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.


Asaad Kelada


Hugh Wilson (created by), Hugh Wilson (as Raoul Plager) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Gary Sandy ... Andy Travis
Gordon Jump ... Arthur Carlson
Loni Anderson ... Jennifer Marlowe
Richard Sanders ... Les Nessman
Tim Reid ... Venus Flytrap
Frank Bonner ... Herb Tarlek
Jan Smithers ... Bailey Quarters
Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Johnny Fever
Lee Bergere ... WPIG Mascot
Jerry Hardin ... Highway Patrolman R.F. Buddy Plyler
M.G. Kelly M.G. Kelly ... Quentin Stone
Jack O'Leary 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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Did You Know?


Jerry Hardin, the actor who plays Officer Plyler, went on to become Deep Throat on the "The X-Files". See more »


Venus Flytrap is wearing a Cincinnati Reds jacket, but it is spelled Cincinnato instead. See more »


Quentin Stone: Excuse me a minute. Are you on the air here?
Venus Flytrap: [in a drunken stupor] On the air? Huh, huh. I am the air! I'm the wind!
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Alternate Versions

One of the hardest hit in the 90's redistribution package and 2007 DVD release. All songs replaced and all announcements redubbed (so "That was The Doors" becomes "That was The Swords") or cut out entirely. The 2007 DVD also cut some footage of Venus singing. All the original songs and Venus singing are now on the 2014 DVD. See more »


References Love Story (1970) See more »


If I Didn't Care
Written by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Tim Reid
[A drunk Venus sings the song when he's in the control booth with the patrolman]
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21 June 2009 | by challey-3See 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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28 May 1979 (USA) See more »

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