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5.0 out of 5 stars "There's a thin line between comedy and humor"--Gags Beasley (Jack Burns)
I've been looking forward to this release as it includes the guest hosting performance of my favorite Jack Burns! It is terrific that they are finally getting full seasons out of SNL instead of compilation best of sets so that those, like myself, who want an episode featuring a legend (or perhaps a forgotten personality) from the past can get it in awesome DVD quality...
Published on November 3, 2007 by mwreview

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not originally as aired!
Well they decided once again to cut the bumper photography with the exception of one per episode...while at the same time giving a collectible booklet of rare photos. As if this weren't idiotic enough, they also once again gave us more of the looped audience applause...obviously not the way each episode aired in its original form.

A select few of the episodes...
Published on December 9, 2007 by A Fan


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155 of 160 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "There's a thin line between comedy and humor"--Gags Beasley (Jack Burns), November 3, 2007
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This review is from: Saturday Night Live: Season 2, 1976-1977 (DVD)
I've been looking forward to this release as it includes the guest hosting performance of my favorite Jack Burns! It is terrific that they are finally getting full seasons out of SNL instead of compilation best of sets so that those, like myself, who want an episode featuring a legend (or perhaps a forgotten personality) from the past can get it in awesome DVD quality instead of settling for grainy unofficial recordings. There are lots of legends from the '70s guest hosting in this season including Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton. Revisit or perhaps see for the first time the SNL days with Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Laraine Newton, Dan Aykroyd etc. For a sneak peek at the best SNL episode ever (that just so happens to be on this season set), check out my webpage "Jack Burns Hosts Saturday Night Live."

Here's what's on this season:
1. Lily Tomlin/James Taylor (First aired: 9/18/1976)
Sketches include "Lily Won't Rehearse," "Debate '76," "The Muppet Morgue," "The Phone Company," "Women In Literature," "Tess DiSenzo," "Judith Beasley," "Television Viewer" (film), and "The Antler Dance." James Taylor performed "Shower the People," "Roadrunner," and "Sweet Baby James."
2. Norman Lear/Boz Scaggs First aired: 9/25/1976
Sketches include "Gilda's Fall," "Norman Fell's Actors" (film), "Jimmy Carter's Libido," "The Snakehandling O'Sheas," "Chevy's Girls," "Joseph Franklin's Metric Week," "Yankee Doodle Slapstick" (film) "Abusive Divorce Lawyer," "Rhodesian Peace Talks," "Norman's Joke," and "Spanish Peanuts" (film). Boz Skaggs performed "Lowdown" and "What Can I Say."
3. Eric Idle/Joe Cocker and Stuff (First aired: 10/2/1976)
Sketches include "Hospitalized Chevy Confronts An Impostor," "Designer Babies," "KLOG Deejay," "The Killer Bees," "Cufflinks of the Gods," "Drag is Not Funny," "Dragnet," "Drag Racing Today," "Jacques Cousteau," and "Ken Norton is Better Than Muhammad Ali." Joe Cocker and John Belushi perform "Feelin' Alright."
4. Karen Black/John Prine (First aired: 10/16/1976)
Sketches include "Chevy Returns," "Baba Wawa at Large," "Debate '76," "Triple-Trac," "A*M*I*S*H," "Cancer-Free Cupcakes," "Love, Russian Style," "Nightclub Owner" (film), "The Lunch Counter Reunion," "Mr. Bill's Stunt" (film), and "Ode to American Coinage." John Prine performed "Hello In There," "The Bottomless Lake," and "Ten Cents a Dance."
5. Steve Martin/Kinky Friedman (First aired: 10/23/1976)
Sketches include "Yankees Lose," "Speak Out For Milk," "Jeopardy 1999!," "Fido-Flex," "Beatnik Bar," "Looks At Books," "Autumn in New York" (film), "Ted Baxter Kills Mary Richards," "Mysteries In Medicine," and two monologues by Steve Martin. Kinky Friedman performed "Dear Abby."

6. Buck Henry/The Band (First aired: 10/30/1976)
Sketches include "Trick or Treating Land Shark," "Not For First Ladies Only," "Samurai Stockbroker," "Garrett Morris' Roots," "Debate '76," "Super Bat-O-Matic 77," "The OintMENt," "Mr. Mike's Least Loved Bedtime Tales," "Buck's Halloween Costume" (film), and "Houdini's Ghost." The Band performed "Life is a Carnival," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Stage Fright," and "Georgia on My Mind."
7. Dick Cavett/Ry Cooder (First aired: 11/13/1976)
Sketches include "Chroma-Trak Girl," "Puppy Uppers and Doggie Downers," "Nixon's Watergate Frame-up," "The Marines," "Crossroads," "Grandparent Bees," "Mr. Mike's Least Loved Bedtime Tales: 'The Blind Chicken'," "Mobile Shrink," "How Things Work," "Paramount Novelty Store" (film) and "Franken & Davis' Funny Word Survey." Ry Cooder performed "Tattler" and "He'll Have To Go."
8. Paul Simon/George Harrison (First aired: 11/20/1976)
Sketches include "Paul's Monologue Worries," "Quarry," "Baba Wawa At Large," "The Twilite Zone," "Crackerbox Palace" (film), "The Story of Billy Paul," "Tomorrow with Tom Snyder," and "This Song" (film). Paul Simon performed "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Here Comes The Sun" and "Homeward Bound" (with George Harrison), "Something So Right" and "Bridge Over Troubled Waters."
9. Jodie Foster/Brian Wilson (First aired: 11/27/1976)
Sketches include "Phasing Out Gilda," "Pilson's Feedbag Dinners," "Bee Peter Pan," "Puberty Helper," "Metal Detector," "What Kinda Guy Watches Saturday Night?," "Laraine's Little Known Talent," "Don Pardo: The First 50 Years," "Jodie's Teacher," "Kids' Dreams" (film), "The King Kong Dirge," "I'm Not Black," and "Mr. Mike's Least-Loved Bedtime Tales: The Little Train That Died." Brian Wilson performed "Back Home," "Love is a Woman," and "Good Vibrations."
10. Candice Bergen/Frank Zappa (First aired: 12/11/1976)
Sketches include "Patty Hearst At Home," "Jimmy Carter Can't Keep His Promises," "Santi-Wrap," "Consumer Probe," "The Right to Extreme Stupidity League," "FX-70 Cheese Slicer," "The Killer Trees," "Adopt John Belushi For Christmas," and "Let's Kill Gary Gilmore For Christmas." Frank Zappa performed "I'm The Slime" (featuring Don Pardo), "Lagoon" (featuring Samurai Futaba), and "Peaches & Regalia."

11. Ralph Nader/George Benson (First aired: 1/15/1977)
Sketches include "Ralph Cuts Loose," "Badmouthing Grandfather," "Dress Rehearsal for Execution," "Carter's Confederate Takeover," a performance by Andy Kaufman, "Baba Wawa Talks to Herself," "The Coneheads at Home," "Youth Asks The Questions," "Garbage" (film), "Testing Inflatable Dolls," and "Ambassador Training Institute." George Benson performed "Masquerade" and "Gonna Love You More."
12. Ruth Gordon/Chuck Berry (First aired: 1/22/1977)
Sketches include "Belushi's Too Sick," "Barbra Streisand," "Emily Litella's Sister," "Tomorrow with Tom Snyder," "Little Old Ladies of The Night," "Babysitter Sex Expert," "E. Buzz Miller," "Crazy Frank Commercial," and "Mr. Mike's Least-Loved Bedtime Tales." Chuck Berry performed "Johnny B. Goode" and "Marie & Carol."

Special. Live from the Mardi Gras (First aired: 2/20/1977)
Live from the Mardi Gras, it's Saturday Night on Sunday! The cast of SNL participate in the annual festivities in New Orleans. Jane Curtin and Buck Henry (try to) provide commentary on the Bacchus parade, while Randy Newman performs four times. Penny Marshall appears with the Mystic Krewe of Apollo drag ball, and Eric Idle gets a cushy cameo reporting where nothing is happening.
Guest stars: Garrett Morris (Himself), John Belushi (Himself), Don Pardo (Announcer), Dave Wilson, Penny Marshall (Herself), Buck Henry (Himself), Eric Idle (Himself), Randy Newman (Himself) , Henry Winkler (Himself)

13. Fran Tarkenton/Leo Sayer (First aired: 1/29/1977)
Sketches include-- Locker Room Pep Talk, Swiss Army Gun, Amputated Football Player, Black Perspective, "Grand Stand", Rhonda Weiss, Community Appeal, Anabolic Steroids Cereal, Amy Carter and the Secret Service, The Hotel Room.
14. Steve Martin/The Kinks (First aired: 2/26/1977)
Sketches include-- Steve Martin's Ego Trip, Happy Feet, The Coneheads, Celebrity Weightlifting, Dr. Breadloaf Quickloss Diet Book, Pulling the Plug, Hollywood Bingo, Plenty in Common, Roots II
The Kinks performed "You Really Got Me Going," "All Day And All of the Night," "Well-Respected Man," "Lola" and "Sleepwalker."
15. Sissy Spacek/Richard Baskin (First aired: 3/12/1977)
Sketches include "Dave Wilson's Dead," "Burger Master," "Ask President Carter," "How Your Children Grow", "Belushi's Olympic Dream," "Baton Twirling" (film), Gidget's Disease," "Bad Playhouse," "White Trash Couple," and "Sissy's Performances" (film). Richard Baskin performed "Only I Love You" and "City of One-Night Stands."

16. Broderick Crawford/Dr. John, The Meters (First aired: 3/19/1977)
Sketches include-- "Goodbye Saccharine", Samurai Hit-Man, "Mel's Hide Heaven", Bill Murray--The New Guy, Lucy Ricardo's Nuke Job, "Highway Patrol", "Baba Wawa At Large", Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover.
17. Jack Burns/Santana (First aired: 3/26/1977)
Sketches include "Belushi Refuses to Say 'Live From New York'," "The Coneheads," "Marine Wedding," "The Untouchables," "The Story of The Squatters," "Ask Big Daddy," "Washed-Up Comedy Writer," "Suicidal Businessman," and "Old-Fashioned Pharmacist." Santana performed "Black Magic Woman" and "Europa."
18. Julian Bond/Brick (First aired: 4/9/1977)
Sketches include-- Emily Litella's New Love, Lowell Brock, Black Perspective, "Dr.X, Family Counselor", Right On Afro Lustre, Great Moments In Motown, Creeley's Soup, Bad Cinema, George Wallace, Julian and Andrew Young Talk With President Carter.
19. Elliott Gould/McGarrigle Sisters, Roslyn Kind (First aired: 4/16/1977)
Sketches include "Brezhnev Wants to Appear on Carson," "The Coneheads At Home," "You've Come A Long Way, Buddy," "Nick at Breezy Point Lodge," "United Face Bank," "Sports Fights" (film), "ATM Security Tests," "Natural Causes Restaurant," "Puppet Affair," and "Pilson's Feedbag Dinners." Kate & Anna McGarrigle perform "Kiss & Say Goodbye" and "Heart Like a Wheel"; Roslyn Kind performed "I'm Not Anyone."

20. Eric Idle/Neil Innes, Alan Price (First aired: 4/23/1977)
Sketches include "Potato Torture," "Save Great Britain Telethon," "The American Dope Growers Union," "The Nixon Interviews," "Body Language" (film), "Oxxon," "Sherry the Flight Attendant," "Plain Talk," "Heavy Wit Championship," "Bill Murray's Bad Childhood Memories," and "The Battle of Britain". Alan Price performed "Poor People" and "In Times Like These." Neil Innes performed "Cheese & Onions" (as Ron Nasty) and "Shangri-La."
21. Shelley Duvall/Joan Armatrading (First aired: 5/14/1977)
Sketches include "Bee Sketch is Pre-Empted," "Video Vixens," "Badly Disguised Bank Robber," "Viva Las Vegas II," "Baba Wawa At Large," "Feuding Couple," "Bad Ballet," "Night of The Moonies," and "Brides" (film). Joan Armatrading performed "Love & Affection" and "Down to Zero."
22. Buck Henry/Kenny Vance, Jennifer Warnes (First aired: 5/21/1977)
Sketches include "Carter's Energy Saving Message," "Samurai B.M.O.C," "The Shower Mike," "The Coneheads Return to Remulak," "Rhonda Weiss's Bridal Shower," "Alarm Clock" (film), "Charles Lindbergh," "How Your Children Grow," and "The Mormon Tabernacle Choir." Jennifer Warnes performed "Right Time of The Night"; Kenny Vance performed "The Performer"; Howard Shore & the SNL Band performed "Departure Lounge."
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Second Season!, September 10, 2007
This review is from: Saturday Night Live: Season 2, 1976-1977 (DVD)
Season 1 of Saturday Night Live had some memorable moments, but Season 2 had even more! Included are the first time comedy legend Steve Martin hosted the show, the first appearance of Bill Murray's famous 'Nick the Lounge Singer' character, the time that John Belushi did his Joe Cocker Impression alongside Joe Cocker himself, Lily Tomlin's hilarious commercial for 'The Phone Company', and much more! Here is a list of the episodes in order of their original airdates(Along with notes on the major cast changes):

1. Lily Tomlin/James Taylor
2. Norman Lear/Boz Scaggs
3. Eric Idle/Joe Cocker,Stuff
4. Karen Black/John Prine
5. Steve Martin/Kinky Friedman
6. Buck Henry/The Band (Chevy Chase's Last Episode To Be 'Weekend Update' Anchor)
7. Dick Cavett/Ry Cooder (Jane Curtin's First Episode To Be 'Weekend Update' Anchor)
8. Paul Simon
9. Jodie Foster/Brian Wilson (Chevy Chase's Last Episode)
10. Candice Bergen/Frank Zappa
11. Ralph Nader/George Benson (Bill Murray's First Episode)
12. Ruth Gordon/Chuck Berry
13. Frank Tarkenton/Leo Sayer,Donny Harper,& The Voices of Tomorrow
14. Steve Martin/The Kinks
15. Sissy Spacek/Richard Baskin
16. Broderick Crawford/The Meters,Dr. John,Levon Helm,Paul Butterfield
17. Jack Burns/Santana
18. Julian Bond/Tom Waits,Brick
19. Elliott Gould/The McGarrigle Sisters,Roslyn Kind
20. Eric Idle/Alan Price,Neil Innes
21. Shelley Duvall/Joan Armatrading
22. Buck Henry/Jennifer Warnes,Kenny Vance

Another possible episode to be featured on this set is the live special from Mardi Gras, but only time will tell if it will be included.

Bottom line, I am really looking forward to this set!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here Come The Coneheads!!!, December 6, 2007
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This review is from: Saturday Night Live: Season 2, 1976-1977 (DVD)
I am absolutely thrilled that we are getting another complete season of Saturday Night Live. This season is where the show really started to gell into the show that everyone remembers.

I've only watched the first 4 discs of this set, but so far it has been great. Even better than season one. This season marks the birth of the Coneheads. Jane Curtin takes over Weekend Update after Chevy Chase leaves the show. Lots of great moments.

The only thing that I find disapointing is the people that continue to complain about the long wait between seasons and the price of the sets. In case no one has bothered to address the issue, here it is in black and white. Music licensing issues. Come on folks. You complain that TV shows on DVD are constantly replacing or deleating music and when a company bends over backwards to make sure that each and every piece of music is inclued in the set, then you complain about the price. Sorry but in this case you can't have your cake and eat it too. The same goes for the so called 'long wait' between seasons. It takes a lot of time to negotiate those pesky music rights. I know, reality bites doesn't it? I, for one, don't mind the long wait. If this is what it takes for Universal to give me complete uncut seasons of this great show, then fine. I'll fork over the $50.00+ dollars for the set and wait patiently for the next season. End of rant.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete shows? So-So. No commercial bumpers in the set!, November 23, 2007
This review is from: Saturday Night Live: Season 2, 1976-1977 (DVD)
I've received the advanced copy on 11/19/2007 "for review purposes only" from Broadway Video. And I'm sorry to say that the commercial bumpers are NOT INCLUDED in the Second Season Box Set. I didn't look at all the shows in this set, but I can tell you that some of the shows are NOT complete. One good example would be......

The Karen Black episode doesn't have the LIVE "goodbye" close at the end. What BV did was recreated a credit close with stills from the show open.

However, the infamous Candice Bergen/Frank Zappa Christmas episode DOES HAVE the full, uncut skating rink goodnight in this set.

