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Saturday Night Live Season 1 episodes

Kris Kristofferson Season 1, Episode 24

Host Kris Kristofferson performs “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” Also: “Samurai Doctor”; Jane Curtain's blind date with her gynecologist; and Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd as Los Angeles cops. read more

Louise Lasser; the Preservation Hall Jazz Band Season 1, Episode 23

Louise Lasser hosts; the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs. Skits include a Swedish movie; two teens talking about sex as they raid the fridge; and John Belushi encouraging viewers to buy his clothes. read more

Elliott Gould; Leon Redbone Season 1, Episode 22

Elliott Gould hosts; Leon Redbone performs “Shine On Harvest Moon.” Sketches include the last mission of the Starship Enterprise. read more

Buck Henry; Gordon Lightfoot Season 1, Episode 21

Buck Henry hosts; Gordon Lightfoot performs “Summertime Dream.” Henry plays a controversial phone-in show host and visits the Samurai Tailor for a tuxedo fitting; Baba Wawa interviews Lina Wertmuller (Laraine Newman). read more

Dyan Cannon; Leon and Mary Russell Season 1, Episode 20

Dyan Cannon hosts; Leon and Mary Russell perform. Also: Cannon's bathwater is offered for sale; Anita Bryant (Jane Curtin) promotes orange juice in Beirut; and Chevy Chase hiccups through a funeral. read more

Madeline Kahn; Carly Simon Season 1, Episode 19

Madeline Kahn hosts; Carly Simon performs (“You're So Vain”). Kahn plays Marlene Dietrich appearing on “Not for Women Only” with Baba Wawa (Gilda Radner). read more

Raquel Welch; Phoebe Snow; John Sebastian Season 1, Episode 18

Host: Raquel Welch. Music by Phoebe Snow (“All Over”) and John Sebastian (“Welcome Back”). Skits include Howard Hughes (Dan Aykroyd) inventing an aeronautical device for Jane Russell (Welch). read more

Ron Nessen; Patti Smith Season 1, Episode 17

Former White House press secretary Ron Nessen hosts; singer Patti Smith performs. Also: an appearance by actor-comedian Billy Crystal. read more

Anthony Perkins; Betty Carter Season 1, Episode 16

Anthony Perkins hosts; Betty Carter sings “Music, Maestro, Please.” Included: Perkins appears in a “Psycho” spoof and plays a singing psychiatrist. read more

Jill Clayburgh; Leon Redbone Season 1, Episode 15

Jill Clayburgh hosts; Leon Redbone performs “Ain't Misbehavin' ” and “Big Time Woman.” Also: an appearance by Andy Kaufman. read more

Desi Arnaz Season 1, Episode 14

Desi Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. Included is an “I Love Lucy” spoof with Gilda Radner as Lucy. read more

Peter Boyle; Al Jarreau Season 1, Episode 13

Peter Boyle hosts; Al Jarreau performs “We Got By.” Sketches include “Dueling Brandos”; “Samurai Divorce Court”; and tag-team Killer Bees. read more

Dick Cavett; Jimmy Cliff Season 1, Episode 12

Dick Cavett hosts; Jimmy Cliff performs. Skits include an editorial by Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) on the “eagle-rights amendment”; and an interview with a Nebraskan pimp (Cavett). read more

Peter Cook; Dudley Moore; Neil Sedaka Season 1, Episode 11

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore host; Neil Sedaka performs “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.” Included: convicts audition for a production of “Gigi”; a one-legged man (Moore) tries out for the part of Tarzan; Emily Litella comments on “Soviet jewelry”; and Jane Curatin interviews the first male impersonator. read more

Buck Henry; Bill Withers; Toni Basil Season 1, Episode 10

Buck Henry hosts; Bill Withers performs “Ain't No Sunshine.” Sketches include “Samurai Deli”; a press conference by Gerald Ford (Chevy Chase); and Dan Aykroyd as Citizen Kane. read more

Candice Bergen; Martha Reeves; the Stylistics Season 1, Episode 8

Candice Bergen hosts; Martha Reeves sings “Silver Bells.” Also: the Not Ready for Prime Time Players perform “Winter Wonderland”; Emily Litella delivers an editorial on “Firing the Handicapped.” read more

Richard Pryor; Gil Scott-Heron Season 1, Episode 7

Richard Pryor plays a priest in a a sendup of “The Exorcist.” Also: “Samurai Hotel”; and an original essay read by Emily Litella. read more

Rob Reiner; John Belushi Season 1, Episode 3

Rob Reiner; Penny Marshall; the Lockers dance group; and the Nuns comic duo. Joe Cocker (John Belushi) sings “With a Little Help from My Friends”; Jane Curtain interviews would-be assassin Squeaky Fromme (Laraine Newman); the cast performs a violent square dance. read more

Lily Tomlin Season 1, Episode 6

Host Lily Tomlin appears in a “Jaws” spoof and performs “I Got You, Babe” and “St. James Infirmary”; John Belushi appears as Beethoven. read more

Paul Simon Season 1, Episode 2

Paul Simon; Art Garfunkel; Phoebe Snow; Billy Preston; and NBA star Connie Hawkins. Songs include “Scarborough Fair” and “The Boxer” (Simon and Garfunkel); “Still Crazy After All These Years” (Simon). read more

Robert Klein; Loudon Wainwright III Season 1, Episode 5

Robert Klein; Loudon Wainwright III; Albert Brooks. Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) discusses her book “The Tiny Kingdom”; Sam Peckinpah (John Belushi) directs a romantic comedy. read more

Candice Bergen; Esther Phillips Season 1, Episode 4

Candice Bergen; singer Esther Phillips (“What a Difference a Day Makes”); and Andy Kaufman. read more

George Carlin; Janis Ian; Billy Preston Season 1, Episode 1

The October 1975 premiere, with host George Carlin, Andy Kaufman, and music guests Janis Ian and Billy Preston. Included: Killer Bees maternity ward; Kaufman sings “Mighty Mouse.” Music includes “At Seventeen” and “Nothing from Nothing.” read more

Elliott Gould; Anne Murray Season 1, Episode 9

Elliott Gould hosts; Anne Murray performs “The Crawl” and “Blue Finger Lou”. Sketches include a dessert topping that shines floors; the Godfather (John Belushi) joining a therapy group; and Lorne Michaels firing the director to pacify the Killer Bees. read more

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Premiered: October 11, 1975, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Landmark, Emmy-winning satire from an ever-changing company of 'Not Ready for Prime Time Players' who rode the variety show to fame, including (to name just a few of its celebrated grads) Eddie Murphy, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Al Franken and Mike Myers. From its debut, with Andy Kaufman's memorably bizarre rendition of the 'Mighty Mouse' theme, through John Belushi's Samurai and Gilda Radner's Roseanne Roseannadanna, 'SNL' forever changed the landscape of TV comedy.

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