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Saturday Night Live Season 2 episodes

Buck Henry; Jennifer Warnes Season 2, Episode 23

Buck Henry hosts; Jennifer Warnes performs “Right Time of the Night.” read more

Shelley Duvall; Joan Armatrading Season 2, Episode 22

Shelley Duvall hosts; Joan Armatrading performs “Love and Affection.” read more

Eric Idle; Alan Price Season 2, Episode 21

Eric Idle hosts; Alan Price is the music guest. Comedy: a song about union-label marijuana; a Queen Elizabeth telethon. read more

Elliott Gould; Kate and Anna McGarrigle Season 2, Episode 20

Elliott Gould hosts; Kate and Anna McGarrigle perform (“Kiss and Say Goodbye”). read more

Julian Bond; Tom Waits Season 2, Episode 19

Julian Bond hosts; Tom Waits performs “Eggs & Sausage.” Included: Bond debates Garrett Morris and critiques “Bad Cinema.” read more

Jack Burns; Santana Season 2, Episode 18

Jack Burns hosts; Santana performs “Black Magic Woman.” read more

Broderick Crawford; Dr. John Season 2, Episode 17

Broderick Crawford hosts; Dr. John performs “Sing, Sing, Sing.” Crawford appears in a “Highway Patrol” spoof and as J. Edgar Hoover confronting Richard Nixon (Dan Aykroyd). read more

Sissy Spacek; Richard Baskin Season 2, Episode 16

Sissy Spacek hosts; Richard Baskin is the music guest. Skits include a President Carter phone-in show; and an editorial by Emily Litella (Gilda Radner). read more

Steve Martin; the Kinks Season 2, Episode 15

Steve Martin hosts; the Kinks perform “Lola.” Also: an appearance by Lily Tomlin; Martin as an IRS agent auditing the Coneheads. read more

Mardi Gras Special; Randy Newman Season 2, Episode 14

The show's first prime-time special, aired from Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Jane Curtin and guest Buck Henry report on the Bacchus parade, while BaBa Wawa (Gilda Radner) interviews Bacchus king Henry Winkler. Also: Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams report on festivities at the Apollo Ball, and music guest Randy Newman performs "Kingfish" and "Sail Away." read more

Fran Tarkenton; Leo Sayer Season 2, Episode 13

Fran Tarkenton hosts; Leo Sayer is the music guest. Comedy includes a Swiss-army gun demonstration. read more

Ruth Gordon; Chuck Berry Season 2, Episode 12

Ruth Gordon hosts; Chuck Berry performs “Johnny B. Goode.” Also: Dan Aykroyd as Tom Snyder; Laraine Newman as Barbra Streisand. read more

Ralph Nader; George Benson Season 2, Episode 11

Ralph Nader hosts; George Benson performs “The Masquerade Is Over.” Also: an appearance by comedian Andy Kaufman; and sketches on the Coneheads' family history and the first televised execution. read more

Candice Bergen; Frank Zappa Season 2, Episode 10

Candice Bergen hosts; Frank Zappa performs “Lagoon” and “Peaches.” Skits include John Belushi as Santa Claus. read more

Jodie Foster; Brian Wilson Season 2, Episode 9

Jodie Foster hosts; Brian Wilson is the music guest. Skits include the adventures of the Peter Pan Bees and a commercial for Puberty Helper. read more

Paul Simon; George Harrison Season 2, Episode 8

Host Paul Simon sings “Still Crazy After All These Years” in a turkey suit and joins guest George Harrison for “Here Comes the Sun.” Also: a parody of “The Twilight Zone.” read more

Dick Cavett; Ry Cooder Season 2, Episode 7

Host Dick Cavett; music guest Ry Cooder (“He'll Have to Go,” “Tattler”); and comedy team Franken and Davis. read more

Buck Henry; the Band Season 2, Episode 6

Buck Henry hosts; the Band performs “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “Life Is a Carnival.” Skits include “Samurai Stockbroker”; a Baba Wawa interview; and a spoof of “The Omen,” with John Belushi as Damien. read more

Steve Martin Season 2, Episode 5

Steve Martin hosts. Skits include “Jeopardy 1999”; and a beatnik who auditions at a coffeehouse. read more

Karen Black; John Prine Season 2, Episode 4

Karen Black hosts; John Prine performs “Hello in There.” Skits include a Baba Wawa interview and a presidential debate between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter (Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd). read more

Eric Idle; Joe Cocker Season 2, Episode 3

Eric Idle hosts; Joe Cocker performs “Feelin' Alright” in a duet with John Belushi. Also: the Killer Bees want swine-flu vaccinations. read more

Norman Lear; Boz Scaggs Season 2, Episode 2

Norman Lear hosts; Boz Scaggs performs “What Can I Say.” Comedy includes Dan Aykroyd as Jimmy Carter; John Belushi as Henry Kissinger; and Lear considering the creation of a TV series about a family of snake handlers. read more

Lily Tomlin; James Taylor Season 2, Episode 1

Lily Tomlin hosts; James Taylor performs “Shower the People.” Skits include a Ford-Carter debate; and Tomlin (as Ernestine) advertising Ma Bell. read more

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Premiered: October 11, 1975, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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