he thinks about radio stations in Cincinatti playing mostly "rock 'n' roll" music he replies that "it must be some sort of conspiratorial plot." When a visitor asks to see Mr Carlson (in front of Mr Carlson), Carlson (trying to avoid people in general) replies "He's dead." And when Jennifer the receptionist is asked to do some note-taking and filing she says "I don't do typing. I don't do filing. Anything else?"

This was an outstanding comedy that may have been a bit overlooked at that time since it was broadcast at the tale-end of a 20-year run of great television comedy that began with shows like the Dick Van Dyke Show, I Dream of Jeanie, MASH, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Mork and Mindy. The only two sitcoms that were truly great after that were Cheers and Seinfeld. MASH relied more on the wise-cracks but that was an attribute of Hawkeye's character. (I have never felt the writing in "Friends" was that strong relying almost exclusively on wise-cracks rather than situations although it is very popular.) WKRP is one of the few shows that still seems fresh and lively despite having been first broadcast almost 30 years ago. The writers had the uncommon ability to give the cast interesting lines that were funny, unexpected and yet totally believable and within character. And unlike most current TV comedy writing, wise-cracks and jokes were a rarity.

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