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"WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1978-1982

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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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This shows great strength (besides being funny) was that the characters became increasingly three-dimensional, a trait most sitcoms fail at.. See more (47 total) »


 (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)
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Did You Know?

Sylvia Sidney played "Mama" Carlson in the pilot episode. However, Carol Bruce took over the role for the rest of the series run because executive producer/creator Hugh Wilson said that Sidney was not pleasant to work with, did not get along with the cast or producers and thought the show itself was ridiculous.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 »
Venus Flytrap:[Fever runs into the booth and hides behind the coat rack] What are you doin', man! I'm on the air!
Dr. Johnny Fever:Herb Tarlek is selling life insurance!
Venus Flytrap:Oh, no! Close the blinds before he sees us!
Andy Travis:[Walks into the booth] What have I told you guys about goofing off when one of you is supposed to be on the air?
Dr. Johnny Fever:Herb Tarlek is selling life insurance!
Andy Travis:Oh, no!
[slams the door and hides with Fever]
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
This shows great strength (besides being funny) was that the characters became increasingly three-dimensional, a trait most sitcoms fail at.., 3 December 2000
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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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