WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)

Young Master Carlson 

Mr. Carlson's son disappears from Prussian Valley Military Academy. When he turns up at the station with Mama Carlson, he is put to work at the station and promptly gets into trouble.


Will Mackenzie


Hugh Wilson (created by), Hugh Wilson | 4 more credits »

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Prime Video



Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



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
Carol Bruce ... Lillian Carlson
Sparky Marcus Sparky Marcus ... Arthur Carlson Jr.


On his own initiative and supported by Mother Carlson, Mr. Carlson's precocious eleven year old son, Arthur Carlson, Jr., has left Prussian Valley Military Academy, the only school he's ever attended on Mother Carlson's recommendation, because he was passed over as regimental commander. Mother Carlson wants Arthur Jr. to live with her while he spends his days temporarily at the radio station learning the family business. Mr. Carlson has no other choice but to abide by his mother's wishes while he tries to get Arthur Jr. back to Prussian Valley where he belongs due to his temperament. While in his short time at WKRP Arthur Jr. wreaks havoc leading to the WKRP employees having their own negative feelings about him despite being the boss' son, Mr. Carlson learns from the administration at Prussian Valley the real reason why Arthur Jr. left. As such, Mr. Carlson has to forge a new type of relationship with his son. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis









Release Date:

30 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


| (DVD)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


One of 2 episodes that features a guest actor named Sparky. The other is "Sparky", which guest-stars ex-Cinncinati Reds manager Sparky Anderson. See more »


Andy Travis: [sincerely about Arthur Carlson, Jr] Nice boy.
Arthur Carlson: Yeah?
See more »

Alternate Versions

A running joke in the original broadcast featured the fanfare from the movie "Patton" played at various times as characters spoke to and about Little Arthur. In syndication this was removed, creating at least two known alterations. In one release the music is just removed completely, and if you listen closely you can still hear a faint echo of it on the soundtrack. In a second version, the music is simply replaced with a generic trumpet fanfare. See more »


Spoofs Damien: Omen II (1978) See more »


The Washington Post March
Composed by John Philip Sousa
[The tune playing when Arthur Jr. changes the radio station]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed