WKRP in Cincinnati

Season 3 Episode 3

Real Families

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 1980 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Real Families
When Herb's family is featured in the show Real Families, he is sure that they can serve as an example of a clean living family. Unfortunately, the image Herb wants to convey is different from the reality shown on screen.

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    Peter Marshall

    Peter Marshall

    Phil Tarry

    Guest Star

    Daphne Maxwell Reid

    Daphne Maxwell Reid

    Elaine Parker

    Guest Star

    Stacy Heather Tolkin

    Stacy Heather Tolkin

    Bunny Tarlek

    Guest Star

    Edie McClurg

    Edie McClurg

    Lucille Tarlek

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Lucille: I think Jennifer had a crush on Herb at one time, but that's all over now.

      • Lucille: We only allow the children to watch wholesome, family entertainment.
        TV Hostess: Like what?
        Lucille: Well, the Little House on the Prairie. Now that's a fine, wholesome show. It's about blind children out west, and every week they have a fire, or someone gets an incurable disease. We enjoy it very much.

      • Johnny: In the first place, Herb's name isn't Tarlek, it's Nietzsche. He's directly related to the famous nihilist philosopher. See, he came to America to prove through the use of polyester that God is dead, and I think he's succeeded admirably, don't you?

      • SPCA Worker: Mr. Tarlek had placed some ducks in the window of Hunter's Department Store as an advertising gimmick with his radio station. At noon, one, two and three PM, the ducks would do a little dance, sort of a jitterbug.
        TV Hostess: Mr. Tarlek had trained the ducks?
        SPCA Worker: No, the ducks danced on a little stage made of aluminum foil. We discovered that under that, Mr. Tarlek had placed a hot plate. He would turn it up, and the ducks would dance, and he would turn it off and the ducks would go on about their business. You know the interesting thing about this case was that two Thanksgivings ago this man Tarlek and another man named Carlson were cited for throwing live turkeys out of a helicopter to their deaths.

      • Johnny: I'm on the air, Herb.
        Herb: This is Real Families. National television.
        Johnny: And this is radio in Cincinnati, being interrupted.

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Elaine Parker comments that on the next Real Families, "We go to New York City. He's a Cuban band leader and she says she's an average, redheaded housewife," implying that it would be focusing on Ricky and Lucy Ricardo of I Love Lucy.