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.


Michael Zinberg


Hugh Wilson (created by), Bill Dial | 3 more credits »

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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
Michael Fairman ... Shoe Store Owner


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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Release Date:

30 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When this episode was rerun on CBS during the fourth season, Gary Sandy taped an introduction sitting in the broadcast booth set as he said the following. "Hi! I'm Gary Sandy. You know, of all the shows we've done on WKRP in the first three seasons, not one show ever generated the amount of mail, the amount of interest, as a show we did our very first season. It was called "Turkeys Away". So we kinda thought you might like to see it again. It's about Thanksgiving... so naturally we've chosen the Christmas season to show it. Happy Holidays. Drums, please. (Leading into the current season's credit sequence beginning) This is usually snipped from syndication prints, although it has been seen on some station's prints. See more »


Les states that the helicopter is pulling a banner. Helicopters cannot pull banners behind them due to the tail rotor section of the helicopter. They actually use a tower system where the banner, normally square in shape, hangs directly below the helicopter, 150 feet below, with dead weight attached to the bottom of the banner to keep it from getting caught in an updraft. See more »


Dr. Johnny Fever: [Mr. Carlson is inspecting Johnny in the DJ booth while Pink Floyd's "Dogs" is playing, specifically the section with the barking dogs] Gripping music, ain't it?
Arthur Carlson: Yeah, it's good. What is the name of this orchestra?
Dr. Johnny Fever: It's Pink Floyd.
Arthur Carlson: Oh. Is that Pink Floyd? Do I hear dogs barking on that thing?
Dr. Johnny Fever: I do.
Arthur Carlson: They're good, aren't they?
[Picks up the Animals album jacket]
Arthur Carlson: There's something on here that's called "Pigs On The Wing". What does that sound like?
Dr. Johnny Fever: I don't do requests.
Arthur Carlson: Well, keep up the good work.
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Alternate Versions

On the DVD release, Pink Floyd's "Dogs" is replaced. Most of the scene is cut. See more »


Referenced in WKRP in Cincinnati: Real Families (1980) See more »


WKRP in Cincinnati End Credits
Written by Jim Ellis
Performed by Jim Ellis
[Series end credits theme song]
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