Many critics have regarded the Thanksgiving Episode "Turkeys Away" as one of the funniest in TV history. In addition to the critics, readers of TV Guide voted "Turkeys Away" the best single episode of television in the history of the medium.
Show Creator Hugh Wilson noted the show was having trouble with ratings its freshman season and was close to cancellation. The huge fan response to this episode secured it a full first season.
All of which drama is perfectly followed up by Johnny's world-weary deadpan when Les' live remote suddenly cuts out: "Les? Les, are you there?" (heaves himself upright to resume broadcast) "Les isn't there..."
He then adds, "For those of you just tuning in, the Pinedale Shopping Center has just been bombed with live turkeys. Film at eleven."
Johnny: I still have this picture in my mind of quake victims stumbling through the rubble, all looking like Dolly Parton.
Johnny vs. the 'phone cops'... the ones who exist only in his head.
This being precipitated by him getting frustrated and destroying a telephone (which was phone company property in those days) with a toolbox. The toolbox that was revealed to have had a bomb in it, that he was bashing against the table.
The Tarleks' appearance on "Real Families"
The funeral home jingle designed to attract today's youth ("Yeah, there's no denyin' it/Someday, you'll be buyin' it!")
Johnny and Venus perform an on-air drunk test for reflexes. As the test progresses, Johnny's reflexes get faster, flummoxing the By-the-Book Cop and mocked by an increasingly inebriated Venus.
Andy's reaction when he realizes that Johnny is actually playing a top 40 song. He actually runs into the booth, and tries to read the turning record's label, all the while Johnny just looking at him with a bemused expression.
The episode where the staff all conspire to give a visiting auditor a horrifically incorrect impression of the station. To wit:
Carlson wears a banker's visor and sits in his office spewing figures out of an adding machine, appearing so overworked he barely has time to visit with the consultant.
Herb wears a nice suit, devoid of the usual white-shoe-and-belt combo, and strikes all car-salesman-speak from his vocabulary—except for one brief slip-up where he says, "No problemo!...Problem!"
Les acts as though his meaningless hog reports are intended to be funny, coming across as a hard-nosed reporter with a sense of humor.
Bailey pretends to be high on drugs, ending her interview by singing, "N-E-S-T-L-E-S, Nestle's makes the very best...choooc-laaaaaate!"
Complete with hand-puppet gesture (there was a hand-puppet cow in the real Nestle's commercials back in the day).
Venus is caught in the hallway holding Johnny by the shirtfront and threatening him with a knife.
Andy pops up at the other end of the hall and wordlessly avoids him.
And in the episode's most glorious role reversal, Jennifer pretends to be the vapid blonde outsiders expect her to be.
Jennifer (in high-pitched voice): I think I'll go get everybody some coffee!
(Carlson's meeting with the consultant continues; several minutes later, Jennifer reenters.)
Jennifer: Hi! I'm back!
Carlson: Where's the coffee?
Jennifer (looking horrified): Uh-ohhhh!
Mama Carlson's incredulous response to each "revelation" counts as CMoF as well.
Les, who felt that civil defense was being treated as a joke, wrote up instructions on what to do when Cincinnati is attacked, with Les keeping the Communists in mind. A tornado comes and Les is given those instructions to read. Hilarity Ensues.
Les: "The city of Cincinnati has just been attacked by the godless... tornadoes! Citizens are advised to arm themselves immediately..."
The episode where one of Jennifer's old male friends dies and wills everything to her- the man's fmaily objects and tries to get a legal injunction. Upon playing a taped will at the hearing, the old man carries on conversations with, and even replies to snotty and pouty remarks his family makes, because he knows them so well to tape it in advance, which is why he willed his estate to Jennifer rather than them.
Three polite well-dressed British punk rockers show up. "Hello, we're Scum Of the Earth!"
Les, upon seeing the banner welcoming the radio station's first band: "Isn't that going to attract the worst sort of people?"
How Johnny Fever announces the radio's format change to the unsuspecting city of Cincinnati: BOOOOOOOGGGGEERRRRRRR!
When the two old protesters come into the booth and try to destroy the turntables:
Johnny: All right, you two, up against the wall! (they comply) I don't know what you're doing here, but you should know that I've killed a lot of old people in my time, and I'm not above doing it again!