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WKRP in Cincinnati 1 Season

Season 1
3.5 out of 5 stars (549) IMDb 8.1/10

We're on the air! WKRP In Cincinnati, classic TV's wildest, funniest, rock?n?roll sitcom is here at last.

Starring:
Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump

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Season 1

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1. Pilot - Part 1

New program director Andy Travis shakes things up at WKRP when he changes the floundering radio station's format from "beautiful music" to hard-driving rock'n'roll.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: September 18, 1978
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2. Pilot - Part 2

Andy is in dire straits when angry listeners and advertisers protest the station's new format.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: September 25, 1978
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3. Les on a Ledge

Timid news director Les Nessman goes out on a ledge after having his reputation as a newsman"and his manhood"questioned.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 2, 1978
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4. Hoodlum Rock

Andy's career is jeopardized when he arranges for the station to sponsor a concert by British rock group Scum of the Earth, whose name says it all.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 9, 1978
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5. Hold-Up

When an armed robbery disrupts a live broadcast from a stereo store, D.J. Dr. Johnny Fever is left to contend with the gunman on the air.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 16, 1978
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6. Bailey's Show

An inexperienced Bailey faces the resentment of the staff when she's allowed to produce her own show, which draws the biggest crowd of freaks, weirdoes and losers the city has ever seen.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 23, 1978
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7. Turkeys Away

Station manager Arthur Carlson comes up with a big idea for a unique holiday promotion involving live turkeys and a helicopter.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 30, 1978
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8. Love Returns

An old flame is rekindled for Andy, while Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap are offered as prizes in the station's "Win a Date with a D.J." contest.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: November 6, 1978
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9. Momma's Review

Mr. Carlson is thrown for a loop when his tyrannical mother- WKRP's owner- arrives to review the station's recent changes.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: January 15, 1979
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10. A Date with Jennifer

After winning the coveted Silver Sow Award for farm news reporting, Les asks Jennifer to be his date for the banquet - and she says yes!

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 22, 1979
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11. The Contest Nobody Could Win

An on-air slip of the tongue could cost the station $5,000 and cost Johnny and Andy their jobs.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 29, 1979
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12. Tornado

A tornado unexpectedly hits Cincinnati, allowing Mr. Carlson to demonstrate his leadership abilities and allowing Jennifer to reveal a hidden talent.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: February 5, 1979
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13. Goodbye, Johnny

A lucrative offer at another radio station has Johnny packing his bags for California.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: February 19, 1979
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14. Johnny Comes Back

Johnny's return to Cincinnati is far from triumphant as he soon discovers that he has no job and no place to live.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: February 26, 1979
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15. Never Leave Me, Lucille

Herb's separation from his wife, Lucille, has him anticipating a new, swinging lifestyle, but everyone else is bent on getting the couple back together.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: March 5, 1979
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16. I Want to Keep My Baby

Johnny gets a chance to play daddy when a desperate young mother abandons her baby in a basket on the doorstep of WKRP.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: March 12, 1979
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17. A Commerical Break

An advertising campaign for funeral packages clashes with the station's rock and roll aesthetic.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: March 26, 1979
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18. Who is Gordon Sims?

Venus's past comes back to haunt him after he refuses to allow a photo of himself to be printed in the newspaper.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: April 2, 1979
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19. I Do, I Do - For Now

When her childhood sweetheart arrives, determined to marry her, Jennifer makes matters worse by pretending that she's already married to Johnny.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: April 23, 1979
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20. Young Master Carlson

Arthur reluctantly agrees to let his eleven-year-old son hang around the station, but it soon turns out that the boy and Mama Carlson are cut from the same abrasive mold.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: April 30, 1979
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21. Fish Story

Andy's interview with a magazine writer goes horribly awry when Johnny and Venus conduct an on-air drinking experiment with disastrous - and hilarious - results.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: May 28, 1979
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22. The Preacher

When a former wrestler turned reverend uses his evangelical show to rip-off the public, Andy finds out the hard way that the 300 pound shyster is not one to be trifled with.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 4, 1979
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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 23, 2007
Format: DVD
This is one of my all time favorite shows, and I would have happily paid more for the original versions of the shows, with the original music. It's a show about a radio station - OF COURSE the original music is important. I will not pay, however, for truncated versions of the shows with altered music. WKRP is one of the classic shows of TV, deeply influential and smartly written and directed and excellently acted. It's a shame Fox doesn't have the sense to treat one of its finest moments with even an ounce of care or respect. I don't buy the argument that by not buying this substandard product I'm guaranteeing I won't see a better release of WKRP in the future. Why not just release a GOOD product first, and I'll buy that right away? What happened to that business model? And if the RIAA shares blame, too, well, their business model is clearly outmoded, anyway. Instead of guaranteeing renewed revenue from these shows for the artists it represents, it now guarantees them nothing at all from this DVD release. Nice work!

