The Best Episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2018

When a Cincinnati radio station switches from sedate music to top-40 rock 'n' roll, its staff of oddball characters is forced to switch gears quickly. New programming director Andy Travis brings in a new DJ named Venus Flytrap to work with the station's burned-out veteran, Dr. Johnny Fever. Neurotic newsman Les Nessman, eager beaver Bailey Quarters, sleazy salesman Herb Tarlek, blonde bombshell Jennifer Marlowe, who serves as the station's ultra-capable receptionist, and station manager Arthur Carlson, whose domineering mother owns WKRP, round out the eccentric bunch.

Turkeys Away

#1 - Turkeys Away

Season 1 - Episode 7

Feeling left out at the station, Mr. Carlson comes up with a top-secret Thanksgiving promotion involving twenty live turkeys.

star 8.67
106 votes
Writers: Bill Dial
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Three Days of the Condo

#2 - Three Days of the Condo

Season 4 - Episode 7

When Johnny receives $24,000 in a legal settlement, Venus convinces him to use the money to invest in a condominium at Gone With the Wind Estates.

star 8.17
18 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Lissa Levin
In Concert

#3 - In Concert

Season 2 - Episode 19

At a concert by the Who in Cincinnati on December 3, 1979, eleven kids were trampled to death when the crowd rushed to get seats. The first part of this episode takes place before that concert; the second act takes place the day after, and presents the characters' reactions to the tragedy.

star 8.14
35 votes
Love, Exciting and New

#4 - Love, Exciting and New

Season 4 - Episode 10

Andy starts taking Mama Carlson out after hours in the hopes of getting her to pay for a new transmitter for the station. But he begins to suspect that she might have more-than-businesslike expectations of him.

star 8.13
16 votes
Directors: Frank Bonner
Writers: Lissa Levin
Jennifer's Home for Christmas

#5 - Jennifer's Home for Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 11

Jennifer tells her friends that she has nothing special planned for Christmas, and that she doesn't have a tree this year. Everyone begins to suspect that she might be alone for the holidays.

star 8.07
40 votes
Directors: Rod Daniel
Writers: Dan Guntzelman, Steve Marshall
Who's on First?

#6 - Who's on First?

Season 4 - Episode 6

With Herb in the hospital, Mr. Carlson pretends he is Herb and is impersonated by Les for an advertising client.

star 8.07
27 votes
Directors: Dan Guntzelman
Writers: Dan Guntzelman
An Explosive Affair (Part 2)

#7 - An Explosive Affair (Part 2)

Season 4 - Episode 2

Andy is unable to warn Johnny and Venus when he realizes that the bomb is at the transmitter.

star 8.00
24 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Steve Marshall
Pills

#8 - Pills

Season 4 - Episode 12

Herb sells ad spots to a seller of "diet pills"; after it turns out that the pills are a legalized way of selling speed to teenagers, it also turns out that the station can't legally get out of running the ads.

star 8.00
20 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Steve Marshall
A Commercial Break

#9 - A Commercial Break

Season 1 - Episode 17

The staff sings a radio ad for a chain of funeral homes.

star 7.97
34 votes
Directors: Rod Daniel
Writers: Richard Sanders, Michael Fairman
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Most Improved Station

#10 - Most Improved Station

Season 2 - Episode 24

Everyone starts bickering after the station loses a broadcasting award.

star 7.96
26 votes
Directors: Rod Daniel
Writers: Michael Fairman, Richard Sanders
An Explosive Affair (Part 1)

#11 - An Explosive Affair (Part 1)

Season 4 - Episode 1

After the station receives a bomb threat, Andy sends Johnny and Venus to broadcast from the transmitter tower while the station is being searched.

star 7.96
24 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Steve Marshall
Pilot

#12 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Andy Travis, a young program director from Santa Fe, takes over at Cincinnati radio station WKRP and changes the format to rock and roll.

star 7.91
184 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Hugh Wilson
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The Union

#13 - The Union

Season 4 - Episode 3

The staff of WKRP considers joining a union. Mr. Carlson is furious and rushes to his mother for advice, while Andy tries to appear neutral in this labor-management conflict.

star 7.89
18 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Blake Hunter
Baby, It's Cold Inside

#14 - Baby, It's Cold Inside

Season 3 - Episode 8

On a day when the furnace has broken down, Mama Carlson pays a surprise visit to the station and catches Johnny drinking in the broadcast booth.

star 7.89
27 votes
Pilot, Part 2

#15 - Pilot, Part 2

Season 1 - Episode 2

While Andy tries to come up with a publicity stunt to get the station in the news, a group of irate former listeners demands a return to the old format.

star 7.87
132 votes
Writers: Hugh Wilson
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Up and Down the Dial

#16 - Up and Down the Dial

Season 4 - Episode 22

Just as WKRP hits #6 in the ratings, Mama Carlson announces that she plans to switch the format of the station to 24 hours a day of news.

star 7.86
22 votes
Directors: George Gaynes
Writers: Dan Guntzelman
Venus and the Man

#17 - Venus and the Man

Season 3 - Episode 12

The station's cleaning woman asks Venus to convince her big, tough teenage son not to drop out of school.

star 7.85
27 votes
Directors: Rod Daniel
Writers: Hugh Wilson
Hoodlum Rock

#18 - Hoodlum Rock

Season 1 - Episode 4

Andy arranges for the station to sponsor a concert by a rowdy English rock group.

star 7.84
94 votes
Writers: Hugh Wilson
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Hold-Up

#19 - Hold-Up

Season 1 - Episode 5

During a live remote from Del's Stereo and Sound, an unemployed DJ shows up with a gun and hijacks the broadcast.

star 7.84
80 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Tom Chehak
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The Airplane Show

#20 - The Airplane Show

Season 3 - Episode 1

Trying to compete with WPIG's traffic helicopter, Les starts doing traffic reports from a World War I biplane piloted by a crazy war veteran.

star 7.83
30 votes
Directors: Rod Daniel
Writers: Richard Sanders, Michael Fairman
God Talks to Johnny

#21 - God Talks to Johnny

Season 2 - Episode 13

When Johnny thinks he's heard God's voice talking to him, everyone, including Johnny, thinks he's going insane.

star 7.82
34 votes
Jennifer and the Will

#22 - Jennifer and the Will

Season 4 - Episode 8

Colonel Buchanan, Jennifer's elderly gentleman friend, dies suddenly. As executrix of his will, Jennifer must deal with the press and with the Colonel's money-grubbing, rumor mongering relatives.

star 7.82
17 votes
Writers: Blake Hunter
Johnny Comes Back

#23 - Johnny Comes Back

Season 1 - Episode 14

Johnny returns to WKRP after being fired in L.A., but he has to settle for the late-night graveyard shift.

star 7.81
48 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Blake Hunter
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Venus Rising

#24 - Venus Rising

Season 2 - Episode 23

Venus is offered a job as program director of WREQ radio, but is disillusioned when he discovers how the station is run and why they want to hire him. Meanwhile, Herb circulates a rumor that he, too, has received a job offer.

star 7.81
32 votes
Directors: Nick Stamos
Writers: Steve Marshall, Dan Guntzelman
Jennifer Moves

#25 - Jennifer Moves

Season 3 - Episode 2

The staff helps Jennifer move into her new $125,000 house in the quiet suburb of Landersville. But she soon finds out that life in Landersville isn't as pleasant as she thought it would be.

star 7.79
29 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Hugh Wilson