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WKRP in Cincinnati 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1978–1982)
The misadventures of the staff of a struggling Top 40 rock radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Hugh Wilson
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4   3   2   1  
1982   1981   1980   1979   1978  
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Gary Sandy ...  Andy Travis 90 episodes, 1978-1982
Gordon Jump ...  Arthur Carlson / ... 90 episodes, 1978-1982
Loni Anderson ...  Jennifer Marlowe / ... 89 episodes, 1978-1982
Howard Hesseman ...  Dr. Johnny Fever / ... 90 episodes, 1978-1982
Richard Sanders ...  Les Nessman / ... 89 episodes, 1978-1982
Frank Bonner ...  Herb Tarlek 89 episodes, 1978-1982
Tim Reid ...  Venus Flytrap / ... 87 episodes, 1978-1982
Jan Smithers ...  Bailey Quarters 86 episodes, 1978-1982
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Storyline

A hip, young program director pumps new life into a failing AM radio station, WKRP of Cincinatti, by changing format from Big Band to Hard Rock/Punk and bringing in two hot disc jockeys, over the protest of the owner... and some of the employees. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

WKRP in Cincinnati See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(90 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

WKRP was partially inspired by Harry Chapin's song "WOLD", about a wandering FM DJ looking to finally settle down. See more »

Goofs

Les Nessman is a bachelor, but he often is seen wearing a wedding ring. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Herb Tarlek: Okay fine.
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Crazy Credits

The lyrics for the closing credits consist of gibberish words. See more »

Alternate Versions

MTM Productions' license to use some of the songs for this show expired in the mid-1990s. Syndicated and home video versions since then, including that on the Nick-at-Nite cable network, have replaced some of those songs with stock music. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in WKRP in Cincinnati: A XXX Parody (2009) See more »

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Most incredibly compact, realistic...and funny sitcom I've ever enjoyed.
22 October 2004 | by rzhaograhamSee all my reviews

Two TV programs are burned into my humor memory banks...the first from youth...Ernie Kovacs and his cigar MC-ing the Blackstone Magicians Convention TV Special in the 50's (before his ridiculous death in that ridiculous subcompact car). The image of Kovacs (and the cigar) inserting swords into a cabinet with a studio volunteer inside...the last thrust...just before a commercial break...accompanied by a gasp and moan. Kovacs watches as the handle of the sword rises, turns full face to the camera with a shrug and a complex of wicked humor, confusion, and phlegmatic acceptance on his face as the screen fades to black. The second from adulthood...WKRP's Thanksgiving show...Les Nessman's breathless redux of Pittsburgh broadcaster Herb (damn, sorry Herb I've forgotten the last name!) report on the Hindenberg disaster...as he described hapless, live turkeys hurled from a helicopter hovering above a shopping center parking lot. Herb Tarlek's anguished, "I swear to God Big Guy, I thought turkeys could fly!" as the denemois (so much for my recollection of high school French)to the "horror" and the "audience" response to his promotional gimmick.

I'd just had abdominal surgery 2 days before the Kovac's show so you can imagine my truly experiencing "laugh till you cry." I was preparing a turkey for my annual "y'all come" TG potluck, when the WKRP program aired...the turkey and dressing were everywhere as I thrashed about with unrestrained rib cracking laughter. I've told literally thousands of people about these two shows and would sure like to show them.

Bottomline: Are there DVD's or VCR's of the original shows available?


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