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Saturday Night Live 16 Seasons 1978

Season 3
4.6 out of 5 stars (134) IMDb 8.2/10

Saturday Night Live Season 3

Original air date:
May 20, 1978

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1. Saturday Night Live (SNL) September 24, 1977 ? Steve Martin / Jackson Browne

Steve martin returns to host the season premiere with musical guest Jackson Browne ("Running On Empty" and "The Pretender").

CC TV-14 September 24, 1977 1 hour, 9 minutes
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2. Saturday Night Live (SNL) October 8, 1977 - Madeline Kahn / Taj Mahal

Madeline Kahn hosts with musical guest Taj Mahal ("Queen Bee"). Special Appearance by Dame Edna (Barry Humphries).

CC TV-14 October 8, 1977 1 hour, 6 minutes
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3. Saturday Night Live (SNL) October 15, 1977 ? Hugh Hefner / Libby Titus

Hugh Hefner hosts with musical guest Libby Titus ("Fool That I Am").

CC TV-14 October 15, 1977 1 hour, 7 minutes
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4. Saturday Night Live (SNL) October 29, 1977 - Charles Grodin / Paul Simon

Charles Grodin welcomes musical guest Paul Simon ("Slip Slidin' Away" and "So Kind"). Sketches include Coneheads Halloween, Mainway, Brownie, Samurai Dry Cleaners and special appearance by Art Garfunkel.

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5. Saturday Night Live (SNL) November 12, 1977 - Ray Charles

Ray Charles hosts. Musical Performances include "I Can See Clearly Now", "What'd I Say", and "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning". Special Appearance by stand-up comedian Franklyn Ajaye.

CC TV-14 November 12, 1977 1 hour, 6 minutes
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6. Saturday Night Live (SNL) November 19, 1977 - Buck Henry / Leon Redbone

Buck Henry hosts and kicks off Anyone Can Host contest where we meet the five finalists. Leon Redbone returns as musical guest ("Champagne Charlie" and "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone").

CC TV-14 November 19, 1977 1 hour, 6 minutes
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7. Saturday Night Live (SNL) December 10, 1977 ? Mary Kay Place / Willie Nelson

Mary Kay Place is joined by Willie Nelson ("Whiskey River" and "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain"). Special Appearance by Andy Kaufman.

CC TV-14 December 10, 1977 1 hour, 6 minutes
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8. Saturday Night Live (SNL) December 17, 1977 - Miskel Spillman / Elvis Costello

Anyone Can Host winner Miskel Spillman welcomes Elvis Costello ("Watching The Detectives" and "Radio, Radio") for this SNL Christmas episode.

CC TV-14 December 17, 1977 1 hour, 6 minutes
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9. Saturday Night Live (SNL) January 21, 1978 - Steve Martin / The Dirt Band

Steve Martin hosts with musical guests The Dirt Band ("On The Loose With The Blues"). Sketch appearances by Roseanne Roseannadanna and the Coneheads on Family Feud.

CC TV-14 January 21, 1978 1 hour, 6 minutes
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10. Saturday Night Live (SNL) January 28, 1978 - Robert Klein / Bonnie Raitt

Comedian Robert Klein hosts with musical performances by Bonnie Raitt ("Runaway" and "Give It All Up Or Let Me Go" . Sketches include Greek Restaurant, Nick Winters, Nerd Rock and Attack of The Giant Lobsters.

CC TV-14 January 28, 1978 1 hour, 7 minutes
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11. Saturday Night Live (SNL) February 18, 1978 - Chevy Chase / Billy Joel

Chevy Chase returns for his first time hosting with musical guest Billy Joel ("Only The Good Die Young" and "Just The Way You Are").

CC TV-14 February 18, 1978 1 hour, 6 minutes
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12. Saturday Night Live (SNL) February 25, 1978 - O.J. Simpson / Ashford & Simpson

O. J. Simpson hosts with performances by Ashford and Simpson ("So, So Satisfied" and "Don't Cost You Nothing"). Sketches include Samurai Night Fever and E. Buzz Miller's Animal Kingdom.

CC TV-14 February 25, 1978 1 hour, 6 minutes
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13. Saturday Night Live (SNL) March 11, 1978 ? Art Garfunkel / Stephen Bishop

Art Garfunkel hosts and performs classic songs "All I Know" and "Scarborough Fair". Also, musical performance by Stephen Bishop ("On And On").

CC TV-14 March 11, 1978 1 hour, 6 minutes
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14. Saturday Night Live (SNL) March 18, 1978 - Jill Clayburgh / Eddie Money

Jill Clayburgh returns to host with musical guest Eddie Money ("Two Tickets To Paradise" and " Baby Hold On".

CC TV-14 March 18, 1978 1 hour, 6 minutes
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15. Saturday Night Live (SNL) March 25, 1978 - Christopher Lee / Meat Loaf

Christopher Lee hosts with musical guests Meat Loaf ("All Revved Up With No Place To Go" and "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad").

CC TV-14 March 25, 1978 1 hour, 6 minutes
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16. Saturday Night Live (SNL) April 8 , 1978 - Michael Palin / Eugene Record

Monty Python alum, Michael Palin hosts with musical guest Eugene Record ("Have You Seen Her?" and "Trying To Get To You").

