The ultimate "WKRP in Cincinnati" quiz!

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By: Torrance Grey

6 Min Quiz

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Baby, if you've ever wondered how well you remember this classic comedy, it's time to find out! We've created a quiz on this beloved show about a program director trying to rejuvenate a failing radio station. Tune in now!

What year did "WKRP" premiere?

WKRP launched in 1978, and its hair and clothing styles reflect the times.

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Where is the subject of WKRP's theme song living?

An urban legend circulated that actor who played Les sang it, but it wasn't true.

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What event kicks off the pilot of "WKRP"?

Andy was hired to turn the struggling station around, and the format change was part of that.

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Which character was known as "Big Guy"?

Herb Tarlek was "little guy," though this nickname was rarely used.

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What was reporter Les's last name?

DJ Johnny Fever calls WKRP the station with "more music and Les Nessman."

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Which two characters had military experience?

Actor Tim Reid says that "WKRP" was the first show to deal with the topic of Vietnam.

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Which character wore unusually tacky clothes?

Honestly, much of the 70s gear looks tacky now, with the possible exception of Mr. Carlson's and Les's conservative suits.

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Which character persistently hit on receptionist Jennifer?

Herb, the station's smarmy sales manager, was played by Frank Bonner.

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What was Les Nessman's signature article of clothing?

Les also wore a Band-Aid in every episode, although it often wasn't prominent.

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Who played bleary-eyed DJ Johnny Fever?

David Cassidy was actually offered the role. Bonaduce would have been a bit young.

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Who did station boss, Mr. Carlson, fear?

Her wealth allowed him to "run" the station, though he preferred fishing to the radio business.

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Which of the following was NOT one of Johnny Fever's other on-air names?

His rarely-used real name was John Caravella.

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What word got Johnny Fever fired from his previous radio job?

Andy assures Johnny it's okay to say it now, and Johnny immediately does.

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What goes wrong with Bailey's first "Cinncinnati Beat" program?

Bailey doesn't realize "Dr." Hy Monroe is nuts until he's on the air.

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What did Mr. Carlson have thrown out of a helicopter as a Thanksgiving promotion?

A shell-shocked Carlson says, "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

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What event causes a near-suicidal Les to go out on a ledge?

A Cinncinnati Reds player calls Les "a queer little guy," which gets misinterpreted.

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What was the name of Herb's wife?

Lucille was played by veteran comic actress Edie McClurg.

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Which song does Andy use to win a debate on religious censorship?

A Jerry-Falwell-like moral leader objects to the song's premise of a world without heaven, hell or religion.

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What private demon afflicted Herb Tarlek?

This episode was a rare human moment for Herb, who was often comic relief.

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What does Johnny Fever say on the air that makes his L.A. job short-lived?

"Defenestrate" isn't even a dirty word -- it means to throw or fall out a window.

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What was the prize for the "unwinnable" contest?

Andy tries to make the contest unwinnable in order to not give away the $5000, but of course, he fails.

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What is the name of the man who (briefly) captures Jennifer's heart?

Unfortunately, Steel is a gold-digger, like Jennifer herself is implied to be.

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When Johnny Fever hears the voice of God, what does God want him to do?

The full announcement: "John, I love you, I want you to seek knowledge, and I want you to be a golf pro."

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Les takes Jennifer to the awards banquet for which prize?

Les held several other minor awards.

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Why does Venus Flytrap rethink a job offer from a competing station?

Unsurprisingly, Venus stays behind the mike at WKRP.

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Who was the only person unfazed by imperious Mama Carlson?

Andy, however, tended to hold his own with her when he negotiated in the interests of the station.

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In the two-part bomb-threat episode, where was the bomb actually planted?

Andy thought he was being clever by having Johnny and Venus broadcast from the tower.

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What's the hitch when Les meets a woman through a dating service?

It was Les who had a giant dog, Phil, he lived in fear of.

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What disturbing thing does Les learn about his biological father?

Frank Bonner, who played Herb, directed the episode.

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How does Venus persuade a teenage boy not to drop out of school?

Venus makes a nifty analogy about three competing gangs, which turn out to be protons, neutrons and electrons.

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In the series' final episode, what do we learn Mama Carlson always wanted WKRP to be?

Because the show was expected to be renewed, this last episode wasn't notably a farewell.

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Which character could be seen later as the Maytag repairman?

A longtime Mormon, Jump also appeared in several films made by the LDS church.

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Which actor also co-wrote five episodes of the show?

Many actors try their hand at directing -- as Sanders also did -- but writing episodes is rarer.

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Which of the following is actually true about "WKRP"?

Series creator Hugh Wilson, who had worked in radio, heard several versions of the story.

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What is "WKRP's" end-credits song about?

Studio musicians faked incomprehensible lyrics expecting them to be replaced later, but the show's producers were fine with the demo as it was.

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