The BEST Episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2020
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.
#1 - Turkeys Away
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 30, 1978
Feeling left out at the station, Mr. Carlson comes up with a top-secret Thanksgiving promotion involving twenty live turkeys.
#2 - Jennifer's Home for Christmas
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 17, 1979
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.
#3 - Baseball
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 15, 1979
The staff plays against the team from rival station WPIG in a softball game.
#4 - In Concert
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 11, 1980
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.
#5 - Three Days of the Condo
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 18, 1981
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.
#6 - An Explosive Affair (Part 2)
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 14, 1981
Andy is unable to warn Johnny and Venus when he realizes that the bomb is at the transmitter.
#7 - Baby, It's Cold Inside
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 3, 1981
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.
#8 - Most Improved Station
Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 31, 1980
Everyone starts bickering after the station loses a broadcasting award.
#9 - The Airplane Show
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 1, 1980
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.
#10 - Pilot
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 18, 1978
Andy Travis, a young program director from Santa Fe, takes over at Cincinnati radio station WKRP and changes the format to rock and roll.
#11 - Venus and the Man
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 31, 1981
The station's cleaning woman asks Venus to convince her big, tough teenage son not to drop out of school.
#12 - Hoodlum Rock
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 9, 1978
Andy arranges for the station to sponsor a concert by a rowdy English rock group.
#13 - Rumors
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 28, 1981
While his apartment is being fumigated, Johnny accepts Bailey's offer to stay at her place, causing everyone at the station to think that the two are sleeping together. Johnny's also afraid that he's in danger of losing his time slot to Rex, the afternoon DJ, and when Bailey tries to cheer him up, he mistakes her friendliness for a come-on.
#14 - Jennifer Moves
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 8, 1980
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.
#15 - Venus Rising
Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 10, 1980
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.
#16 - An Explosive Affair (Part 1)
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 7, 1981
After the station receives a bomb threat, Andy sends Johnny and Venus to broadcast from the transmitter tower while the station is being searched.
#17 - Bah, Humbug
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 20, 1980
Once again, Mr. Carlson plans to give the staffers almost no Christmas bonuses. But in a dream brought on by eating one of Johnny Fever's brownies, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future visit him to show him the error of his ways.
#18 - Hold-Up
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 16, 1978
During a live remote from Del's Stereo and Sound, an unemployed DJ shows up with a gun and hijacks the broadcast.
#19 - Ask Jennifer
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 14, 1981
When Herb's choice as host of a new call-in advice show proves unable to go on the air, Jennifer takes over and becomes an instant success.
#20 - Pilot, Part 2
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 25, 1978
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.
#21 - Baby, If You've Ever Wondered
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 3, 1979
The new ratings book arrives, and WKRP has climbed from 16th to 14th place in the Cincinnati market. Everyone is happy about the gain except Andy, who knows that the station has not improved enough, in part because of his own unwillingness to fire incompetent employees like Herb and Les.
#22 - Put Up or Shut Up
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 21, 1980
Bailey convinces Jennifer to accept a date with Herb in the hope that he'll get scared and back down.
#24 - The Baby
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 22, 1980
Mr. Carlson's wife goes into labor and the WKRP staffers all visit the hospital to be there when she gives birth.
#25 - The Americanization of Ivan
Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 28, 1980
Bailey and Les attend a press conference given by a group of visiting Russian hog experts. One of the Russians falls for Bailey and asks her to help him defect to the United States.