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  Season 5: 1979-1980




The Complete Fifth Season on DVD

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Starring:

  • Jane Curtin

  • Garrett Morris

  • Bill Murray

  • Laraine Newman

  • Gilda Radner

  • Harry Shearer

  • Featuring:

  • Peter Aykroyd (first: 11/17/79)

  • Tom Davis

  • Jim Downey

  • Brian Doyle-Murray (first: 12/15/79)

  • Al Franken

  • Don Novello

  • Tom Schiller (first: 12/15/79)

  • Paul Shaffer

  • Alan Zweibel (first: 12/15/79)

  • Episodes
  • 10/13/79: Steve Martin / Blondie

  • 10/20/79: Eric Idle / Bob Dylan

  • 11/03/79: Bill Russell / Chicago

  • 11/10/79: Buck Henry / Tom Petty

  • 11/17/79: Bea Arthur / The Roches

  • 12/08/79: Howard Hesseman / Randy Newman

  • 12/15/79: Martin Sheen / David Bowie

  • 12/22/79: Ted Knight / Desmond Child & Rouge

  • 01/26/80: Teri Garr / The B-52's

  • 02/09/80: Chevy Chase / Marianne Faithfull

  • 02/16/80: Elliott Gould / Gary Numan

  • 02/23/80: Kirk Douglas / Sam & Dave

  • 03/08/80: Rodney Dangerfield / The J. Geils Band

  • 03/15/80: (none) / James Taylor & Paul Simon, David Sanborn

  • 04/05/80: Richard Benjamin & Paula Prentiss / Grateful Dead

  • 04/12/80: Burt Reynolds / Anne Murray

  • 04/19/80: Strother Martin / The Specials

  • 05/10/80: Bob Newhart / Amazing Rhythm Aces, Bruce Cockburn

  • 05/17/80: Steve Martin / 3-D, Paul & Linda McCartney

  • 05/24/80: Buck Henry / Andrew Gold, Andrae Crouch & Voices of Unity


  • Summary
        "Saturday Night Live" is only as big as its stars, and the 1979 season made that abundantly clear. Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi left the show at the end of the fourth season to pursue movie stardom, leaving a noticeable void. Bill Murray became the show's new frontrunner, and was placed in nearly every sketch. Jane, Garrett, Laraine and Gilda still provide laughs, as do premiere featured performances by comic Harry Shearer and most of the show's writers, but it's easy to see that the old magic is no longer there. It was so evident to everyone involved with the show, that they all decided to leave at the end of the season, rounding out five years of involvement with the "Saturday Night Live" project. However, NBC was not letting go of its highest-rated program that easily, and was determined to salvage it no longer how many years it would take.


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