WKRP in Cincinnati: Season 2, Episode 6

Carlson for President (5 Nov. 1979)

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Carlson runs for city council. His only hope for victory is a bit of gossip he finds out about the incumbent's drinking problem and poor attendance at council meetings. Against the wishes ... See full summary »

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Mitzi Monahan (as Lillian Garrett-Bonner)
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Carlson runs for city council. His only hope for victory is a bit of gossip he finds out about the incumbent's drinking problem and poor attendance at council meetings. Against the wishes of Bailey, Carlson lets the information slip during a televised debate. Written by Jersey73

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Charles Tillman: Mr. Carlson, you can't even run a small radio station!
Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: What?
Charles Tillman: [laughing] WKRP? Ha!
Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: [to Barry] He just said I can't...
[now to Tillman]
Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: Listen, buddy, I run that station and I work hard at it! What's more, I'm there everyday, I'm not off getting drunk, Tillman!
Barry Schifrin: Do you have an answer to that accusation, Mr. Tillman?
Charles Tillman: [panicked and stammering] No... no comment.
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From A Political Buff's Angle, A Poorly Done Episode In Every Way
8 March 2009 | by ((Yankton, SD USA)) – See all my reviews

As people who read IMDb show reviews regularly will find out, I like to write reviews on shows I've seen whose episodes occasionally have a political campaign as part of the plot. I like them because of my love for politics and because I like the fact that each cast handles these scripts in a different way, regardless of if the character wins or loses. Most of the political episodes of TV shows I've seen in my lifetime, which include the Dick Van Dyke show, Mary Tyler Moore show and Wings to name a few, have been well written and well acted. And since most of these shows are comedies by genre, they make you laugh and wish you could be a real political candidate and still get away with half of the jokes the shows pull. I would never put the "Carlson For President" episode of WKRP in that selection. This episode was poorly done from start to finish. I think the actors themselves from the main cast to the guest stars could have come up with a better script then they did for this episode. Artuhr Carlson decides to run for Cincinnati City Council. A good way to help the community, the viewer thinks, until Andy lets it slip that he's running to impress his mother, who is the owner of WKRP. As a person who has run for my hometown's city council once and its county commission twice, I can tell you that impressing your mother is not a good reason to run for office. And no offense to the actors, but the WKRP staff ran a less than serious campaign and violated the law in the process. I know this because I have a friend in radio who was going to run for office herself until she found out that she would have to quit her job temporarily to do it. They also couldn't come up with a decent campaign ad to promote Carlson's candidacy. The part that really gets me though is that according to the script none of the candidates were at all impressive. One was running to promote her book, another was running strictly to oppose communism. The incumbent councilman was the worst. He couldn't answer a question without saying he intended to write a position paper on it, which Les tells Carlson to use for his answer. This councilman missed eighty percent of all council meetings. If a council member did that in my hometown, they would be recalled before I finish writing this review. When Carlson defends himself from one of the incumbent's charges and upsets Bailey doing it, he decides to sabotage his campaign. As I said, a poor episode from start to finish. I know they shoot this in Hollywood, but still if you can't make it believable, don't watch it. And that's what I suggest with this episode.


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