The Legendary WKRP Turkey Episode

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the infamous episode of WKRP in Cincinnati where they dropped turkeys out of a helicopter without knowing that they couldn’t fly. One of the funniest episodes of any sitcom ever.

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  • coragyps

    That episode is based upon hard reality. The Thanksgiving before that show, the town of Yellville, Arkansas, had turkeys dropped from an airplane with results identical to those Les reported.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Funny, but not original. On Green Acres in 1968, as part of a promotion, they dropped rutabagas from a hot air balloon.

  • Larry

    WKRP was one of my favorite shows back in the day and this episode along with the Chuckles the Clown funeral episode on the Mary Tyler Moore show both made me laugh until my sides ached.

    As god is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!

    Classic.

  • acroyear

    Shame that Gilmour or Waters won’t intervene and stop the label from being such a jackass about charging royalties for the use of Dogs earlier in the show. I’d love to finally have a REAL copy of this (though the current DVD release is far better than the original ‘1st season’ edit).

  • Michael Heath

    Wild turkeys can fly. They prefer not to except a short flight to roost in a tree. A turkey’s first instinct when they initially feel threatened is to run rather than fly; but they can and do fly.

    For those who’ve studied how the ancestors of extant bird species evolved to fly, and how closely related some extant bird species are to dinosaurs relative to other extant bird species, it’s especially fascinating watching turkey behavior in the wild. It’s a window into the deep past.

    I’m fortunate that my neck of the north woods of the northern lower peninsula of Michigan is filled with wild turkeys. We also have a small domestic turkey industry in a little town west of where I live now, those birds can’t fly. Just sayin’ . . .

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    acroyear, I haven’t seen it (and so, can’t rate it), but there’s a new boxed set that’s 80% of the original music just out now, right now, why are you not rushing out to buy it now, now?. Considering the show had every song ever, 80% is pretty good.

  • magistramarla

    Michael Heath,

    I used to live in old Fort Ord, on the coast of the Monterey Bay. The President recently declared parts of Ft. Ord to be a wildlife preserve. We saw a lot of that wildlife from our patio door. We had a flock of wild turkeys that lived in our neighborhood, usually hanging out near the commissary, where I assume they found food. Like you, I enjoyed watching them when they wandered into our yard. I also enjoyed watching the two little yappy dogs next door who would yap and turn somersaults inside their patio door when they saw the turkeys. My German Shepherd just quietly watched them and then went back to sleep – lol. I had to make very sure that my cats never got out, for their own safety. Mountain lions were also regularly spotted on base, so I was a bit freaky about keeping the cats in.

    We had to be careful when driving around there. Besides the turkeys wandering across the road, we also might encounter deer, coyotes, a flock of peacocks or ducks. I heard that it drove the hunting fans who lived on the base nuts. One guy shot a deer on federal property and was kicked out of the school, possibly out of the military.

    We once spotted a pair of bald eagles, as well as often seeing other hawks. At dusk, we could go for a walk and see bats coming out for the evening of hunting.

    I miss that place!

  • Trebuchet

    I’ve made pumpkins fly, what could be so hard about turkeys?

  • blf

    I’ve made pumpkins fly…

    I’ve helped drop pumpkins, frozen solid in liquid Nitrogen, from the top of a 12-ish story building: The Millikan Pumpkin Drop Experiment done every Hallowe’en, from the top of Millikan Library (named after the physicist).

    No turkeys were involved, however. Nor any flight.

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    You ever have a wild turkey sneak up on you? Funniest damn thing. After the fact.

  • weatherwax

    #5 Michael Heath says: “Wild turkeys can fly. They prefer not to except a short flight to roost in a tree. A turkey’s first instinct when they initially feel threatened is to run rather than fly; but they can and do fly. ”

    They are also fantastic gliders. If they start with a little elevation, they can really cover some distance.

  • magistramarla

    blf@ #9

    Cal Tech! My oldest daughter earned her first two degrees there! I’m very familiar with that building.

  • Mark The Snark

    A laugh when I needed one. Now I have to explain to my co-workers why I have tears streaming down my cheeks.

  • http://onhandcomments.blogspot.com/ left0ver1under

    Modusoperandi (#6) –

    acroyear, I haven’t seen it (and so, can’t rate it), but there’s a new boxed set that’s 80% of the original music just out now, right now, why are you not rushing out to buy it now, now?. Considering the show had every song ever, 80% is pretty good.

    It’s irksome how record companies and groups can be so petty, childish and tightfisted about music. Why would a group want to ruin or lose its place in a part of pop culture for a sake of a few pennies? And it is a few pennies, since the market for DVDs of older shows isn’t going to be the same as the market for a current hit.

    http://www.vox.com/2014/11/3/7145231/shows-not-on-dvd-music-rights-wonder-years-wkrp

    http://zvbxrpl.blogspot.tw/2007/03/wkrp-dvd-not-ok.html

    WKRP was originally made on video and not film as a cost cutting measure during production. TV shows and movies recorded on film pay (or paid, if things have changed) a higher royalty rate for songs than those made on video.

  • forestdragon

    Agreed on the pettiness of record companies. Imagine my surprise when I watched the DVDs of Tour of Duty and found that lo and behold, the theme music had been changed to some painfully generic vaguely Eastern flute music instead of “Paint It Black” like I remembered. Damn it.

  • Pieter B, FCD

    That clip cuts out what I’ve always thought was the best line, Jennifer’s (Loni Anderson) response to the angry call from the Humane Society “But Mr. Colley, a lot of turkeys don’t make it through Thanksgiving.”