CC TV-14 April 8, 1978 1 hour, 6 minutes
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17. Saturday Night Live (SNL) April 15, 1978 - Michael Sarrazin / Keith Jarrett

Michael Sarrazin hosts with musical guest Keith Jarrett. Sketches include Judy Miller, E. Buzz Miller's Exercises and Point/Counterpoint.

CC TV-14 April 15, 1978 1 hour, 6 minutes
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18. Saturday Night Live (SNL) April 22 , 1978 - Steve Martin / The Blues Brothers

Steve Martin returns with The Blues Brothers ("Hey Bartender" and "I Don't Know"). Sketches include Festrunk Brothers, Theodoric, Dancing In The Dark, King Tut, Nerds Science Fair and Point/Counterpoint.

CC TV-14 April 22, 1978 1 hour, 6 minutes
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19. Saturday Night Live (SNL) May 13, 1978 ? Richard Dreyfuss / Jimmy Buffett & Gary Tigerman

Richard Dreyfuss hosts with musical guests JIMMY BUFFETT ("Son Of A Sailor") and Gary Tigerman ("White Oaxacan Moon".) Sketches include Cone Encounters and Nick Springs.

CC TV-14 May 13, 1978 1 hour, 7 minutes
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20. Saturday Night Live (SNL) May 20, 1978 ? Buck Henry / Sun Ra

Buck Henry hosts with musical guest Sun Ra. Sketches include Nerd Prom, Samurai T.V. Repairman, Greek Restaurant, Stunt Puppy and Point/Counterpoint.

CC TV-14 May 20, 1978 1 hour, 6 minutes
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Product Details

Genres Music, Comedy
Season year 1978
Network NBC
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This season still features the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players - John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Garrett Morris,Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman. Plus newcomer Bill Murray.

When SNL (at this time it was NBC's Saturday Night Live) first came on it changed the variety format from skits and musical numbers to what is now called sketch comedy with music from popular and upcoming rock groups. Each episode was "hosted" by an actor who was usually promoting their new film.

Each show had an opening skit that end with "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night", the credits followed, then the guest host would come out do some sort of monologue. This would fade into either an original SNL cast commercial (remember The Taste Bud's for Budweiser) or a parody of a commercial. Skit, musical guest, skit, Weekend Update, skit, second musical number, skit and closing.

The show had a number of reoccuring skits, which were rotated to keep them fresh (unlike today when they get an idea they flog it to death!). The best were Two Wild and Crazy Guys (Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd), the coneheads (Aykroyd, Jane Curtin and Lorraine Newman), Samuari "Whatever" (John Belushi), the Killer Bees (cast).

If you have not seen the original episodes uncut then you will understand why this show was so revolutionary. And remember that at this time people had to stay up to watch the show "Live" as most people did not own VCR's in 1977. So it became a fashionable for groups of young people to have parties and watch the show.
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Many reviewers say these early Saturday Night Live seasons are products of their times, that they aren't nearly as funny today as we all thought they were back then. To that I say dude, what have you been smokin'? Yes, I was one of those who watched these shows in college, usually at a party where everyone was, shall we say, already in a purple haze. But thinking that's what made these shows great is simply revisionist history.

Sure there are some dated cultural jokes, a few lame musical guests and an occasional skit that falls flat. However, each episode is still, for the most part, solidly entertaining. As I sat down with these discs today partaking of nothing stronger than a few Diet Cokes, what I noticed is just how watchable these shows still are. Even when not at their best, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin and the others each did at least interesting work, and always in their own personal style. What resulted was a true comedy variety show, a witty take on middlebrow culture that though edgy at times, rarely takes a cheap shot or wallows in the gutter.

Originally 90 minutes long with commercial breaks, each commercial-free episode here runs between 66 and 68 minutes.

This third season may be the best in Saturday Night's history. Most every show includes at least one of SNL's most famous recurring skits as well as some hilarious forgotten moments. For example, the first show includes Lorne Michaels upping his offer to the Beatles from $3,000 to $3,200 and a commercial parody for the Kromega III, "a watch so complex it takes two people to make it work.
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This third season, along with the fourth, represent the height of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players. For the first time, we are introduced to The Blues Brothers, The Festrunk Brothers, Roseanne Roseannadanna, Point Counterpoint, The Olympia Restaurant and many others. Favorites such as the Coneheads and the Samurai return in force as well.

I taped most of this season in its entirety over the years, and am quite familiar with the strength of these episodes. I especially like the Steve Martin/Blues Brothers appearance, as well as the season-ender with Buck Henry/Sun Ra.

I've shared my thoughts on the value of the original SNL before, so instead, I'd like to point out a few highlights to look forward to:

1. Chevy Chase returns for first time hosting duties on 02/18/78. There was quite a bit of backstage animosity/tension towards him, and one particular spat ensued over the Weekend Update anchoring duties. Bill Murray, still the "new kid," was out to hold his ground against Chase, and became defensive of Jane Curtin. Apparently, Belushi - who was the clearest Chase rival - delighted in stirring up the situation to the point that Murray punched Chase right before air time. The fight was broken up, with Murray walking away calling Chase a "medium talent." If Chase seems nervous, this was why. Still, Chase does a superb job performing under these circumstances. More trivia: this is the only time Belushi, Aykroyd, Murray and Chase ever share screen time together (for a military-themed skit). Even more trivia: Billy Joel, as Chase tells us, missed his 10th high school reunion to appear.

2. Steve Martin/The Dirt Band (aka Nitty Gritty...
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