Herb has applied for the Tarleks and the application has been accepted for them to appear on the national television show "Real Families". Herb's application letter stated that the show always chooses families that are not real in being too outrageous, not like the nice, normal family that the Tarleks are. The show's producers are determined to depict the true Tarlek family life, as opposed to the family life the Tarleks may want to portray to the national viewing public, and the producers will use whatever tactic at their means to achieve their goal. Herb's obvious coaching of his fellow WKRP'ers to make Herb out as the "hard worker, loyal husband, and all around fine person" may backfire on him and play into the producers' hands.
Did You Know?
Lucille refers to Little House On The Prairie as a wholesome show she lets the family watch, describing it as a "show about blind children." Little House On The Prairie was WKRP's most popular competition for its first two seasons, and Hugh Wilson once joked that whenever WKRP was gaining in the ratings, "Little House would blind another kid." See more
As Herb drives to work, the camera picks up shots of palm trees on the streets of Cincinnati. See more
Herb Tarlek III
[coming out of the house, speaking directly to the camera, the camera crew who Herb Sr. has just kicked out
My father is a hard worker, a loyal husband, and an all around fine person.
[Herb Sr. emerges from the house and hands Herb Jr. his doll for a job well done
In the 90's redistribution package and DVD release, the opening theme to Real Families is replaced by a different generic theme and thus has a different announcer (which is unfortunate because the original announcer was Johnny Olsen from The Price Is Right). Most of the rock songs that WKRP plays are still present, except for the ones that underscore Bailey and Venus's explanations about the dancing ducks promotion. "She's So Cold" by The Rolling Stones (Bailey's song) has been replaced by a song by Jackson Browne. "Once in a Lifetime" by the Talking Heads (Venus's song) has been replaced by instrumental new wave music. In both cases, the dialogue is intact. See more
References That's Incredible!
You Shook Me All Night Long
Written by Angus Young
, Malcolm Young
and Brian Johnson
Performed by AC/DC
[Played during Johnny's interview] See more