Still the All-Time Funniest Thing About Thanksgiving

Cidu Bill on Nov 23rd 2017

A thread, begun in 2008, inspired by this line (most memorable single lines in a television episode)

Here’s the entire episode:

And here’s something related from Andréa:

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Filed in Argyle Sweater, Bill Bickel, Scott Hilburn, Thanksgiving, WKRP, humor, television, turkeys | 51 responses so far

51 Responses to “Still the All-Time Funniest Thing About Thanksgiving”

  1. Susan T-O Nov 26th 2009 at 12:01 pm 1

    I didn’t even have to watch the clip–the memory of it alone was enough to get me laughing. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Bill A Nov 26th 2009 at 12:29 pm 2

    Agreed. If you saw it the first time it aired, you never forgot it and thanks to the internet you can share it with your kids and grandkids. It makes me smile just to see the youtube image above.

  3. Tim Nov 26th 2009 at 12:41 pm 3

    Funniest. Thanksgiving. Video. Like the others, I didn’t even need to watch it again to start laughing.

  4. Less reality, more fantasy, no baby blues Nov 26th 2009 at 05:37 pm 4

    I took a look at Hulu and found a nice holiday treat: Babylon 5’s first two seasons are available! It was agreat show.

  5. FeelinOld Nov 26th 2009 at 10:42 pm 5

    Oh the humanity…

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

  6. Jeff S. Nov 26th 2009 at 11:25 pm 6

    I had to watch the entire episode on Hulu with my daughter. I agree Bill… Funniest Thanksgiving Day show, EVAR!!!

  7. chuckers Nov 27th 2009 at 05:37 am 7

    “Sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed from within the United States”

    Hulu bastards….

  8. Ooten Aboot Nov 27th 2009 at 07:19 am 8

    Chuckers, try HotSpot Shield from www.anchorfree.com. I am watching the WKRP episode on hulu.com from an undisclosed location in Canada as I write this. Vive la liberté!

  9. Jeff S. Nov 27th 2009 at 02:24 pm 9

    That bites, chuckers

  10. mkilby Nov 28th 2009 at 04:47 am 10

    @ Ooten Aboot - thanks for the tip! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that both Windows AND Mac versions were available. However, I did need to manually tweak the link in the browser address field before I could get it to download properly.

  11. Fred Nov 28th 2009 at 09:04 am 11

    I love it when Les is reporting from the parking lot. “There’s a banner, and it says…haaaaa….peeeeeeee……thannnnnnnnnks……giiivvvvvvving…from….Double-uuuuuuuuuu….kayyyyyyyyyyyyy……rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr……P!” and the classic line, “They’re falling to the ground like sacks of wet cement!” I haven’t seen that episode in years, but those lines will never leave me.

  12. chuckers Nov 28th 2009 at 09:14 am 12

    Thanks Ooten, that does work. Although I am a bit leery about what it might
    actually be doing and whether or not any personal info (banking details etc.) might be sent over somewhere on the sly.

    Still is a great episode.

  13. Jeff S. Nov 28th 2009 at 08:37 pm 13

    I always remember the “wet cement” line, as well as the show’s main punchline. I had forgotten this episode was from the first season though. I find it facinating they had such a well written script so early on in the series. The writers had fleshed out the characters quickly.

  14. Buzz Killington Nov 29th 2009 at 03:02 am 14

    Arguably the funniest episode of my absolute favourite sitcom of all time!

  15. FeelinOld Nov 29th 2009 at 10:51 pm 15

    Agree, one of the better sitcoms, too bad most the music in the DVD’s was replaced (a lot of the time the music was part of the joke)

  16. Molly J Nov 30th 2009 at 11:13 am 16

    There is an entire generation (of which I am a part) from which one person can look at another and say only, “As God is my witness…” and the other party will began to laugh out loud. A great legacy from an awesome show. They just don’t write ‘em like that anymore.

  17. Chuck Nov 26th 2010 at 05:26 am 17

    Doubleyou kay are pee in Cincinaaaatiiiii~

  18. Whalehead King Nov 26th 2010 at 05:59 pm 18

    Agreed. Thanks for the memory. Now if it was turduckens….

  19. Jeff S. Nov 26th 2010 at 08:42 pm 19

    Gordon Jump delivered that line perfectly.

  20. Pat W. Kirk Nov 28th 2010 at 06:15 am 20

    That show should be a yearly tradition on Thanksgiving like Scrooge and It’s a Wonderful Life are for Christmas. I’m laughing right now, thinking of Les shocked face as the Mall is bombarded.