In all, minus a couple of edited episodes and commercial bumpers, it's still a good box set and a must have for die hard SNL fans!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love these sets! But..., January 30, 2008
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shawn (Los Angeles, California) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Saturday Night Live: Season 2, 1976-1977 (DVD)
I'm loving the SNL box sets so far! They really take me back. Of all the season 2 episodes, the one that holds a special place in my heart is the Broderick Crawford episode, as it was the very first SNL episode I ever saw, when I was just 10. Looking at that episode today, it's very bittersweet--Crawford at that point was the oldest host ever, and had to perform most of the sketches from a comfy chair. Still, he was very professional and you can tell he showed up for rehearsals (a far cry from today's hosts, who are often caught blatantly reading from cue cards). His opening monologue, where he recounts being fired from his NBC radio gig in the 30s, and being given a "second chance" 40 years later, is quite moving.

As for the rest: the shows are as good as I remember, although the humor is very much "of it's time". The video/audio restoration also seem to be an improvement over last year's box set. The set to look for, however, is the third season (1977-78), where IMO the early SNL hit it's peak.

I only have one problem with the boxed sets, and it's a big one: the first five years of SNL are legendary for various reasons, and it amazes me that there is no commentary track for these episodes. The cast members are notorious for thier determination not to discuss thier years on the show, but I would have been happy with anybody--writers, producers, directors--willing to share thier various "war stories" about what went into creating the edgy series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As per the other reviews., October 15, 2007
This review is from: Saturday Night Live: Season 2, 1976-1977 (DVD)
The reason they get released so slowly is because of the music rights. It is difficult to bring together so many studios and artists for distribution rights. They had tv rights for the performances but dvd/video sales are wholly different. I'm sure certain hosts may have had tv rights only. There is nothing to do unless you want the dvds sans performances. (with 3 live zappa songs in good quality you must be crazy to be okay with missing out on these!)
As per the price. There are two first season boxes, same number of discs but one inludes a photo book and nicer packaging. The bigger one is 50 bucks, the same price it was last year when it was the only one out. This second season preorder is porbably the bigger box as well.

The first season was very well treated and produced for dvd release and we can only expect more from this second (better) season.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Death is just God's way of asking you out", March 20, 2008
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Larry Bridges "thebachelor" (Arlington, MA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Saturday Night Live: Season 2, 1976-1977 (DVD)
And who once said that on SNL, during one of the darker sketches of the show's classic second season? Gilda Radner. That's right. Gilda Radner...

"Saturday Night Live -- The Complete Second Season" continues the experience of "The Complete First Season", which often seemed like not just a sketch comedy show, but the saga of American life in the last quarter of the twentieth century and the personal journeys of its seven cast members. The journeys continue in this DVD boxed set. See Chevy Chase make the mistake that would blight his career by leaving SNL prematurely. Watch John Belushi's comic timing falter for the first time in over thirty episodes as he deals with having been kicked out by the woman he loved since high school -- then cheer as he returns to form, despite a knee injury, after winning her back and marrying her over the holidays. Thrill to the irony of rookie Bill Murray, destined someday to become one of the great legends of American comedy cinema, announcing to viewers that "I don't think I'm making it on the show."

And yet "The Complete Second Season" is also funny. Screamingly funny. And not just due to the classic sketches we've all seen over and over again, but due to many of the forgotten sketches as well. Belushi, Chase and Curtin filmed on location as Amish police officers. (What must that shoot have been like?) Aykroyd robbing a bank, ineffectually disguised with a stocking over his head and two oranges over his eyes. Newman as a bee, sucking pollen from a rose through a straw -- an image simultaneously amusing and poetic.

The music is also fabulous, even when it's bad. An amazing number of musical guests actually perform their most famous songs, rather than insisting on less populist repertoire. George Harrison duets with Paul Simon on "Here Comes the Sun". The Kinks perform "You Really Got Me" and "Lola". And, strangest and most memorable of all, Brian Wilson performs "Good Vibrations" without the Beach Boys, without a theremin, with just himself and a piano.

