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WATCH: WKRP In Cincinnati's Infamous Turkey Drop Episode

  • You see it circulate on social media every Thanksgiving — the infamous "turkey drop" episode of WKRP in Cincinnati

    In "Turkey's Away," which first aired on Oct. 30, 1978, the radio station is advertising a special turkey giveaway in the spirit of the holiday. What's not known is that bumbling station manager Arthur Carlson (Gordon Jump) is planning to give them away by throwing live turkeys out of a helicopter. 

    This leads to the legendary Hindenburg-eque live-on-air play-by-play from increasingly more horrified Les Nessman (Richard Sanders) as the disaster most people would expect from such an idea unfolds.

    In the post-mortem, Carlson reveals the fatal flaw in his thinking. "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

    WKRP in Cincinnati aired on CBS from 1978 to 1982. Tragically the series isn't currently available for streaming outside of bootleg YouTube clips like the one above.

    Andy Hunsaker has a head full of sitcom gags and nerd-genre lore, and can be followed @AndyHunsaker if you're into that sort of thing.

    TOPICS: WKRP in Cincinnati, Gordon Jump, Richard Sanders, Thanksgiving