By Cory Doctorow at 2:50 pm Thu, Nov 24, 2011
Condensed for your abbreviated pleasure, WKRP in Cincinnati's classic turkey drop episode, shrunk down to a brisk 30 seconds. AS GOD IS MY WITNESS I SWEAR I THOUGHT TURKEYS COULD FLY.
WKRP Turkey Drop in 30 Seconds
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Thank you! Never gets old.
Ah, another Chrome crash.
Thanks for that post! I had forgotten the show but it can never get old
Yellville, Arkansas was the inspiration for this episode, I guess.
“Oddly enough, this famous WKRP episode was loosely based on a real event! Back in 1946 (some sources say 1945), Yellville, Arkansas inaugurated the “Turkey Trot Festival” which included a wild turkey calling contest, a turkey target shoot, a Miss Drumsticks Pageant and oh yeah: a live turkey release from the roof of the courthouse.
After a few years, someone thought it might be fun to actually toss the poor gobblers out of a low-flying airplane for the event. This repeated for a number of years until 1989 when a national animal-rights protest cast the event in a bad light and the “National Enquirer” splashed a photo of the event across the nation forcing promoters to abandon the turkey drop.”
If you’ve got about 50x the time, you can watch the original here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/322/wkrp-in-cincinnati-turkeys-away
Saw it when originally broadcast, but thanks for the link. The build-up is really key, I think.
Oh, the HUMANITY!
I remember seeing that broadcast. I think Loni Anderson was dating Burt Reynolds about that time.
Ha ha! I watched this on it’s first airing too and I think the meme that developed from it is well deserved. That line never gets old.
Best. Thanksgiving. TV. Ever.
It just isn’t Thanksgiving without referring to that classic. Thanks.
I lived near Yellville at the time – the the year after the PETA flap, the town decided to drop frozen turkeys with parachutes. Several chutes failed to open! If I recall correctly, the only damage was a dent in the hood of a car. For the next several years, an “anonymous” plane with blacked-out tail numbers performed the drop. I moved away around that time, not sure what happened after that.
Uh… PETA was founded in 1980. Some other animal rights group, surely–the Humane Society or ASPCA, perhaps?
Short Attention Span Theater? Where’s Jon Stewart?
On a related note, this reminds of me of the Married With Children episode of the “Santa Drop” which had a much more twisted result.
Too shortened — the real beauty of the episode is how it builds, and the exquisite reaction shots as events off-camera are described, and Les Nessman’s “Oh, the humanity!”
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