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Saturday Night Live 41 Seasons

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (345) IMDb 8.2/10

Saturday Night Live Season 1

Starring:
Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett

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1. Saturday Night Live (SNL) October 11, 1975 - George Carlin / Billy Preston, Janis Ian

"Live from New York, it's Saturday Night". George Carlin hosts this very first episode, which aired on October 11, 1975. Musical Guests include Billy Preston ("Nothing From Nothing" and "Fancy Lady") and Janis Ian ("At Seventeen" and "In The Winter").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 5 minutes Release date: October 11, 1975
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2. Saturday Night Live (SNL) October 18, 1975 - Paul Simon / Randy Newman, Phoebe Snow

Paul Simon hosts with musical guests Art Garfunkel ("The Boxer", "Scarborough Fair". "My Little Town"), Randy Newman ("Sail Away"), The Jesse Dixon Singers ("Loves Me Like A Rock") and Phoebe Snow ("No Regrets"). Paul also performs "Still Crazy After All These Years", "Marie" and "American Tune".

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 5 minutes Release date: October 18, 1975
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3. Saturday Night Live (SNL) October 25, 1975 - Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner hosts with special guests The Lockers (Toni Basil) and Andy Kaufman ("Pop Goes The Weasel").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 5 minutes Release date: October 25, 1975
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4. Saturday Night Live (SNL) November 8, 1975 - Candice Bergen / Esther Phillips

Candice Bergen hosts with musical guest Esther Phillips ("What A Difference A Day Makes" and "I Can Stand A Little Rain").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes Release date: November 8, 1975
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5. Saturday Night Live (SNL) November 15, 1975 - Robert Klein / ABBA, Loudon Wainwright III

Robert Klein is joined by musical guests ABBA ('S.O.S." and "Waterloo") and Loudan Wainwright III ("Bicentennial Certainty" and "Unrequieted To The Nth Degree").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: November 15, 1975
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6. Saturday Night Live (SNL) November 22, 1975 - Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin reads from her notebook and does a cheer for New York while hosting the sixth show of the season.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 4 minutes Release date: November 22, 1975
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7. Saturday Night Live (SNL) December 13, 1975 - Richard Pryor / Gil Scott-Heron

Richard Pryor talks about women who leave men, winos and acid while hosting this seven-second delayed episode. Richard is joined by musical guest Gil Scott-Heron ("Johannesburg" and "A Lovely Day").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: December 13, 1975
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8. Saturday Night Live (SNL) December 20, 1975 - Candice Bergen / Martha Reeves, The Stylistics

Candice Bergen hosts this Christmas episode with musical guests Martha Reeves ("Higher and Higher" and "Silver Bells" ) and The Stylistics ("You Make Me Feel Brand New").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: December 20, 1975
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9. Saturday Night Live (SNL) January 10, 1976 - Elliott Gould / Anne Murray

Elliott Gould hosts with musical guest Anne Murray ("Long Distance Call" and "Boogie With You").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes Release date: January 10, 1976
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10. Saturday Night Live (SNL) January 17, 1976 - Buck Henry / Bill Withers, Toni Basil

Buck Henry hosts with musical guests Bill Withers ("Ain't No Sunshine') and Toni Basil ("Wham").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: January 17, 1976
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11. Saturday Night Live (SNL) January 24, 1976 - Peter Cook & Dudley Moore / Neil Sedaka

Peter Cook & Dudley Moore host with musical guest Neil Sedaka ("Breaking Up Is hard To Do" and "Lonely Night").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: January 24, 1975
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12. Saturday Night Live (SNL) January 31, 1976 - Dick Cavett / Jimmy Cliff

Dick Cavett is joined by musical guest Jimmy Cliff ("The Harder They Come", "Many Rivers To Cross" and "Wahjaka Man").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes Release date: January 31, 1975
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13. Saturday Night Live (SNL) February 14, 1976 - Peter Boyle / Al Jarreau

Peter Boyle hosts with musical guest Al Jarreau ("We Got By" and "Pretty As A Picture").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 2 minutes Release date: February 14, 1976
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14. Saturday Night Live (SNL) February 21, 1976 - Desi Arnaz / Desi Arnaz, Jr.

