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Saturday Night Live

41 Seasons

Season 4
4.5 out of 5 stars (132) IMDb 8.2/10

Returning for a fourth season (1978 - 1979), the cast and writers of SNL maintained their reputation for hilarious characters and innovative sketch-comedy creating hits such as The Blues Brothers (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd), Nick the Lounge Singer (Bill Murray), Candy Slice (Gilda Radner), The Loud Family (Jane Curtin), Fred Garvin: Male Prostitute (Dan Aykroyd), and The Nerds (Bill Murray and Gilda Radner). Other favorites include the return of iconic hosts Steve Martin, (with Dan Aykroyd as the "wild and crazy" Festrunk Brothers) and Buck Henry's inappropriate "Uncle Roy". The complete fourth season on SNL features classic performances from hosts Fred Willard, Carrie Fisher, Kate Jackson, Milton Berle, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Elliot Gould, Frank Zappa, Gary Busey, and Walter Matthau. Unforgettable musical guests such as Peter Tosh, Mick Jagger, The Doobie Brothers, Bette Midler, Talking Heads, Devo, Van Morrison, The Grateful Dead, Rickie Lee Jones, James Taylor, and the legendary Rolling Stones playing live from studio 8H.

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1. The Rolling Stones / Rolling Stones - October 7, 1978

The Rolling Stones are host and musical guest for the fourth season premiere. Sketches include Snyder, Nerds/Norge, Greek Restaurant and a special medley (Beast of Burden, Respectable and Shattered) by The Rolling Stones. Special appearance by Mayor Ed Koch.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: October 7, 1978
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2. Fred Willard / DEVO - October 14, 1978

Fred Willard hosts with musical guest DEVO ("(Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Jocko Homo")

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes Release date: October 14, 1978
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3. Frank Zappa / Frank Zappa - October 21,1978

Frank Zappa hosts. Musical performances include "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing" and "Rollo." Sketches include Coneheads and Mr. Bill Moves In.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: October 21, 1978
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4. Steve Martin / Van Morrison - November 4, 1978

Steve Martin returns as host with musical guest Van Morrison ("Wavelength" and "Kingdom Hall"). Sketches include Theodoric of York, Nerds and Festrunk Brothers.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 8 minutes Release date: November 4, 1978
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5. Buck Henry / Grateful Dead - November 11, 1978

Buck Henry returns as host with musical guest Grateful Dead ("Casey Jones", "I Need a Miracle" and "Good Lovin'"). Sketches include Samurai Optometrist, Uncle Roy and Nick Sands.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: November 11, 1978
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6. Carrie Fisher / The Blues Brothers - November 18, 1978

Carrie Fisher hosts with musical guest The Blues Brothers ("Soul Man", "Got Everything I Need, Almost" and "B' Movie Boxcar Blues"). Update features Roseanne Roseannadanna talking about health clubs.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes Release date: November 18, 1978
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7. Walter Matthau - December 2, 1978

Walter Matthau hosts. Sketches include Bad News Bees, Greek Restaurant, and Mr. Bill's Late.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: December 2, 1978
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8. Eric Idle / Kate Bush - December 9,1978

Eric Idle returns with musical guest Kate Bush ("The Man With The Child In His Eyes", "Them Heavy People"). Sketches include Julia Child, Candy Slice, Irwin Mainway.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: December 9, 1978
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9. Elliott Gould / Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger - December 16, 1978

Elliott Gould returns with musical guests Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger ("(You Gotta Walk and) Don't Look Back"). Special appearance by comedians Bob & Ray.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: December 16, 1978
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10. Michael Palin / The Doobie Brothers - January 27, 1979

Michael Palin hosts with musical guest The Doobie Brothers ("What A Fool Believes" and "Taking It To The Streets"). Sketches include Nerds and Mr. Brighton, Drool Bucket and Mr. Bill Goes to Court.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: January 27, 1979
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11. Cicely Tyson / Talking Heads - February 10, 1979

