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Saturday night live. The complete first season, 1975-1976

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Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner.

Publication Information

[Universal City, CA] : Universal Studios Inc., [2020]

Physical Description

8 videodiscs (approximately 1627 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


Not rated.


Nicknamed the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players," the original cast of Saturday Night Live ignited a comedy revolution with their mix of irreverent characters and satirical impressions of political figures and pop culture icons. From the premiere of this groundbreaking sketch comedy show on October 11, 1975--live from historic Studio 8H in New York City's Rockefeller Center--Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Chevy Chase, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner launched themselves into instant stardom. Created by Lorne Michaels over four decades ago, few other shows have had the cultural impact and relevance of Saturday Night Live.


Originally broadcast as individual episodes on NBC during the 1975-1976 television season.

Special features: Original screen tests ; 1975 interview with the cast.


  • Disc 1: George Carlin, host; Billy Preston & Janis Ian, musical guests (October 11, 1975) ; Paul Simon, host; Simon & Garfunkel, Phoebe Snow, Randy Newman & The Jessy Dixon Singers, musical guests (October 18, 1975) ; Rob Reiner, host; Joe Cocker with John Belushi, musical guests (October 25, 1975). Disc 2: Candice Bergen, host; Esther Phillips, musical guest (November 8, 1975) ; Robert Klein, host; ABBA, Loudon Wainwright III, musical guests (November 15, 1975) ; Lily Tomlin, host; Howard Shore's all-nurse band, musical guest (November 22, 1975) ; Disc 3: Richard Pryor, host; Gil Scott Heron, musical guest (December 13, 1975) ; Candice Bergen, host; Martha Reeves & The Stylistics, musical guests (December 20, 1975) ; Elliott Gould, host; Anne Murray, musical guest (January 10, 1976). Disc 4: Buck Henry, host; Bill Withers & Toni Basil, musical guests (January 17, 1976) ; Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, hosts; Neil Sedaka, musical guest (January 24, 1976) ; Dick Cavett, host; Jimmy Cliff, musical guest (January 31, 1976). Disc 5: Peter Boyle, host; Al Jarreau, musical guest (February 14, 1976) ; Desi Arnaz, host and musical guest (February 21, 1976) ; Jill Clayburgh, host; Leon Redbone, musical guest (February 28, 1976). Disc 6: Anthony Perkins, host; Betty Carter, musical guest (March 13, 1976) ; Ron Nessen, host; Patti Smith Group, musical guest (April 17, 1976) ; Raquel Welch, host; Phoebe Snow & John Sebastian, musical guests (April 24, 1976). Disc 7: Madeline Kahn, host; Carly Simon, musical guest (May 8, 1976) ; Dyan Cannon, host; Leon & Mary Russell, musical guests (May 15, 1976) ; Buck Henry, host; Gordon Lightfoot, musical guest (May 22, 1976). Disc 8: Elliott Gould, host; Leon Redbone, Harlan Collins & Joyce Everson, musical guests (May 29, 1976) ; Louise Lasser, host; Preservation Hall Jazz Band, musical guest (July 24, 1976) ; Kris Kristofferson, host; Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge, musical guests (July 31, 1976).

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