This DVD is an insult to the people behind WKRP and its many devoted fans.
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If it were possible, I would have rated this set 0 stars! I am saddened & dismayed that I must negatively rate this set. I loved WKRP. It was the only TV show that I would never miss when I was young.

I understand about the enormous expense with the music rights. I can even see where some editing had to be done due to music editing. In other words, I was ready to forgive a lot, just to view these episodes again.
Well, I have a friend who has got a hold of a copy of the advance DVD set. We watched it over the last few nights.

Since this was a copy of the DVD, I cannot comment on the picture quality with any authority. What I CAN comment on, was what has been done to the shows.

It is WORSE, WAY WORSE than you can imagine from reading these reviews. I had read the reviews, and I thought I was mentally prepared, but I still came away with a sick feeling in my stomach. I can imagine some first time viewers of this set actually having a hard time following the plot due to cut scenes & music changes.

PLEASE DO NOT ORDER THIS SET. It is a travesty, & Fox should NOT be rewarded for this effort!

FOX: Charge $150 per season, if you have to, but release this set intact! You should be ashamed & embarrassed over this shambles!
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After reading the news about what is actually on these DVDs, I had to cancel the pre-order. I was so excited when I heard this was coming out. The early info said that Hugh Wilson was involved, and I had hoped it would be the same quality effort as was put into the short lived Sledge Hammer! series when it came to DVD.

I can live with the music changes to get the DVD's out, but I cannot justify spending money for episodes that are just 22-minute syndication cuts. I can hardly watch them on TV-Land or wherever they show up now and then because of that the cut scenes.

Can't get Pink Floyd "dogs"? Don't cut the scene! Go get some audio of some freak'n dogs barking and dub it in!

Unbelievable.

Sorry Fox, you will have to do MUCH better for me to spend money on this.

Just to make sure there is no confusion; I *LOVE* WKRP, but not enough to spend money on crappy DVDs.
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It was a tough decision but I purchased Northern Exposure. I knew the show had been altered and much of the original music had been changed. The music was important but not crucial, or at least that's what I told myself. I wanted the show. And Northern Exposure retains 30-40% of the original music. But WKRP is different. The music IS the show! It is about a radio station that plays rock. Much of the comedy flows from the songs. The mood of many scenes is determined by them. Dialog and music are often interwoven. The plot sometimes depends on a particular song. Tiny Dancer, Dogs.... Every real fan of this show knows exactly what I mean! To remove ALL the songs....ALL of them! To change dialog or to remove whole sections of the show because there's no easy way to excise dialog interwoven with music. To re-dub new dialog to cover-up this radical surgery. To utilize cut, awful syndicated prints because there is no other way to cover the damage. This is NOT the Complete WKRP as advertised. This is an Opera with the music removed. What are you watching when you see this? I am old enough to have loved this show in its original run. Part of the fun was the shock of hearing rock in a sitcom. And how it was so cleverly, even lovingly utilized! This bowdlerized DVD collection is NOT the complete WKRP. It is a travesty that should disappear quickly and without a trace. I canceled my pre-order, as painful as that was. I will not be a party to this constant lowering of standards. I strongly urge you to think carefully before purchasing this set.
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I don't know if there's anything left to be said about this dvd release, but having recently rented and viewed all three discs (including the extras), I thought I'd reluctantly add my voice to the disgruntled chorus. Here's the breakdown:

The show: It's hard to be completely objective about a show that one grew to love during adolescence, but I'd have to say, all in all, it's still pretty great after all these years. In an admirable inverse of what usually happens with a sitcom, where characters become caricatures as mannerisms and formulas crystallize, the characters on WKRP actually acquired dimension and depth over time. Not all of the attempts at seriousness worked -- the episode where Andy reconnects with an old flame was unintentionally laughable -- but many of them did, with special kudos going to "Never Leave Me Lucille" and the episode where one of Johnny's fans leaves him her baby. In addition to a reliable reservoir of gags, these stories were genuinely (and surprisingly) moving. As for the show's most famous episode, I found "Turkeys Away" a little lackluster... there was a lengthy and relatively unfunny buildup to the punchline, but the last five minutes or so (with Les Nessman's riotous play-by-play) pretty well make up for it. "A Date with Jennifer" would probably get my vote for best episode on this set.

The dvd: The two commentaries featuring Loni Anderson, Frank Bonner and creator Hugh Wilson were enjoyable and reflected the easy-going camaraderie that seemed to exist between the cast members and crew during the show's run. The featurettes on Loni Anderson and "The Fish Story" were entertaining, but at a total of 10 minutes, a little flimsy. As others have noted, the image is, like many shows from the era shot on video, a little soft... occasionally VERY soft.
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