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

In my humble opinion, “WKRP In Cincinnati” is THE funniest TV comedy series to ever air! And the funniest episode EVER was “Turkeys Away”, which aired as the series’ Thanksgiving episode in the first season (1978).

The story premise, which was based on a real-life event that happened at radio station WQXI in Atlanta, has station owner Mr. Carlson deciding to take a more hands-on managerial approach by doing the greatest Thanksgiving promotion in radio history — dropping live turkeys from a helicopter.

While the entire episode is filled with great lines by all the cast members, the funniest line is the final one of the episode, delivered by a disheveled Mr. Carlson who in complete seriousness states, “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!”

If  you’ve never seen the show or episode, here’s a YouTube video showing the last 4 minutes of the show. I laughed so hard the first time I saw it on TV some 35 years ago, and still laugh every time I see this clip. Perhaps you will too.

In addition, here’s a fun little quiz about the whole episode that Mental Floss has created.


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