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Saturday Night Live Season 1 Episodes

24 Episodes 1975 - 1976

Imbued by a strong counterculture sentiment, the first season of the late-night comedy series is raw, raucous and laugh-out-loud funny thanks to the talents of the original---and some might argue, the best---cast\, which includes Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner and Jane Curtin. It also features satiric short films from Albert Brooks, a few off-the-wall spots from Andy Kaufman and segments starring an adult-oriented group of Muppets. Among the inaugural season's popular bits: Chase's impersonation of President Gerald Ford, whom he envisions as both a bumbler and a fool, and "Weekend Update" ("Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead"); Aykroyd's demented "Bass-o-matic" commercial; Belushi's spastic homage to rock star Joe Cocker; and producer-creator Lorne Michaels' offer to pay the Beatles $3000 to reunite on the show. Of course, plenty of humor also comes from the guest hosts. George Carlin sets a high standard when he chaperones the show's debut, but the hosts who follow him more than hold their own, including Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin and Kris Kristofferson. Candice Bergen, Elliott Gould and Buck Henry host two episodes apiece. Even Ron Nessen, Ford's press secretary, fares better than expected, most notably in a sketch with Chase that mercilessly lampoons his boss. The season's musical guests are also top drawer, including Abba, the Stylistics, Patti Smith and Paul Simon, who hosts a music-heavy episode that features a reunion with him and old friend Art Garfunkel.

Episode 1

George Carlin; Janis Ian; Billy Preston

Sat, Oct 11, 1975 90 mins

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."

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Episode 2

Paul Simon

Sat, Oct 18, 1975 90 mins

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).

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Episode 3

Rob Reiner; John Belushi

Sat, Oct 25, 1975 90 mins

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.

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Episode 4

Candice Bergen; Esther Phillips

Sat, Nov 8, 1975 90 mins

Candice Bergen; singer Esther Phillips ("What a Difference a Day Makes"); and Andy Kaufman.

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Episode 5

Robert Klein; Loudon Wainwright III

Sat, Nov 15, 1975 90 mins

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.

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Episode 6

Lily Tomlin

Sat, Nov 22, 1975 90 mins

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

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Episode 7

Richard Pryor; Gil Scott-Heron

Sat, Dec 13, 1975 90 mins

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

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Episode 8

Candice Bergen; Martha Reeves; the Stylistics

Sat, Dec 20, 1975 90 mins

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."

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Episode 9

Elliott Gould; Anne Murray

Sat, Jan 10, 1976 90 mins

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.

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Episode 10

Buck Henry; Bill Withers; Toni Basil

Sat, Jan 17, 1976 90 mins

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.

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Episode 11

Peter Cook; Dudley Moore; Neil Sedaka

Sat, Jan 24, 1976 90 mins

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.

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Episode 12

Dick Cavett; Jimmy Cliff

Sat, Jan 31, 1976 90 mins

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).

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Episode 13

Peter Boyle; Al Jarreau

Sat, Feb 14, 1976 62 mins

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

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Episode 14

Desi Arnaz

Sat, Feb 21, 1976 90 mins

Desi Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. Included is an "I Love Lucy" spoof with Gilda Radner as Lucy.

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Episode 15

Jill Clayburgh; Leon Redbone

Sat, Feb 28, 1976 66 mins

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

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Episode 16

Anthony Perkins; Betty Carter

Sat, Mar 13, 1976 90 mins

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

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Episode 17

Ron Nessen; Patti Smith

Sat, Apr 17, 1976 90 mins

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

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Episode 18

Raquel Welch; Phoebe Snow; John Sebastian

Sat, Apr 24, 1976 90 mins

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).

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Episode 19

Madeline Kahn; Carly Simon

Sat, May 8, 1976 90 mins

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).

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Episode 20

Dyan Cannon / Leon & Mary Russell

Sat, May 15, 1976 66 mins

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Episode 21

Buck Henry; Gordon Lightfoot

Sat, May 22, 1976 90 mins

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).

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Episode 22

Elliott Gould; Leon Redbone

Sat, May 29, 1976 90 mins

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

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Episode 23

Louise Lasser; the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Sat, Jul 24, 1976 90 mins

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.

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Episode 24

Kris Kristofferson

Sat, Jul 31, 1976 90 mins

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.

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