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4.0 out of 5 stars Restored to original format & titles, but no technical restoration., December 7, 2006
This review is from: Saturday Night Live: Season 1, 1975-1976 (DVD)
I must say that it is absolutely great that we can finally see the shows as they were originally broadcast (minus the 25 minutes of commercials that I hated sitting through). This is SNL in its prime. In seeing these uncut shows, you will see just how good the original cast was. Just one show from this season is better than any yearly "Best Of" they can put together from the current cast.

THE DOWN SIDE: There has been little effort made to restore the 30+ year old videotapes. The picture is often soft with color bleeding to the right of objects on screen. This is not the original way we saw the series live, so some restoration would have been nice. Other shows have gotten better DVD treatment.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW if you never saw the first season live:
1) Take away the 25 minutes of commercials and these "90 Minute" shows only run 65 minutes.
2) In those days the show was NOT called "Saturday Night Live", that title was used by sportscaster Howard Cosell for his weekly live vartiety show seen at 9pm, Saturday Nights on the ABC Network. This show's first season was officially called "NBC's Saturday Night" and introduced as "Live from New York, it's NBC's Saturday Night". These original titles were later re-shot as just "Saturday Night" for the hour long syndication run, and "The Best Of Saturday Night Live" for the later cut-down half hour syndication run.
3) While the first show seems to be a in the regular sketch format, the second show is more of a Paul Simon Special with Chevy Chase making a brief appearance to introduce the show, and later to do a "Weekend Update". The "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" make brief appearances in filmed segments. The third show returns to the familiar sketch format, but the end credits roll over a slide of the guest star rather than have everyone waving "by" on stage. It is apparent that NBC was still finding the style & format for the show.
4) Season 1 was the only season with Chevy Chase as a regular, after that he would appear as a guest star.
5) Bill Murray was not a regular in the first season.
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Initial post: Dec 7, 2006 10:40:34 AM PST
H. Phillips says:
Didn't you mean that Bill Murray was not a regular in season 1? I thought Dan was a regular from the beginning.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2006 11:06:51 AM PST
Dan was in season 1, Murray wasn't...and Chevy left half-way through season 2.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2006 10:48:34 PM PST
Brewster says:
The post you refer to said, "Bill Murray was not a regular in the first season."

How does that differ from YOUR comment, "Didn't you mean that Bill Murray was not a regular in season 1?" Hmmmmm?????

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2006 8:12:24 AM PST
Dan was not only a regular in season 1, he was involved in the screen tests for some of the other regulars.

I believe my post does state that Bill Murray was not a regular in season 1, so I am confused about your comment.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2008 2:45:54 PM PDT
Philip_S62 says:
Yes, but you did err in saying, "Season 1 was the only season with Chevy Chase as a regular; after that he would appear as a guest star." He was a regular for the first nine episodes of Season 2 as well; Bill Murray debuted in Season 2, Episode 11. Perhaps you meant to say that Season 1 is the only FULL season Chevy was a regular. He first appeared as a guest host in Season 3.
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