YMMV: WKRP in Cincinnati

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In "Bailey's Show", Johnny is standing in the booth with his whole head buried in a bucket that he's sifting around in. He and Bailey and Travis have a whole conversation with him returning every now and then to his bucket. Before they leave, he asks "Hey, can either of you explain this?" and he dumps a bunch of toy tiki boats on the floor. Bailey and Andy leave without comment and the moment is never brought up again.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: original broadcasts would play honest-to-God rock and popular music. The show would use songs with meaningful lyrics to underscore the plots of each episode. Of course, unless sanity or divine intervention prevails, any rebroadcast won't have the same songs...
    • In fact, Antenna TV is rerunning the episodes with the songs. Hand to God, this Troper just watched "Turkeys Away" with full Pink Floyd scene restored, and it was glorious.
    Carlson: Do I hear dogs?!
    Johnny: I do.
    • Wait, they've gotten the music rights back?! (insert Hallelujah chorus here)
    • The theme song. "Baby, if you've ever wondered..."
    • The closing credits song, a hard rock number composed and performed by Jim Ellis, an Atlanta musician who recorded some of the incidental music for the show. According to people who attended the recording sessions, Ellis didn't yet have lyrics for the closing theme, so he sang nonsense words to give an idea of how it would sound. Hugh Wilson, however, decided to use the words anyway, since he felt that it would be funny to use lyrics that were deliberately gibberish, as a satire on the incomprehensibility of many rock songs. Also, because CBS always had an announcer talking over the closing credits, and they would often mute the closing theme during said closing announcement, Wilson knew that no one would actually hear the closing theme lyrics anyway.
  • Deader Than Disco: A literal version. Though Johnny made several Take That comments against disco when it was still popular, "Dr. Fever and Mr. Tide," a full-length anti-disco episode, didn't appear until 1981, by which time disco was already dead.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Two: Johnny, the morning man with quite a few problems, and Les, the confused newsman with a big ego who gets some of the best scenes (including the big scene in Turkeys Away) in the whole show.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Herb. He has few, if any, redeeming qualities, can't stop pursuing Jennifer despite being married and her repeatedly showing zero interest, bullies Les, the only one at the station who considers him a true friend, and is one of the biggest reasons the station is suffering. The gang lampshades how much they don't like him on several occasions. And yet somehow, unlike Bucky Dornster, Moss Steiger, Dean the Dream or Rex Erhardt, he is included in literally every out-of-the-office activity, the station has pulled together to help him on several occasions and were even willing to lie to the camera (however unconvincingly) to make him look good on TV.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the first few episodes, the theme tune was preceded by a fake news bulletin, where an announcer says, "...but the Senator, while insisting he was not intoxicated, could not explain his nudity." Weirdly, many years later Jan Smithers (Bailey) would get into a traffic accident while inexplicably — allegedly — driving in the nude.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In the US the show is a fondly-remembered Work Com with an avid cult following. In Canada it's a major TV comedy icon, dating all the way back to the first season, when it attracted huge audiences there even as it struggled in the ratings south of the border.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Baby, If You've Ever Wondered", Travis laments that the best he did was cause the station to rise two ratings points rather than go straight to number one, and says that what he should have done was get rid of Herb, Les and Mr. Carlson himself, as none of them are good at their jobs and are dragging the station down. Who are the only three employees still there during The New WKRP in Cincinnati?
  • Hollywood Homely: Many male fans "don't get" why Jan Smithers was cast as the "plain" foil to sexy Jennifer. What they don't get is that Bailey was actually supposed to be the sexy one - the hip, modern girl in comparison to Jennifer's old-fashioned 60s-era "sexy secretary". On the other hand, promoting Gary Sandy as the hunk when Tim Reid was in the cast can only be seen as a result of Most Writers Are Male.
  • It Was His Sled: The fate of those turkeys.
    Jennifer (on the phone with a concerned citizen): Well sir, not a lot of turkeys survive Thanksgiving!
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Most of the replacement music (for syndicated/DVD releases) sounds nothing like the original music. However, when a plot point or mood depends on a specific song (such as "Hot Blooded" in "A Date with Jennifer" or "Your Smiling Face" in "I Want to Keep My Baby"), a more obvious soundalike will be used.
  • Vindicated by History: a middling successful TV show during its run, WKRP now regarded as one of the best Work Com shows ever.
  • Values Dissonance: Herb's relentless pursuit of Jennifer (and management's seeming tolerance of it) would likely result in a sexual harassment lawsuit nowadays.
    • Jennifer quits her “Ask Arlene” advice show when a caller’s husband turns abusive after the caller asserts herself as Jennifer recommended. Jennifer blames herself for breaking up a happy marriage, and no one contradicts her. A reaction like this would be nearly unthinkable today.
    • Bailey happens to walk in on a conversation between Les and Herb, the latter of whom has been kicked out by his wife. Herb has declared that he doesn't want to go back to her, and Les is trying to persuade him to do so. Bailey walks in just in time to hear Herb declare "Face it, Les, whatever we had, it's over!" To which Les says "You can't just throw away a beautiful relationship!" and Herb counters "You can't just base a relationship on sex!" while Bailey sinks into her chair, mortified.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Venus's early outfits had to be seen to be believed. Perhaps the most outlandish was the "Huggy Charms" outfit from "Goodbye, Johnny."
    • Herb's loud suits were part of his dishonest, used-car-salesman personality, and were lampshaded on numerous occasions.