The BEST Episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 18, 2020

Network: CBS

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 - Aired Oct 30, 1978

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

star 9.08
227 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Bill Dial
Jennifer's Home for Christmas

#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.

star 8.38
73 votes
Directors: Rod Daniel
Writers: Dan Guntzelman, Steve Marshall

#3 - Baseball

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 15, 1979

The staff plays against the team from rival station WPIG in a softball game.

star 8.22
65 votes
Directors: Hugh Wilson
Writers: Hugh Wilson
In Concert

#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.

star 8.07
43 votes
Three Days of the Condo

#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.

star 8.04
26 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Lissa Levin
An Explosive Affair (Part 2)

#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.

star 8.03
31 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Steve Marshall
Baby, It's Cold Inside

#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.

star 7.94
32 votes
Most Improved Station

#8 - Most Improved Station

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 31, 1980

Everyone starts bickering after the station loses a broadcasting award.

star 7.88
33 votes
Directors: Rod Daniel
Writers: Michael Fairman, Richard Sanders
The Airplane Show

#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.

star 7.81
36 votes
Directors: Rod Daniel
Writers: Michael Fairman, Richard Sanders

#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.

star 7.79
307 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Hugh Wilson
Venus and the Man

#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.

star 7.78
32 votes
Directors: Rod Daniel
Writers: Hugh Wilson
Hoodlum Rock

#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.

star 7.72
236 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Hugh Wilson

#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.

star 7.72
60 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Peter Torokvei
Jennifer Moves

#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.

star 7.71
34 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Hugh Wilson
Venus Rising

#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.

star 7.69
39 votes
Directors: Nick Stamos
Writers: Dan Guntzelman, Steve Marshall
An Explosive Affair (Part 1)

#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.

star 7.69
32 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Steve Marshall
Bah, Humbug

#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.

star 7.68
38 votes
Directors: Rod Daniel
Writers: Lissa Levin

#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.

star 7.68
198 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Tom Chehak
Ask Jennifer

#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.

star 7.67
30 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Joyce Armor, Judie Neer
Pilot, Part 2

#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.

star 7.66
278 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Hugh Wilson
Baby, If You've Ever Wondered

#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.

star 7.66
99 votes
Put Up or Shut Up

#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.

star 7.65
40 votes
Les' Groupie

#23 - Les' Groupie

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 4, 1980

Les goes out on a date with a female fan, who proceeds to move into his apartment and take over his life.

star 7.65
37 votes
Writers: Steve Marshall
The Baby

#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.

star 7.65
34 votes
Directors: Rod Daniel
Writers: Blake Hunter
The Americanization of Ivan

#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.

star 7.64
33 votes
Directors: Hugh Wilson
Writers: Dan Guntzelman, Steve Marshall