WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)

Herb's Dad 

Herb's father visits the station to see his son. Herb Sr is a born salesman just like Herb Jr, and has run away from the retirement home where he was living. Herb Sr wants his son to give him money so he can go to California.


Rod Daniel


Hugh Wilson (created by), Pj Torokvei (as Peter Torokvei) | 6 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gary Sandy ... Andy Travis
Gordon Jump ... Arthur Carlson
Loni Anderson ... Jennifer Marlowe
Richard Sanders ... Les Nessman
Tim Reid ... Venus Flytrap
Frank Bonner ... Herb Tarlek
Jan Smithers ... Bailey Quarters
Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Johnny Fever
Bert Parks ... Herb Tarlek, Sr.


Herb is having a mixed day. On the up side, he has come up with a scheme to parlay his paycheck into one thousand tax-free dollars. On the down side, Andy is on the warpath as he wants the ads for Shady Hills Rest Home off the air, they, one of Herb's more lucrative sales, who Andy considers disreputable and the ads in poor taste. The goings-on at the station are completely disrupted with the surprise visit by Herb's three-year widowed father, the first Herb Tarlek. The staffers quickly discover that Herb II inherited more of his father than just his name. Herb II's want to prove himself as a good salesman is largely to impress Herb Sr., who has worked his entire life in sales. While father and son negotiate a fundamental issue of Herb Sr.'s life - the reason for Herb Sr.'s surprise visit - which indirectly affect the negotiations today between Herb II and Andy, the other staffers weigh-in on the issue, they basing their feelings on the emotion if Herb Sr. was their father, and their ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

14 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bert Parks, who played Herb Tarlek's father, is best known for hosting the annual Miss America telecast from 1955-79. See more »


Jennifer Marlowe: [having just entered the bullpen] Herb.
Herb Tarlek: Yeah, gorgeous?
Jennifer Marlowe: Your father is in the lobby.
Herb Tarlek: [looking up at Jennifer in surprise] What?
Jennifer Marlowe: Your dad is in the lobby.
Herb Tarlek: [laughing sarcastically] Get out of here.
Jennifer Marlowe: All right. Then there's a man in the lobby with perfect teeth claiming to be your father.
Andy Travis: [interjecting after overhearing the conversation] Why would somebody want to do that?
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Written by Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, Craig Chaquico and Jim McPherson
Performed by Jefferson Starship
[Johnny plays the song in the second scene showing his broadcast leading into the story editor credits]
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