12 Tiny Errors On 'WKRP in Cincinnati'
The workplace sitcom, "WKRP in Cincinnati" perfected the slapstick comedy genre every single episode. Fans who were really paying attention may also have noticed a few of the bloopers in the background... We've gathered all the best errors and blips that you didn't even know were there. So stay tuned!
The Show Reunion That You Don't Want To Miss
In 2014 this star-studded cast decided to gather around the ole gang for a good catch up. We can't talk about this series and its bloopers before taking a look into the lives of the people who made it all that it was and more... So what did show creator Hugh Wilson have to say? Well, he said the following about their legacy:
“You know, we were never really that popular, but I thought we were kind of smart. When we went into syndication, we did way better than any other MTM show — Mary, Phyllis, Rhoda, Hill Street… we were the king of syndication, which means that people were still finding us, and hopefully, we did a couple of memorable things."
He also went on to share some of the unbelievable spoofs that came from improvisation on set. The turkey scene is one of the most memorable scenes of the show. Wilson explained a little bit of how it came into being. He said:
“We threw a turkey out of a helicopter once, and that got someone fired… It really happened, and of course, I tried to highlight the humor of it as much as possible, but it was a real event, and it was far more funny than anything I could have cooked up!”
The Cast Retells Their Favorite Memories From The Show
One of the perks of working on this series was exposure to great music. The actor, Tim Reid, looked back on his days on WKRP in Cincinnati. He shared that he mostly enjoyed the great music collection. His words were:
“We had an incredible record collection, because, back in the day, the music companies would flood us with records to try to get us to play music. Once (Howard and I) would get the script, we would get a look at what we had to say, what the scene was about, and I would listen to music to find the music that fit more for what I felt I would be playing under those circumstances.”
Tim also had lots of praise for the show's creator. He said:
“(Creator and producer Wilson) had that ability back then that you don’t find in television today, and that is to let the characters breathe, to let the outside world into the characters, not necessarily create a fictitious world to give to the world, but to integrate both the reality and the perception of creating our own reality. There was a merger there that was unlike anything in television at the time.”
12. The Unavoidable Error On Venus' Jacket
We start off this list with one of the more obvious blips on the series... Many fans have found themselves intrigued by Venus Flytrap's character back in 1978... More specifically, they noticed his trendy jacket that made a reference to Cincinnati. There was only one issue, the city was spelled with an "o" instead of "i", Cincinnato...
11. Wait, What Colour Was The Label
A continuity mistake comes in the wide shot of Johnny, Bailey, Venus, and Andy while they are sitting inside the studio. As Les begins to talk about the Hindenburg we see the brown label but soon after that, we see a scene that shows off a turntable with a white label. Oops!
10. Gone With The Glasses
One of the funniest spoofs comes out of the control room during a radio interview. Everything seems to be in place as we gain a view of Johnny Fever without his glasses on. Attentive viewers may notice that a few seconds later, in the following scene, his glasses have miraculously appeared on his face!
9. The Forgotten "Buckeye Newshawk Awards"
Les Nessman was one of the stars on the show who never had any trouble blowing his own horn. He liked to boast about his talents and awards and this brings us to our next blooper... It seems Les forgets the number of awards he has won which has led to some funny jokes.
Later in the show, we are told that he is a proud "five-time winner of the Buckeye Newshawk Award." Yet, diehard fans of WKRP in Cincinnati will know that this fact is faulty... Why? Well, Les had already told us that he actually won only two of these prestigious awards...
8. The Blooper Is In The Bullet Hole
The first season of WKRP in Cincinnati was one of the best throughout the show's entire runtime. In one specific scenario, we see Johnny Fever in an altercation with a DJ. When he shoots the gun at a speaker we see a hole appear on the side as to be expected.
The issue comes in when the speaker falls over. The force of the bullet makes the entire device land on its side and consequently causes the fake bullet hole" to fall off. How the producers failed to see and fix this is pretty amusing and honestly quite awkward...
7. Herb Worked For A Situation That Does Not Exist
Do you remember the "Venus Rising" episode? Well, there's a very good chance you didn't notice this next blip... It happens when Venus becomes the program director of a radio station, "channel 71" to be specific. However, this is impossible as UHF channels only go to 69!
6. They Lie About The Floor They Are On
The "Hoodlum Rock" episode provides another error on the part of the producers... As Johnny is babysitting at a hotel we see the kids throw a bellhop out of a window. They then ask "What floor are we on?" He says they are on the first floor but fans can see the roof of other buildings... They were definitely above the first floor!
5. The Record's Needle Was Over The Lable
The DJs are often seen busy spinning records on air...This opens them up to make some mistakes. One of the big ones being the way they spin the records and of course the big flaw of putting the record's needle of the label of the disk... This always hinders the sound quality!
4. The Magical Changing Of The Records
Another DJ goof is a pretty obvious one. We see the record playing change from one scene to the next. The change happens without any explanation and in one clear blooper, the camera pans from Venus Flytrap to Johnny and consequently, the record's label alters from initially being yellow to black a few seconds later.
3. A Misleading Game Of Cards
"Straight from the Heart" offers us a more serious moment in this comedy show. The main cast is seen drawing cards to determine whether Herb should get himself checked out in the ER. Bailey says that she has pulled a number 4 card but we soon see that the card was actually a number 2.
2. Les Nessman's Ever-Changing Marriage Status
Les Nessman is one of the most endearing stars of this beloved show. We all know he is not particularly popular with the ladies and that he is single for most of the show. Yet, he is wearing a wedding ring in one of the scenes! It must have been the actor's real-life wedding band that he forgot to remove.
1. The Show's Location Is Revealed...
The third season confirms that the show was filmed in Hollywood and not in Cincinnati. How? Well, we see Herb Tarlek's family documentary footage that shows his home. One of the defining features was of course a huge amount of palm trees, a classic sign of Tinseltown.
Bonus Fact: The Show's Legacy Still Lives On Today
It seems like the many bloopers did nothing to hinder the show's success. One of the alum actresses, Loni Anderson, shared her experiences decades later. While doing some shopping she still gets fans from the show come up to her. She said:
"I was just at a Bed, Bath & Beyond. A woman stopped me and said, 'I love you.' She looked like she was 30 years old. I didn’t realize people would remember it a quarter-century later!”
The Series Cast Is Still Pretty Close
Loni also shed some light on the relationship between the cast members:
“We’re still very much a family. There was a real camaraderie and closeness, kind of like a first kiss. It was special. I think women loved the fact I was sexy and smart. I know it sounds crazy to people today but in 1978, when we came on, not many women were doing both in comedy.”
This series was one for the books! From its witty and hilarious storyline to the bloopers that added to the intrigue, fans could not get enough of WKRP in Cincinnati and we see why. Which of the blips on this list was the most surprising? Leave us a comment and be sure to click that share button!