There is nothing especially funny about this episode, but it is the epitome of the ability of the makers of WKRP to produce a show that felt like nothing else on TV. There is a disconnected feeling to this episode that very closely approaches the surreal. It is simply a series of extended conversations that take place between characters that have turned to the bottle to keep warm when the heat has gone off inside the building.
You may hear some people tell you that Bob Newhart’s third sitcom “Bob” doesn’t measure up. Those people are either idiots or are talking about season two when CBS ruined it. The first season of “Bob” is better than the first season of either “The Bob Newhart Show” or “Newhart” and the fact that CBS tinkered with the premise, overhauled the entire format and ruined the show forever is all the evidence needed to understand that network executives are a special kind of stupid. “Mad Dog on 34th Street” is one of the funniest Thanksgiving episodes of all time with a glorious special guest appearance by comedian Steven Wright as a cabbie put in the driver’s seat of chasing down a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade balloon of his comic book character Mad Dog which has gone errant and is on the loose.
Make a popcorn holder from a simple cardboard tube of the sort that used to hold some other food. Wrap the exterior of the container with yellow felt and then cut two pieces of green felt that you apply to the container to make the ears of corn. Use actual corn pieces glued between the ears of corn and you’ve got a Thanksgiving tradition that you never imagined you would have.
The Great Depression was the real boomtime for the Macy’s Parade. Although many families could not afford to actually buy anything for Christmas from Macy’s, the attraction of the parade continued to grow. In some cases the crowd watching the parade at some point alone the route was said to be a million strong. The 1930s also saw the introduction of the first radio broadcasts of the parade.