Saturday Night Live: 1978-1979

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  Season 4: 1978-1979

The Complete Fourth Season on DVD


  • Dan Aykroyd
  • John Belushi
  • Jane Curtin
  • Garrett Morris
  • Bill Murray
  • Laraine Newman
  • Gilda Radner
  • Episodes

  • 10/07/78: The Rolling Stones
  • 10/14/78: Fred Willard / Devo
  • 10/21/78: Frank Zappa
  • 11/04/78: Steve Martin / Van Morrison
  • 11/11/78: Buck Henry / The Grateful Dead
  • 11/18/78: Carrie Fisher / The Blues Brothers
  • 12/02/78: Walter Matthau / (none)
  • 12/09/78: Eric Idle / Kate Bush
  • 12/16/78: Elliott Gould / Peter Tosh
  • 01/27/79: Michael Palin / The Doobie Brothers
  • 02/10/79: Cicely Tyson / Talking Heads
  • 02/17/79: Rick Nelson / Judy Collins
  • 02/24/79: Kate Jackson / Delbert McClinton
  • 03/10/79: Gary Busey / Eubie Blake & Gregory Hines
  • 03/17/79: Margot Kidder / The Chieftains
  • 04/07/79: Richard Benjamin / Rickie Lee Jones
  • 04/14/79: Milton Berle / Ornette Coleman
  • 05/12/79: Michael Palin / James Taylor
  • 05/19/79: Maureen Stapleton / Linda Ronstadt & Phoebe Snow
  • 05/26/79: Buck Henry / Bette Midler
  • Summary   Here’s a season that decided to go over the top and push the boundaries of good taste as much as possible. In one season alone, the writers and performers of “Saturday Night Live” made fun of child molesting, people with big butts, a bleeding Julia Child, nuclear meltdowns, and the pondering of Superman as a Nazi.

       On the lighter side, making his debut this season is “SNL” writer DonNovello’s alter ego: Vatican reporter Father Guido Sarducci, who frequents the “Weekend Update” set with humorous anecdotes about news on the religious front. Whether it be his thoughts on the Papal Election, or an analysis of the bill for the Last Supper, Father Sarducci always manages to get the audience to laugh at religion. Not to mention, providing yet another opportunity for critics to hate the show.

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    October 7th, 1978

    The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones


    Howard Shore

    Cheryl Hardwick

    Ed Koch

    Carrie Fisher

    Don Novello

    Anne Beatts

    Rosie Shuster

    Brian Doyle-Murray

    Mitchell Laurance

    Tom Davis
    Howard Shore and his SoundsSummary: Garrett Morris, girl singers (Laraine Newman, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner), and Howard Shore and his Sounds perform the song “I Love You”, about the NBC chimes.



    Mayor Koch Honors John BelushiSummary: Mayor Ed Koch honors “Animal House” star John Belushi with a City of New York Certificate of Merit.


    AutoscentSummary: Joan (Jane Curtin) invites Pat (Gilda Radner) to sniff her new internal combustion deodorizer.


    TomorrowSummary: Tom Snyder (Dan Aykroyd) interviews Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger and tries to mimick his performance style.

    Recurring Characters: Tom Snyder.


    The Nerds and The NorgeSummary: As Todd (Bill Murray) vies to become the new Chess Club President, Lisa (Gilda Radner) and Mrs. Loopner (Joan Curtin) hire a low-pants wearing repairman (Dan Aykroyd) to salvage their old Norge.

    Recurring Characters: Lisa Loopner, Todd DiLaMuca, Mrs. Loopner.


    Olympia CafeSummary: Pete’s (John Belushi) journey to Greece to collect an inheritance is a bust, and the sight of a revamped cafe in his absence further outrages his broken soul.

    Recurring Characters: Pete Dionasopolis, George Dionasopolis, Sandy Dionasopolis, Niko Dionasopolis, Mike Dionasopolis.


    Weekend Update with Jane Curtin & Bill MurraySummary: Bill Murray takes Jane Curtin’s side during a Point-Counterpoint debate on the ERA ratification. Roseanne Roseannadanna’s commentary on Studio 54 meanders into her disgust over a blister on Mr. Halston’s foot.

    Recurring Characters: Roseanne Roseannadanna.


    The Rolling Stones perform “Beast of Burdon”, “Respectable”, “Shattered”

    Sushi By The Pool

    Reuniting The BeatlesRecurring Characters: President Jimmy Carter, John Lennon, Paul McCartney.


    Network Battle of the T’s & A’sTranscript

    Danger ProbeRecurring Characters: Dave Mable.


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