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WKRP in Cincinnati 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1978–1982)
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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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Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The show was famous for playing music of up-and-coming bands. Many artists have said that their music being on the show helped their popularity, including Blondie, U2, The Cars, TOTO, The Knack, and Devo. Blondie was so grateful for the show making their song, "Heart of Glass," a hit that they gave their Gold Record to the producers. It's hanging in the WKRP bullpen in seasons 2 to 4. 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

Referenced in Svengoolie: Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo (2018) See more »

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The Funniest Comedy of All Time?
9 July 1999 | by GislefSee all my reviews

Only a very few comedies have reached what I consider the height of mixing pathos, characterization, slapstick, verbal byplay. Night Court, Cheers, Mary Tyler Moore...and WKRP manages to surpass them all. WKRP comes out ahead of most of these (except maybe Night Court) because it was a true ensemble. It didn't focus on just Sam & Diane, or just Mary, but equally covered each of its cast members, giving them almost-equal screen time.

These were also folks who had _lives_ that didn't revolve entirely around the office or resolving the problem at the office: families, social lives, etc.

The recent Nick at Nite marathon (40 hours, five nights) just brought back home to me that this show was so funny, and why even some of the worst episodes are still a heck of a lot funnier than most "comedies" on the air today.

Hopefully WKRP will be settling into a long stay on Nick at Nite once the marathon runs its course.


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Release Date:

18 September 1978 (USA) See more »

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(90 episodes)
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