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Following the departure of the show's original cast and creator after five seasons, SNL in the '80s is a look back at a decade of turbulent, often uncertain times that included the hiring and firing of several casts, numerous writers, producers and ultimately the revitalization of the show with the return of executive producer Lorne Michaels. Documentary filmmaker Kenneth Bowser juxtaposes '80s musical acts from the show to illustrate the mood of the times with interviews and stories from SNL alumni Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Belushi, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Al Franken, Kevin Nealon, Nora Dunn, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Robert Smigel, and Conan O'Brien to give you a first-hand look at the highs and lows that occurred behind the scenes. SNL in the '80s also features rare performances by artists James Brown, Queen, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bonnie Raitt, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Harry Connick, Jr., Don Henley and The Kinks as well as interviews and footage that have never been seen before!
"Saturday Night Live" was about to suffer what was an almost inevitable demise after the brief and disastrous season between 1980 and 1981. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kofitaurus
Another in depth behind the scenes look at SNL during the 1980s. Just as SNL the first five years gave the history of the birth and early years of the show. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patrick Small
This is a well put together documentary that covers the 1980s pretty comprehensively. There are interviews with most of the major players: Lorne Michaels, Dick Ebersol, Dana... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Scooty
It was just a bunch of interviews of former cast members and writers. Very "who cares" material.Published 7 months ago by Mark S Peterson