‘As God is my Witness I Thought Turkeys Could Fly’


Amazon classic and hilarious WKRP in Cincinnati Thanksgiving segment.


WFLA has a some background on this famous clip:

“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” That quote comes from one of the most hilarious Thanksgiving-themed television sitcom episodes ever.

The infamous “Turkeys Away” episode of WKRP in Cincinnati aired Oct. 30, 1978 in the first season of the TV show about a radio station and its staff of misfits.

This episode has become a cult classic during the holidays and now with social media and YouTube, we can relive it every year.

Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson (Gordon Jump) has a big idea for an unforgettable Thanksgiving promo for the struggling station he manages — drop live turkeys from a helicopter into a crowd waiting below.

Newsman Les Nessman (Richard Sanders) reports live on the air. He describes the scene echoing the famous 1937 report of the Hindenberg disaster.

“Oh! They’re plunging to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! The turkeys are hitting the ground like bags of wet cement!”

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