WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
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Fish Story 

On the day Carlson and Travis are being interviewed by a newspaper, everything around them goes wrong in the silliest way possible.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Andy Travis
... Arthur Carlson
... Jennifer Marlowe
... Les Nessman
... Venus Flytrap
... Herb Tarlek
... Bailey Quarters
... Dr. Johnny Fever
... WPIG Mascot
... Highway Patrolman R.F. Buddy Plyler
M.G. Kelly ... Quentin Stone
Jack O'Leary ... The Painter


Andy has arranged for Quentin Stone of Cincinnati Magazine to conduct an in-depth interview with him and Mr. Carlson on how the station has fared since the format change. Andy believes it will be a good day for Mr. Stone to come in and see all the positive changes as much is happening at the station today. Johnny and Venus, under the supervision of Highway Patrolman R.F. Buddy Plyler, are the human guinea pigs in an on-air public service announcement on the negative effects of drinking on reaction and thus the hazards of drinking and driving. And the station lobby is being repainted which should make it attractive for anyone arriving at the station. In addition to these two items, Andy learns that today Mr. Carlson is also introducing WKRP's new mascot - a carp (KRP) - which in this instance is Herb dressed up in a fish outfit. Herb, with Les and Bailey in tow, are to head to the university for a pep rally where rival WPIG's mascot - a pig - will also be in attendance. With all this ... Written by Huggo

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28 May 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Bailey Quarters: [enters, going past the guy in the fish costume] Hi. Has anybody seen Herb?
Herb Tarlek: [guy in the fish costume] What do you want?
Bailey Quarters: Oh.
Bailey Quarters: Well... Herb... if you are in there, this is the advertising copy that you wanted.
Herb Tarlek: [takes it] Oh, good, let me take a look at that.
[waddles off]
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References Love Story (1970) See more »


Blue Collar Man
Written by Tommy Shaw
Performed by Styx
[Johnny plays the song after Venus tells the patrolman "whiskey does not affect alien beings"]
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21 June 2009 | by 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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