WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
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Turkeys Away 

Feeling left out by all the recent changes, Mr. Carlson decides to launch his own Thanksgiving promotion. With the aid of Herb and Les, the Big Guy turns a routine turkey give-away into a comic catastrophe.

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This is the signature episode, the one that first comes to mind when one thinks of WKRP in Cincinatti. On air, Dr. Johnny Fever tells his fellow babies about Turkey Day doings. Out on the streets, "oh the humanity"... Mr. Carlson stages a top-secret holiday promotion and ends up ruffling a lot of feathers. Written by LA-Lawyer

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30 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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

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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 »

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Venus Flytrap: [Speaking of Mr. Carlson] This man must be stopped before he promotes again.
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Spoofs Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (1937) See more »

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Fun Time
Written by Allen Toussaint
Performed by Joe Cocker
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After 30 years, this episode still makes me laugh
22 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is crafted with sheer genius not only by the brilliant writing but by the actors. It showcases the talents of the various actors in this series, but most notably that of Richard Sanders (Les Nessman). His deadpan news reporting from the shopping center (not knowing what the Thanksgiving giveaway would be) and then his delivery of the Hindenburg "Oh the humanity" speech is absolutely a classic in sitcoms.

Equal praise for the rest of the actors in this episode. From the radio staff handling the angry callers, the subtlety of Jennifer (Loni Anderson) offering to get Mr Carlson his coffee. To the bewildered Mr Carlson (the late Gordon Jump) who discovers his knowledge of turkeys is sorely lacking.

I watched this episode today after having seen it the first time around in 1978 and it still makes me laugh.

A rare 10 out 10 for a sitcom. Bravo!


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