The Summer Between Sixth and Seventh Grade (My WKRP in Cincinatti Story)

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Welcome back!

I think that everyone has that one show that will always be in his or her hearts. It had come into their lives at a time when they needed it the most. It gave them some sense of comfort that their lives during a time where comfort was far and few in between.

That show for me was WKRP in Cincinnati.

In case you do not know WKRP in Cincinnati follows a group of employees at a radio station that recently changed its format. It not only had silly episodes (As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!) but it had episodes about social issues (payola, alcoholism, censorship, and consent).  It is a show that I will always recommend to others and will always be in the top five shows that I will enjoy for the rest of my life.

This show came into my life when I was about eleven years old. I had turned to Nick at Nite on my television so I could watch either I Love Lucy or Bewitched. Instead, there was a marathon of a show I had never heard of before.

I remember being confused and slightly pissed off. I had just come back from the hospital, and I needed something that I knew would make me laugh and forget what I had just seen. I left the show on in hope that a random I Love Lucy episode would air later on.

Let me back up a bit. My grandfather had cancer and was in the hospital. My parents and grandma were not telling me much. I did go the hospital every day, and I saw how he was doing, and it was not good. So, at the end of the day, I wanted to forget and laugh for a few hours at some harmless television.

Little did I know that watching that marathon would help heal me. With each episode, I could feel myself caring about these people. They made me laugh, think and want to see more.  When things were at their worst with my grandfather, I would stay up late to watch the show, even to 4 am when Nick at Nite moved it there in August. Then a tape was set up when school started. Believe it or not, my mom did not want me staying up on school nights even though I thought I could handle it.

Then, that November, my grandfather passed away. I buried myself in those WKRP tapes I had made. Each joke kept me from completely falling apart. Each episode kept me from hiding out in my room for the month.

Naturally, as time went on, I started to let the show fade from my ‘must see list’ after all time heals all wounds. However, the show stayed in the back of my mind.

Thank God for Shout! Factory and their love for television. I like to call them the patron saint of old television shows. The whole series came out of DVD, and I went back there again.

Even now, when I am genuinely upset, I will pop in a DVD, and I am transported back to Cincinnati where I can visit old friends that got me through a very tough situation.

I am not alone either. There is a fantastic podcast called Hold My Order, Terrible Dresser, that goes through two episodes of the show that analyzes it to perfection. It is my new love, and I hope others listen and fall in love as well.

Do you have a show or movie that comforts you? Tell me below!

Until next time, the randomness has ended. I hope you enjoyed.

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