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wkrp What Do You Mean Turkeys Cant Fly?

On this classic episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, “Turkeys Away,” the station drops live turkeys out of a helicopter over a shopping center as a Thanksgiving Day giveaway. The turkeys, which cannot fly, plunge to their deaths as shoppers run for their lives.

The entire event occurs entirely off-screen as the viewer only sees and hears Les Nessman describe the scene in words reminiscent of the reporting of the Hindenburg disaster. A shaken Arthur Carlson later remarks, “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” It was named by TV Guide as one of the greatest episodes in television history.


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