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  Season 1: 1975-1976




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Starring:

  • Dan Aykroyd

  • John Belushi

  • Chevy Chase

  • George Coe (last: 10/18/75)

  • Jane Curtin

  • Garrett Morris

  • Laraine Newman

  • Michael O'Donoghue (last: 10/18/75)

  • Gilda Radner

  • Written by:

  • Anne Beatts

  • Chevy Chase

  • Tom Davis

  • Al Franken

  • Lorne Michaels

  • Marilyn Suzanne Miller

  • Garrett Morris

  • Michael O'Donoghue

  • Herb Sargent

  • Tom Schiller

  • Rosie Shuster

  • Alan Zweibel
  • Episodes
  • 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


  • Summary
        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.


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