Best. Thanksgiving. Sitcom. Scene. Ever. - VIDEO
I'm talking about the famous "Turkey Drop" scene from WKRP in Cincinnati, of course. The reason why it is the best is not what we actually saw, but what was implied by reporter Les Nessman. If anything, the way the scene played out hearkened back to the golden days of radio and the "theater of the mind".
In this episode, entitled "Turkeys Away" and originally broadcast back in October of 1978, Mr. Carlson believes that the station needs a Thanksgiving promotion. So, he decides to have turkeys dropped from a helicopter flying above a shopping mall. What he doesn't realize is that turkeys aren't the greatest fliers, especially while being dropped from 2000 feet in the air. What results is a disaster. Nothing worse to ruin your holiday than a 20 or 30 pound turkey crashing into your car windshield from several thousand feet up.
What makes this scene great is Les' reaction to what he is seeing. His cries of 'Oh the humanity!' call back to the Hindenburg disaster, which he actually mentions. Because Les (played by Richard Sanders) does such as good job describing the calamity around him the staff back at the radio station, as well as the viewing audience, can picture what is going on. And, that just makes it funnier.
Judge for yourself by clicking on the video below.