  21. David A. Rooney Nov 28th 2010 at 11:46 am 21

    “It’s gets pretty weird after that. It was like the turkeys mounted a counter-attack. It was almost as if they were - organized!”

  22. littlefoot Dec 2nd 2010 at 11:49 am 22

    Love Les Nessman in that. He’d obviously seen/heard a lot of live wartime reporting - not to mention the Hndenberg.

    Heck, love Les Nessman, period.

  23. Cidu Bill Nov 21st 2011 at 03:07 am 23

    Well, Pat, at the very least, the clip is a yearly tradition…

  24. SAL Nov 25th 2011 at 12:09 pm 24

    Classic, they just don’t make shows like this any more. I stopped watching TV when Sienfeld went off. Haven’t looked back once.

  25. Dave in Asheville Nov 22nd 2012 at 02:12 pm 25

    I grew up in Cincinnati in the late 70’s and early 80’s… WKRP is in my DNA. What a joy to read this thread (and the older one, again). Not in this episode (that I can remember), but I can’t help but picture Les thumping his chest for one of his faux helicopter traffic reports. WKRP: more music, and Les Nessman.

  26. Chakolate Nov 23rd 2012 at 01:04 pm 26

    On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving WGN broadcast this episode four times in succession. I only recorded the first one, but then I let it replay in the background all day.

    Too good!

  27. Dave in Asheville Nov 28th 2013 at 12:03 pm 27

    It’s been another year already?!?

  28. LarryLunts Nov 28th 2013 at 01:04 pm 28

    The single best sitcom line was from “Murphy Brown.” As Murphy was being prepped for surgery, an anesthesiologist entered with a hypodermic needle and told Murphy, “You might feel a little prick in your hand.” Murphy replied, “If I feel a little prick in my hand, somebody’s gonna get sued.”

  29. John Small Berries Nov 28th 2013 at 01:55 pm 29

    LarryLunts’ quote reminds me of a similar joke from the “Beer” episode of Blackadder II:

    Blackadder: I wish to quickly send off some party invitations. And to make them look particularly tough, I wish to write them in blood. Your blood, to be precise.

    Baldrick: So, how much blood will you actually be requiring, my lord?

    Blackadder: Oh, nothing much, just a small puddle.

    Baldrick: Will you want me to cut anything off? An arm or a leg, for instance?

    Blackadder: Oh, good lord, no. A little prick should do.

    Baldrick: Very well, my lord; I am your bondsman, and must obey. (sticks a knife down his trousers and begins sawing)

    Blackadder: Oh, for God’s sake, Baldrick! I meant a little prick on your finger!

    Baldrick: I haven’t got one there!

  30. billytheskink Nov 29th 2013 at 01:28 am 30

    There isn’t a person alive who can keep a straight face when hearing the “sacks of wet cement” line.

  31. Morris Keesan Nov 29th 2013 at 11:30 am 31

    billytheskink #30: What’s that line from?

    LarryLunts #28: I was hospitalized for a few days recently, which is really boring, and I was getting needles stuck into me frequently. I amused myself slightly by arguing with the people who told me I was going to feel “a little pinch”. I know what being pinched feels like, and I know what having a needle stuck into me feels like, and they’re not the same thing.

  32. Jeff S. Nov 29th 2013 at 11:52 am 32

    Morris Keesan — The line is from this episode, spoken by Les Nessman while doing his report from the shopping mall.

  33. Ooten Aboot Nov 30th 2013 at 07:41 am 33

    I can’t decide whether this spoils the fun or makes it funnier:

    http://classictvhistory.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/turkeys-away-an-oral-history/

  34. Bob Nov 30th 2013 at 10:49 am 34

    Ooten - thanks for the link. Good (and funny) info.

  35. Jeff S. Nov 30th 2013 at 01:11 pm 35

    Ooten - I agree with Bob: Thanks for the link! I liked to read what the writers and actors thought about that episode. It’s impressive to think that this episode was just the 7th episode in the show’s history, yet it 40th on TV Guide’s list of Best TV Episodes.