"SNL -- The Complete Second Season" merits the same high recommendation from me as "The Complete First Season". Live from New York, there were giants in those days. And remember, "Don't shoot -- we're Siamese priests!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell Chevy,hello Bill!, November 16, 2007
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andy8047 (Nokomis,Florida) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Saturday Night Live: Season 2, 1976-1977 (DVD)
The 1976-77 season,the second for NBC's Saturday Night Live was gradually pulling in more viewers. And again,the studio audiences saw the "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" in action from 11:30 PM to 1 AM in New York City(filming location)on Saturday evenings/Sunday mornings. Yes,Dan Aykroyd,the late John Belushi,Chevy Chase,Jane Curtin,Garrett Morris,Laraine Newman and the late Gilda Radner are all back and this season they do more Bees sketches,also Aykroyd,Curtin and Newman do more Coneheads sketches. SNL made Chase a megastar and with the multitude of film offers he received,he decided just after this season began(of all times!),to leave SNL for a film career. Curtin,Newman and Radner do a skit called "Chevy's Girls". Chase,who did the Weekend Update sketch,turned over the duty to Curtin upon his departure. In January 1977,finally filling Chase's shoes is 26-year-old Chicago native Bill Murray. Murray previously worked with Belushi,who himself hails from Wheaton,IL,on Second City TV. Eventually,Chase would guest host SNL a number of times,the first time being in 1978 when Murray with the remaining original comedians were still on the show. Memorably,Chase guest-hosted the 1995-96 season premiere episode on October 7,1995,commemorating the 20th anniversary of SNL's premiere. Guest hosts this season include Karen Black and television mogul Norman Lear(most famous for ALL IN THE FAMILY). Also we see this season Newman doing a Barbra Streisand parody(that episode was guest-hosted by the late Ruth Gordon). Musical guests include Boz Scaggs and the late ex-Beatle George Harrison.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not originally as aired!, December 9, 2007
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A Fan (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Saturday Night Live: Season 2, 1976-1977 (DVD)
Well they decided once again to cut the bumper photography with the exception of one per episode...while at the same time giving a collectible booklet of rare photos. As if this weren't idiotic enough, they also once again gave us more of the looped audience applause...obviously not the way each episode aired in its original form.

A select few of the episodes from the original era were previously released on VHS by Warner. While most of the musical performances were edited out those tapes, even on a limited budget they still had enough sense to not change the pace and flow of the show. In that aspect at least, those Warner tapes provided a more accurate representation of how each particular episode was originally broadcast. Instead of presenting the show in its true pace, the people over at Broadway Video think that the shows have a better flow by presenting them as if they were commercial free on some pay per view channel as opposed to originally airing on NBC late night. A very brief silent black screen followed by the bumper and then back to the next segment would have been the logical thing to do of course....how any other TV show on DVD is presented. What we get instead is revisionist history...by manipulating the applause of the audience to make it continuous during what would be the commercial break. The applause is also often times added at the end of segments and at the beginning of others where it was either meager to begin with or even non existent. Clearly the objective is to give the impression that their reaction to what they had just viewed was often times more positive than what it actually was in reality.

Well whether anyone else agrees with this editing practice, it can't be argued that the viewer is denied the experience of viewing the show as it was originally broadcast (minus of course the commercials). If licensing issues with the music were a possible factor...the music played by the in house band while the bumpers aired...well that could have easily been solved by just muting the audio as was done on the Warner tapes. The bumpers are an important part of SNL's character. From watching SNL over the decades, the way these shows are presented just doesn't feel quite the same unfortunately. A lot of work and money was invested in securing the music licensing rights which is to be highly commended. However that doesn't mean that I can overlook the fact that most of the classic photography has been discarded from these two releases and replaced with applause that was intentionally inserted where it doesn't even belong. SNL's bumpers are the most unique of any in the history of television, not to mention an important part of the show's legacy. It is a real shame that Edie Baskin's work was given such little respect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It For the Complete Shows!, May 13, 2009
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The JuRK (Our Vast, Cultural Desert) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Saturday Night Live: Season 2, 1976-1977 (DVD)
I think the best thing about this complete second season of SNL is that it's the first time I'll be seeing the entire shows since they aired back in the 1970s.

Yes, it's hit and miss (as SNL has always been) but it's so much fun seeing the show evolve and turn into the classic we all so fondly remember. This is the season where Bill Murray first appeared and he can actually see him getting his footing and running like a champ. I think the shower sketch with his cheating wife was the breakout moment for him.

As a kid, I felt like I was watching special when these shows first aired. All of these years later, I know they were special.
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