WKRP in Cincinnati: Season 1, Episode 7

Turkeys Away (30 Oct. 1978)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 9.4/10 from 358 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 1 critic

Mr. Carlson is beginning to feel useless at the new formatted rock station so he decides to create a big Thanksgiving Day promotion. His idea? Get a helicopter, with a banner attached to it... See full summary »



(created by),
Watch Episode
0Check in

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 01 Jun 2011
a list of 10 titles
created 21 Aug 2013
list image
a list of 300 titles
created 10 Dec 2013
list image
a list of 59 titles
created 1 month ago
a list of 14 images
created 2 weeks ago

Related Items

Search for "Turkeys Away" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Turkeys Away (30 Oct 1978)

Turkeys Away (30 Oct 1978) on IMDb 9.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of WKRP in Cincinnati.
« Previous Episode | 7 of 90 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode complete credited cast:
Shoe Store Owner


Mr. Carlson is beginning to feel useless at the new formatted rock station so he decides to create a big Thanksgiving Day promotion. His idea? Get a helicopter, with a banner attached to it saying "Happy Thanksgiving From WKRP", and drop live turkeys from the helicopter. Written by Jersey73

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

30 October 1978 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This was ranked by TV Guide as one of the greatest episodes in TV history. See more »


While Johnny and Venus are discussing the blonde wig giveaway and the Guatemalan earthquake, the record label switches back and forth between a black label (probably Columbia) and a rainbow label. See more »


Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
See more »


References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


By Pink Floyd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Beyond-Excellent Episode, But Let's Examine Its Brilliant Setup
6 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

It cannot be said enough how sensational is this episode, the eighth episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, so let's take a different approach to looking at the episode.

Namely, the setup. Anyone familiar with the show knows that it has eight cast members. Let's look at the placement of those eight people during this episode.

Mr. Carlson had Herb Tarlek with him, Les Nessman was in front of the shoe store, and Andy, Johnny, Venus and Bailey are at the radio station in the dj booth.

We don't even see Jennifer Marlowe during all of this, as obviously she is at her desk.

What else we don't see is a helicopter or any turkeys.

All the action, all the chaos, is from what we don't see. The only thing we are given is Les Nessman's report and the flabbergasted reactions of the the quartet in the sound booth.

Even more driving is the terrified shoppers running by Les as he gives a play-by-play to the turkeys' plummet.

Then we are given the only possible summary by Dr. Fever; The Pinedale Shopping Mall has been bombed by live turkeys.

From there, we receive the final fate of Mr. Carlson and Herb, covered in turkey feathers, and the truly terrified Les (the entire cast was gold, but Richard Sanders as Les shines constantly in this entire show, all the episodes), who described hiding in a phone booth from a deranged mob and that the surviving turkeys seemed to mobilize and attack (apparently Mr. Carlson and Herb).

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly" No, but this single episode sure has flown; to the top of the list in outstanding, original comedy episodes.

Worth noting: apparently turkeys being flung from a moving vehicle actually did take place, tho it may eventually become lost as to who or what did it. It seems it really was a radio station trying to do a Thanksgiving day promotion tho.

One version I did hear (perhaps the actual event) was that a radio station in Texas, I believe, released live turkeys from the back of a truck, thinking they would fly, which of course they didn't.

According to Tim Reid (Venus Flytrap) when he appeared on a holiday Tvland special, it was frozen turkeys which were thrown from the vehicle, be it a helicopter or a truck, they might as well have hurled cannonballs, if it was frozen turkeys.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Was there a censored Johnny fever line in syndication? roximunro
Memorable lines - there were many cole-jim
Complete series (finally) coming from Shout albert_m2
Songs I'll always associate with WKRP hariseldon59
Johnny Fever smoke pot?? Blacksheepone
Wow, What a difference a few decades can make! baidoasomalia
Discuss Turkeys Away (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: