Wednesday, November 26, 2008

As God As My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly

Okay, this post has nothing to do with sports, but I was annoyed enough I needed to say something and hell, we haven't posted much lately, so here it goes. had a story on the Top 5 Thanksgiving TV episodes. Their Top 5 consisted of:

“Friends” (“The One Where Ross Got High”)
“Gilmore Girls” (“A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving”)
“The West Wing” (“Shibboleth”)
“Northern Exposure” (“Thanksgiving”)
“South Park” (“Starvin’ Marvin”)

While I have not seen all of the episodes listed above, there is one egregious omission on this list that I cannot abide. How in the hell can you not include the best Thanksgiving episode on TV EVER?!?

The "Turkey's Away" episode of WKRP to me has to be the funniest Thanksgiving TV moment in history! When Mr. Carlson starts dropping live turkeys from a helicopter and Les is on the ground giving a blow-by-blow description has me howling every time. Les' comment on the crowd as being, "curious, yet well-behaved," has been a staple quote amongst our group for years. And we cannot forget, "Thanks for that on-the-spot report, Les, and for those of you who just tuned in, the Pinedale Shopping Mall has just been bombed with live turkeys. Film at eleven."

As we see nearly every time there is a "Best of" list, they typically are heavily biased towards those people/events/things that are more recent. If you ask a typical baseball fan to give you their Top 10 players all-time, most of that list would include recent players. It is the same way with the Top 5 list above. The oldest episode is from 1992 (Northern Exposure) and two are from this decade. Hell, I had graduated high school by 1992. I imagine the person writing this column was born after this infamous WKRP episode even aired (October 1978).

Obviously, I am not alone in this thought. At the bottom of the story, readers can select the Thanksgiving episode they like best from a list of 20 TV episodes. The current leader at the time I wrote this was? You guessed it, "Turkeys Away" with 32% of the vote. A long distance second was the Friends episode at 11%. Way to go MSNBC! Fucktards!

Some from me and all of us here at, have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday, don't freeze your asses off if you go out early on Black Friday and remember:


For your viewing pleasure, check out the full episode here.

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Blogger Kringlebert Fishtybuns said...

Amen Brother! That was the best! I especially liked Les trying to read the banner being pulled along behind!


November 29, 2008 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Slut Bunwalla said...

One of the best television episodes of anything, ever--let alone just Thanksgiving episodes.

At the very end, I love it when Les is telling what happened, and after he describes the turkeys making a counter-attack ("it's like they were organized,"), he ends with "it got really strange after that." As if the whole turkey-bombing incident wasn't strange enough!

Thanks for bringing up a wonderful episode of a wonderful show.

November 30, 2008 at 1:11 AM  

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