“As God Is My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly”

WKRP Thanksgiving

When it comes to sitcom holiday episodes, there’s not much that can beat, Turkey’s Away, perhaps the one episode of WKRP In Cincinnati that even people who were not alive when the show aired are familiar with.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s the Hulu version. Unfortunately, thanks to copyright issues I believe that much of the music originally featured on this episode has been replaced, nonetheless it’s still worth watching:

Or, you can just skip to the most important parts:

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About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. John Peabody says:

    WKRP was videotaped, not filmed….it means the original music licenses were much cheaper (without future use allowed), and no one feels compelled to pay for them now. A famous quirk of that show. Btw, my personal brush with celebrity is that Loni Anderson co-starred with my Dad in a community theater production…in 1968.

  2. beth says:

    Always my favorite Thanksgiving sitcom episode although I do admit when I first watched it as a 20-something, I was more interested in just how tight Andy’s jeans could get.

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Yep, a classic. In truth, there never was a bad WKRP episode. Admittedly tho, some might be dated now.

  4. Tony W says:

    I still have tape on my office floor…. Classic show.

  5. Matt says:

    Soon as I saw the headline I knew what it was about. I might be on the young side of things but I know that show and that episode in particular.

  6. RGardner says:

    I used that episode in my winning a caption contest here ten months ago.

  7. al-Ameda says:

    Oh my, those pictures remind me that Jan Smithers (Bailey) was just gorgeous.

  8. sam says:


    “there never was a bad WKRP episode.”

    One of my favs is the first when Howard Hesseman, at precisely midnight when the station changed from Classical to Rock, dropped the dulcet tones of the classical music DJ and became Doctor Johnny Fever.