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The set is a very entertaining look at a significant point in TV and American cultural history. It is so 1975, but that's a major part of its appeal: did Chevy Chase really used to look that young? Did a young George Carlin really used to look so old? Check out Abba in those disco jumpsuits. And if you're a fan of The Muppets, seeing them here on late-night TV making jokes about getting drunk will blow your mind. Younger fans may not fully understand just how groundbreaking this show was at the time. For example, Richard Pryor hosting the seventh episode, which includes the famous "Word Association" sketch. Back then, to have a comedian of Pryor's reputation joking about drugs, sex, and race on live TV was a tremendous risk (it's also gratifying to see the obvious effect he had on the next generation of comics like Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock), and it helped established the show's cache as unpredictable and edgy. The DVD set is full of moments like this and, like the show itself, it has its ups and downs. Watching hosts like Rob Reiner (back when he was still in his "Meathead" days from All in the Family), Madeleine Kahn, and Desi Arnaz work their comedy chops with the cast are high points. Whereas the infamous Louise Lasser episode, which is known for being among the worst episodes in the show's history not so much. Still, it's entirely to Executive Producer Lorne Michaels's credit that it's included here. It's a tremendous collection of everything that gave birth to Saturday Night Live, and the seed of what SNL would become, spawning many movies (not to mention a few catch-phrases), launching the careers of many great comedians, and providing TV viewers with some of the most famous, and infamous, moments in broadcast history. And it all started right here.
The set is packaged in a well-designed, sleek fold-out digi-pack with every episode listed on the sleeves, with hosts, musical guests, and the original air date. The special features include a rare look at the cast members' original screen tests, and a 1975 TV interview with the cast. --Daniel Vancini
Some of the episodes were slow & boring -- makes one question how the show has lasted 40 years -- thank goodness it picked up!Published 18 days ago by YoOH
I bought this as part of my sister's 40th birthday present. This was the #1 TV show when she was born and I remember it well. The first season was the best season ever!Published 23 days ago by Nora Wirick
Bought this as a gift for my dad. He had recorded the very first episode on his DVR and it got erased. He was so thrilled to get this on DVD!Published 27 days ago by Andrea Williamson
Why do they even list musical guests in show description when musical guests are edited out of show because NBC doesn't own the rights or pay the fee to use the music. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AKA Conroy
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|where is the booklet?||
The booklet was only available until supplies ran out. It's easy to see it before purchasing next to the digipack in the slipcase. You might still be able to find a copy in stores and exchange yours.
Jul 9, 2009 by gswithen | See all 2 posts
|Louise Lasser Episode||
After her closing monologue, I looked her up for more info (I'm a traditional college student, so I wasn't born until about a decade after this show aired). It seems that Louise was rather picky about this show: she insisted some film be aired and also refused to appear with any cast member but... Read More
Jul 21, 2007 by L. P. Trojanowski | See all 5 posts
|Anyone else think the video quality is bad?||
You know, that was 1975, it was a new show, and video in those days was not DVD quality, in fact they didn't even have beta yet, I remember watching the original show on tv, and I thought it looked "ghostly" then. plus i'm sure it had to be transferred from some old format to dvd.
Apr 23, 2007 by R. S. Lawrence | See all 3 posts
|If anyone from Universal is reading this. . .||
I am longing for Episode 5:12 -- Kirk Douglas was the guest host. How long will I have to wait? Why did they do all those "Best of" sets before doing the logical thing and releasing the shows as they were?
May 9, 2007 by Swithin | See all 4 posts
The Mr. Bill shorts started out from that home movie that was sent in by a viewer. The popularity of the original short initiated a long-term contract to produce more Mr. Bill movies. Wait til you see future seasons; almost all of the Mr. Bill films are "home movie" quality. Funnier... Read More
Aug 31, 2007 by S. Wetzel | See all 3 posts
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