Cicely Tyson hosts with musical guest Talking Heads ("Take Me To The River" and "Artists Only"). Sketches include Widettes, The Shah's Final Days, Nick Rails.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: February 10, 1979
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12. Rick Nelson / Judy Collins - February 17, 1979

Rick Nelson ("Hello Mary Lou", "Travelin' Man" and "Fools Rush In") hosts with special guest Judy Collins ("Hard Times For Lovers"). Sketches include Candy Slice "Gimme Mick", Twilight Zone, Quien Es Mas Macho?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes Release date: February 17, 1979
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13. Kate Jackson / Delbert McClinton - February 24, 1979

Kate Jackson hosts with musical guest Delbert McClinton ("B' Movie Boxcar Blues" and "I'm Talking About You"). Special guest appearance by Andy Kaufman. Sketches include Nerds and the Nurse, Bad Cabaret for Children and Mr. Bill Shapes Up.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes Release date: February 24, 1979
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14. Gary Busey / Eubie Blake & Gregory Hines - March 10,1979

Gary Busey hosts with musical guests Eubie Blake & Gregory Hines ("Low Down Blues" and "I'm Just Wild About Harry"). Sketches include Billy Carter, Muck Jumpers and a special musical performance by Gary Busey ("Stay All Night").

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 9 minutes Release date: March 10, 1979
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15. Margot Kidder / The Chieftains - March 17, 1979

Margot Kidder hosts with musical guest The Cheiftains ("If I Had Maggie In The Wood" and "The Morning Dew"). Sketches include Fred Garvin Male Prostitute, Lois Lane and Mr. Bill's Closet.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes Release date: March 17, 1979
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16. Richard Benjamin / Rickie Lee Jones - April 7, 1979

Richard Benjamin hosts with musical guest Rickie Lee Jones ("Chuck E's In Love" and "Coolsville"). Special appearance by Rodney Dangerfield. Sketches include The Pepsi Syndrome and Nerds and Milt.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: April 7, 1979
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17. Milton Berle / Ornette Coleman - April 14. 1979

Milton Berle hosts with musical guest Ornette Colman ("Times Square"). Sketches include The Village Persons "Bend Over Chuck Berry", Irwin Mainway's Kiddie Fun World and The Farbers

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: April 14, 1979
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18. Michael Palin / James Taylor - May 12, 1979

Michael Palin returns with musical guest James Taylor ("Up On The Roof" and "Millworker"). Sketches include The Raging Queen, Rovco Magna-Gro and Mr. Bill Runs Away.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: May 12, 1979
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19. Maureen Stapleton / Linda Ronstadt & Phoebe Snow - May 19,1979

Maureen Stapleton hosts with musical guests Linda Ronstadt & Phoebe Snow ("It's In His Kiss" and "The Married Men"). Sketches include Telepsychic, Idi Amin, Nick Wings and Mr. Bill Goes To The Movies.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes Release date: May 19, 1979
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20. Buck Henry / Bette Midler - May 26, 1979

Buck Henry hosts the season finale with musical guest Bette Midler ("Married Men" and "Martha"). Sketches include Samurai Bakery, Blind Ambition, Greek Restaurant, and Uncle Roy Returns

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes Release date: May 26, 1979
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I'm very familiar with this season and would like to offer up a few of my favorite moments. This last season for Belushi and Aykroyd, along with the third season, includes the troupe's finest hours.
Season 4 highlights:

1. Rolling Stones - You may be slightly disappointed by this season-opener if you're a big Stones fan. There is no opening monologue from them, which could have been interesting. Those duties are instead helmed by NYC mayor (actually, I think he was just campaigning at the time), Ed "How Am I Doing" Koch. Jagger shows up as the main guest in a very funny Tom Snyder bit, and Ron Wood & Charlie Watts are patrons of the always-classic Olympia Café. As for the music, it comes in one big chunk, as opposed to the usual two segments. Somewhat disappointingly, the boys perform songs exclusively from the then newly-released "Some Girls" album ("Shattered", "Beast of Burden" and "Respectable"). Amazingly, their biggest hit from that album, "Miss You", is ignored. Worst of all, Mick's voice is in unusually bad form; he sounds strained, hoarse and froggy throughout. My biggest - indeed oddest - memory of this episode's original airing was the talk that followed at school on Monday. "Did you see Mick tongue kiss Keith Richards!?" As time passed and my memory got sketchier, I thought this may have been urban legend, but after getting a copy a few years ago, Mick does actually - if not "tongue kiss" - lick Ron Wood's closed mouth, and tries a similar move on Keith, who seems to shy away from it. Incidentally, this episode also includes the great Nerds "refrigerator repairman" sketch, also the subject of some talk at school that week!

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SNL used to be the most inovative and funny show of the late 70's. It reinvented the variety show with a "supporting cast" and a rotating guest host every week. They knew how to create a funny pieces and keep it moving forward. Every show was not a masterpiece but the hits were more than the misses.

This season had the two best episodes ever with the two most unlikely hosts - Cicley Tyson and Maureen Stapleton.

The following are a list of the 20 guest hosts and musical guests:

Rolling Stones

Fred Willard / Devo

Frank Zappa

Steve Martin / Van Morrison

Buck Henry / The Greatful Dead

Carrie Fisher / The Blues Brothers

Walter Matthau

Eric Idle / Kate Bush

Elliot Gould / Peter Tosh with Mick Jagger

Michael Palin / The Doobie Brothers

Cicley Tyson / Talking Heads - This is the best episode ever. It starts Garrett Morris opening the show in drag as Cicley. And gets even better when she appears on Black Perspectives. She and Garrett visit the wide butts.

Ricky Nelson / Judy Collins

Kate Jackson / Delbert McClinton

Gary Busey / Rick Danko and Paul Butterfield / Eubie Blake and Gregory Hines

Margot Kidder / The Chieftans

Richard Benjamin / Rickey Lee Jones

Milton Berle / Ornette Coleman

Michael Palin / James Taylor

Maureen Statpleton / Linda Rondstat and Pheobe Snow - Maureen has a great skit with Lorraine Newman as the stereotypical Jewish mother.

Buck Henry / Bette Middler

Again, this is when SNL was funny, so prepare to do something than rarely happens when watching SNL today - laugh til it hurts.
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"Saturday Night Live: The Complete Fourth Season" is a seven-disc box set containing all the shows from the 1978-1979 season. This is one of the great years of the NBC sketch comedy show, which has just passed its 33rd anniversary. Maybe it's nostalgia, but it seems the comedy landed a lot more frequently then than in the current season of "SNL."
Some of the skits in this set include Nick the Lounge Singer (Bill Murray singing the "Star Wars" theme to a uninterested cocktail lounge audience), Candy Slice (Gilda Radner), The Loud Family (Jane Curtin), Fred Garvin: Male Prostitute (Dan Aykroyd), and the Nerds (Bill Murray and Gilda Radner). Also included is the "Wild and Crazy" Festrunk Brothers (Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd) and Buck Henry's inappropriate "Uncle Roy." Guest hosts include Fred Willard, Carrie Fisher, Kate Jackson, Gary Busey, and Walter Matthau. Musical guests include Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, the Doobie Brothers, Bette Midler, Talking Heads, Devo, Van Morrison, the Grateful Dead, James Taylor, and Rickie Lee Jones.
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This review is for SNL season 4, Episode 7. This episode is a wonderful memory from my childhood. (It aired in 1977 when I was 9.) Carie Fischer hosted amid all the hype from Star Wars, and it is a pleasure being reminded just how lovely she was in her prime. The Blues Brothers make an appearance for three songs, and classic skits like Mr Bill and the Loud Family are featured. The 47 year old me finds Jane Curtain hosting Weekend Update to be every bit as captivating as the 9 yr old me did.
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Nice to see how the show evolved and the actors evolved. Missed many episodes due to work schedules back in the day.. Very nostalgic. The satire is still relevant today. Brought back a lot of memories of the times.
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