Desi Arnaz appears as host and musical guest with special guest, Desi Arnaz, Jr.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: February 21, 1975
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15. Saturday Night Live (SNL) February 28, 1976 - Jill Clayburgh / Leon Redbone, The Singing Idlers

Jill Clayburgh hosts with musical guest Leon Redbone ("Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Big TimeWoman").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: February 28, 1976
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16. Saturday Night Live (SNL) March 13, 1976 - Anthony Perkins / Betty Carter

Anthony Perkins is joined by musical guest Betty Carter ("Music Maestro, Please", "Swing Brother Swing" and "I Can't Help It").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes Release date: March 13, 1976
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17. Saturday Night Live (SNL) April 17, 1976 - Ron Nessen / Patti Smith Group

U.S. Press Secretary Ron Nessen hosts with musical guest The Patti Smith Group ("Gloria" and "My Generation").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: April 17, 1976
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18. Saturday Night Live (SNL) April 24, 1976 - Raquel Welch / Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian

Raquel Welch hosts with musical guests Phoebe Snow ("All Over" and "Two Fisted Love") and John Sebastian ("Welcome Back").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes Release date: April 24, 1976
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19. Saturday Night Live (SNL) May 8, 1976 - Madeline Kahn / Carly Simon

Madeline Kahn is joined by special musical guest Carly Simon ("You're So Vain" and "Half A Chance').

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: May 8, 1976
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20. Saturday Night Live (SNL) May 15, 1976 - Dyan Cannon / Leon & Mary Russell

Dyan Cannon hosts with musical guest Leon and Mary Russell ("I Want To Satisfy You" and "Daylight").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: May 15, 1976
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21. Saturday Night Live (SNL) May 22, 1976 - Buck Henry / Gordon Lightfoot

Buck Henry returns to host with musical guest Gordon Lightfoot ("Summertime Dream" and "Spanish Moss").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 11 minutes Release date: May 22, 1976
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22. Saturday Night Live (SNL) May 29, 1976 - Elliott Gould / Leon Redbone, Harlan Collins & Joyce Everson

Elliott Gould returns to host as does musical guest Leon Redbone ("Shine On Harvest Moon" and "Walking Stick").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: May 29, 1976
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23. Saturday Night Live (SNL) July 24, 1976 - Louise Lasser / Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Louise Lasser hosts with musical guests The Preservation Hall Jazz Band ("Panama").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: July 24, 1976
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24. Saturday Night Live (SNL) July 31, 1976 - Kris Kirstofferson / Rita Coolidge

Kris Kristofferson appears as host and musical guest ("I've Got A Life Of My Own") with special guest Rita Coolidge ("Hoola Hoop" and "Eddie The Eunuch").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: July 31, 1976
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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.
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For several years, I stayed up well past 2am on Saturday nights hoping to catch reruns of the classic, full SNL shows from 1975-1980. NBC was re-airing some of these great programs in their entirety (not "best of" packages) with few exceptions, starting in the late 1990s in most NBC outlets. Unfortunately, the original cast shows were the exception and the Dana Carvey and/or Will Farrell years were the norm. After several years, I managed to videotape about 25-30 original cast shows, but only about 4 from the first season.

Younger audiences unfamiliar with the original SNL will likely be surprised by a number of things in viewing this great collection. Firstly, for those of us who remember, SNL was the most weird and cutting-edge show to be found in those days. The concept of "late night" television was certainly not then what it is today either. There really is no "late night" anymore, what with hundreds of cable/satellite channels and the Internet to keep us entertained around the clock. In the '70s, however, late night was a wasteland of old movies and reruns. Most stations ended their broadcast day by about 1 or 2am (for the tech-geners, this means the three network stations, one public station and typically about 3 or 4 local stations). As far as the networks were concerned, Johnny Carson owned the airways after the local news; this was literally true in many ways. Although not on air during the weekend, Carson Productions was quite a powerful entity, owning many weekend program slots. Beyond local news & the Tonight Show, there was little interest in developing a "late night" program. Secondly, SNL had huge shock value for a culture that wasn't used to seeing risqué material paraded constantly on broadcast TV.
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I will tell you now that my review is primarily about the box set itself. It's so nice and something that a fan of the show will really treasure.

SNL The Complete First Season (1975-1976) is a really sweet collectors item. A fan of SNL really would be pleased with this first season set release. Hopefully, the quality of future sets will measure up to the dedication and effort put into the first season set. If you have purchased those SNL "Best of Sets" in the past, don't even compare those to this release. This is a really nice deluxe box set.

The 1975-1976 cast were the one's who got the ball rolling with the series. Cast members from the debut season were Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtain, Chevy Chase, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner. Surely these names ring a bell to you. The majority of the cast members went on to have successful film and television careers in the 1980's.

The great thing about the DVD box set is that it includes the episodes in their original 90 minute format for the first time on DVD--with all musical performances in tact. Season one musical guests included Simon & Garfunkel, Joe Cocker, Neil Sedaka, Desi Arnez, Carly Simon, Kris Kristopherson, and Gil Scott-Heron among others. Each single sided disc includes three 90 minute episodes. The disc case includes the name of the guest host, the musical guest and the episode air date. The first air date on the set is October 11th, 1975 and the set ends with the air date July 31st, 1976.

Another nice feature of the set is a booklet which includes really awesome black and white cast photos from the shows first season. Special features include original screen tests, a 1975 interview with the cast and the aforementioned collector's booklet with the cast photos.
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