WKRP in Cincinnati: Season 1, Episode 21

Fish Story (28 May 1979)

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In an episode hated by creator Hugh Wilson, but loved by the fans, we see a day in the life of WKRP. Johnny and Venus are participating in a "Drinking and Response Time" on-air promotion. ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
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Lee Bergere ...
WPIG Mascot
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M.G. Kelly ...
Quentin Stone
Jack O'Leary ...
The Painter


In an episode hated by creator Hugh Wilson, but loved by the fans, we see a day in the life of WKRP. Johnny and Venus are participating in a "Drinking and Response Time" on-air promotion. Mr. Carlson & Andy are being interviewed for a newspaper about the changes at the station. The lobby is being painted by a lazy and slow painter. And Herb, dressed like a Karp (WKRP) gets into a fight with a guy dressed like a Pig (WPIG) in a college bathroom and gets arrested with Bailey and Les. Written by Jersey73

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While on break from production, Hugh Wilson visited his father who was a law professor at Harvard. Some students from the law class came to visit Wilson and told them they had just seen "Fish Story" and thought it was the most hilarious TV episode ever produced. Even though Wilson "disowned" the episode, he couldn't resist getting a little recognition, so he told the students, "Well, do you want to know something? I wrote it!" One of the students asked, "Well, what's your name?" Wilson replied, "Hugh Wilson." The students got somewhat irate after his reply and one of them added, "You did NOT write it! We saw the credits. Raoul Plager wrote it!" See more »


Venus Flytrap is wearing a Cincinnati Reds jacket, but it is spelled Cincinnato instead. See more »


References Love Story (1970) See more »


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21 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the radio booth it shows Venus's jacket a Cincinnati Reds jacket, but Cincinnati is spelled "Cincinnato", Why? I think this is a very funny show. 2 of the 3 story lines are very funny, the interview part is poor. I have watched it many times, and never noticed until tonight. I would like to know why the Name was spelled wrong. The Pig fight is also funny. I think it was funny that when Mr Carlson needed bail money, he did not have any, and Jennifer had it to give to him. I think the fish suit is cool, much better than the Pig suit. Wkrp is the funniest show from it's time, clean, funny, and silly. The networks should make shows like this now. It would make people relax.

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