Saturday Night Live: 1976-1977


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  Season 2: 1976-1977

The Complete Second Season on DVD


  • Dan Aykroyd
  • John Belushi
  • Chevy Chase (last: 10/30/75)
  • Jane Curtin
  • Garrett Morris
  • Bill Murray (first: 01/15/76)
  • Laraine Newman
  • Gilda Radner

  • Written by:

  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Anne Beatts
  • John Belushi
  • Chevy Chase
  • Tom Davis
  • Jim Downey
  • Al Franken
  • Bruce McCall
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Marilyn Suzanne Miller
  • Bill Murray
  • Michael O’Donoghue
  • Herb Sargent
  • Tom Schiller
  • Rosie Shuster
  • Alan Zweibel
  • Episodes

  • 09/18/76: Lily Tomlin / James Taylor
  • 09/25/76: Norman Lear / Boz Scaggs
  • 10/02/76: Eric Idle / Joe Cocker, Stuff
  • 10/16/76: Karen Black / John Prine
  • 10/23/76: Steve Martin / Kinky Friedman
  • 10/30/76: Buck Henry / The Band
  • 11/13/76: Dick Cavett / Ry Cooder
  • 11/20/76: Paul Simon / George Harrison
  • 11/27/76: Jodie Foster / Brian Wilson
  • 12/11/76: Candice Bergen / Frank Zappa
  • 01/15/77: Ralph Nader / George Benson
  • 01/22/77: Ruth Gordon / Chuck Berry
  • 01/29/77: Fran Tarkenton / Leo Sayer, Donny Harper Singers
  • 02/20/77: Mardi Gras Special
  • 02/26/77: Steve Martin / The Kinks
  • 03/12/77: Sissy Spacek / Richard Baskin
  • 03/19/77: Broderick Crawford / Levon Helm, Dr. John, The Meters
  • 03/26/77: Jack Burns / Santana
  • 04/09/77: Julian Bond / Tom Waits, Brick
  • 04/16/77: Elliott Gould / Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Roslyn Kind
  • 04/23/77: Eric Idle / Alan Price, Neil Innes
  • 05/14/77: Shelley Duvall / Joan Armatrading
  • 05/21/77: Buck Henry / Jennifer Warnes, Kenny Vance
  • Summary   “NBC’s Saturday Night” beats the competition – namely, ABC’s “Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell”. Cosell’s comedy/variety show was cancelled by ABC, enabling NBC to retain the name for their comedy variety show. The show was shortened to just “Saturday Night” at the beginning of its sophomore season, but finally became “Saturday Night Live” towards the end of the season. They also gained custody of Bill Murray from Cosell’s show, a much-needed performer after “Weekend Update” anchorman Chevy Chase left the show to pursue a girl (and possibly a movie career) in California.

       One trivia note: a young, white-haired arrow-through-his-head comedian named Steve Martin made his hosting debut on this season’s fifth episode, catapulting him to stardom, guest-hosting stints on “The Tonight Show” and endless, corny movies. But, despite popular belief, he was never an actual cast member.

       Perhaps the biggest event of the season (literally, as part of NBC’s “Big Event” Sunday) occurred in the form of “SNL”‘s first prime-time special, performed live from New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Although the mobile broadcast was a disaster of epic proportions, it would not be the last time that “SNL” was broadcast outside of its Saturday night timeslot (thankfully, from its own studio where the unexpected could be better controlled).

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    Author: Don Roy King

    Don Roy King is directing his fourteenth season of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him nine Emmys and thirteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for thirteen DGA Awards and won in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Mr. King is also the creative director of Broadway Worldwide which brings theatrical events to theaters. The company has produced Smokey Joe’s Café; Putting It Together with Carol Burnett; Jekyll & Hyde; and Memphis, all directed by Mr. King. He completed the screen capture of Broadway's Romeo & Juliet in 2013. - LinkedIn

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