  36. Less Reality, More Fantasy, No Baby Blues Dec 1st 2013 at 04:29 am 36

    Remember when we were all complaining about the ending of Lost a couple of years later? There was an even worse ending to a franchise filled with unanswered questions: Mass Effect 3. Basically, Mass Effect tells the story of a galactic war against a race of destructive robots called the Reapers, which come every 50,000 years and kill everyone, sending all the civilizations back to the Stone Age. It has dozens of times when the player can make a decision, good or evil, and the choices affect the story over the course of the three games. Mass Effect 3 ends with the final battle, then the main character going to a Deus Ex Machina to meet a character who was barely mentioned, a character who explained that he sent robots to kill organics in order to stop robots from killing organics, I think in those words. You then have three choices, one of which only occurs if you do everything in the third game, and none of your choices change anything. This is the original ending: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=mass+effect+3+original+ending&FORM=VIRE2#view=detail&mid=98F8A066B122400D095198F8A066B122400D0951 This is the new version, or so I assume, because after that giant fuck you, I had no interest in downloading the new content and seeing if it was slightly less insulting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nVf_yDYftY

  37. Meryl A Dec 4th 2013 at 03:05 am 37

    On Thanksgiving night those of us not shopping got to watch the episode over and over on Antenna TV.

    There is an episode of WKRP that featured the movie “They All Laughed”by having Colleen Camp interviewed or such about it. Other than in movies about Dorothy Stratten I have never seen it mentioned anywhere and it is my favorite movie. I am guessing that it was never released or very limited release as DS died before it was release. Very funny movie with an assortment of bigish actors (Jeff Ritter, Audrey Hepburn & Ben Gazzara) and pretty girls done by Peter Bogdanovich.

  38. BBBB Nov 27th 2014 at 10:15 am 38

    Ooten @ #33: Many, many thanks. You have made my Thanksgiving–and that of all the others to whom I forwarded the link.

  39. Nicole Nov 30th 2014 at 12:15 am 39

    I would like to offer this as a close second

    http://www.ibiblio.org/Dave/Dr-Fun/df200312/df20031210.jpg

  40. Elyrest Nov 30th 2014 at 10:17 am 40

    Thanks, Nicole. One of my favorites.

  41. tygalilee Dec 3rd 2014 at 11:11 am 41

    The years are just whippin’ by. Golly. I can’t believe it’s been a year since the last time this was posted. (Yes this reply is about a week late. Lotta blog readin’ to catch up on)

  42. Cidu Bill Dec 3rd 2014 at 04:32 pm 42

    I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since I posted this.

  43. padraig Nov 26th 2015 at 10:24 am 43

    I had forgotten that that line was delivered over the closing credits. The first time I watched it I almost tuned it out. Did they think it was a throwaway line or an out-take?

  44. padraig Nov 26th 2015 at 10:25 am 44

    Oh, and the really shocking bit about it was Les Nessman reporting live on the turkey drop and going into full Hindenburg mode, including “Oh the humanity!” That was pretty dark for those days.

  45. Kedamono Nov 26th 2015 at 11:14 am 45

    Reposting this clip is a tradition every Thanksgiving. As a side note, only domestic turkeys can’t fly. Wild turkeys are quite capable of flight and a good glide path.

  46. Bob Nov 27th 2015 at 02:37 pm 46

    I was a huge fan of WKRP, but one thing bothers me about “As God is my witness…” - if the Big Guy honestly thought turkeys could fly, why wouldn’t he think that they would all just fly away rather than be picked up and roasted for dinner?

  47. Powers Nov 24th 2016 at 10:05 am 47

    This article came up in my news feed yesterday, and I just knew there’d be a thread here today on which to post it: http://americannewsx.com/hot-off-the-press/real-story-wkrp-turkeys-away/

  48. Todd Nov 24th 2017 at 07:58 pm 48

    Read down to near the bottom before I realized it was all old posts. Then went on Hulu to find Babylon 5, and when I couldn’t find it, only then did I realize the mention was from this thread. From 2009.

    I’ve been looking for (free) subscription streaming of B5 for years, and no one has it. I was a Trek fan, but understand that I couldn’t get into B5 because you can only take so many aliens that are just bad hair and prosthetic head bumps. Or in writing, only so many cats, dogs, lizards, or insects.

  49. Cidu Bill Nov 24th 2017 at 08:21 pm 49

    Todd. I’m pretty sure Hulu no longer has a free option (which is why I changed the episode link this year).

  50. Mark in Boston Nov 24th 2017 at 10:03 pm 50

    As George Carlin said, you can prick your finger but don’t you finger your

  51. Grawlix Nov 27th 2017 at 08:25 pm 51

    But (wild) turkeys can indeed fly!

    Just not very far. They roost in trees at night.

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