Season 1: Order Now!
George Coe (last: 10/18/75)
Michael O'Donoghue (last: 10/18/75)
Marilyn Suzanne Miller
10/11/75: George Carlin / Billy Preston, Janis Ian
10/18/75: Paul Simon / Randy Newman, Phoebe Snow
10/25/75: Rob Reiner
11/08/75: Candice Bergen / Esther Phillips
11/15/75: Robert Klein / ABBA, Loudon Wainwright III
11/22/75: Lily Tomlin
12/13/75: Richard Pryor / Gil Scott-Heron
12/20/75: Candice Bergen / Martha Reeves, The Stylistics
01/10/76: Elliott Gould / Anne Murray
01/17/76: Buck Henry / Bill Withers, Toni Basil, The Blues Brothers
01/24/76: Peter Cook & Dudley Moore / Neil Sedaka
01/31/76: Dick Cavett / Jimmy Cliff
02/14/76: Peter Boyle / Al Jarreau
02/21/76: Desi Arnaz / Desi Arnaz, Jr.
02/28/76: Jill Clayburgh / Leon Redbone, The Singing Idlers
03/13/76: Anthony Perkins / Betty Carter
04/17/76: Ron Nessen / Patti Smith
04/24/76: Raquel Welch / Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian
05/08/76: Madeline Kahn / Carly Simon
05/15/76: Dyan Cannon / Leon & Mary Russell
05/22/76: Buck Henry / Gordon Lightfoot
05/29/76: Elliott Gould / Leon Redbone, Harlan Collins & Joyce Everson
07/24/76: Louise Lasser / Preservation Hall Jazz Band
07/31/76: Kris Kristofferson / Rita Coolidge
Lorne Michaels had a vision: to bring live late-night comedy/variety to
television. NBC was playing reruns of "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" on Saturday nights, but wanted to feature new programming instead. And so, "Saturday Night Live" was born, albeit under the name "NBC's Saturday Night", since sportscaster Howard Cosell was already using the name for his prime-time comedy/variety show. To mock him even further, Michaels dubbed his cast members "The Not Ready For Prime Time Players", after Cosell's own "Prime Time Players".
Despite the overabundance of material for the first show (which included two musical guests, an Albert Brooks film, a Muppets piece and several commercial parodies), "SNL" found a vacancy in viewers' eyes. As standard throughout the years that followed, "SNL" beat the competition, and the only thing to survive Cosell's show was a young comedian named Billy Murray, who would join the successful NBC comedy program during its second season.