Saturday Night Live: The 1970s
The groundbreaking variety show's first five seasons introduce American audiences to original "SNL" cast members such as Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner and John Belushi, who pull off hilarious scripted and improvised skits, lampoons and impersonations.
Killer bees, land sharks, the Blues Brothers and Mr. Bill take over the stage in SNL's Emmy-winning first season, which introduced the world to Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Dan Akroyd and the rest of the original cast. The premiere season's unforgettable skits include the Bass-O-Matic commercial, Chase's impersonation of Gerald Ford and samurai divorce court. Andy Kaufman, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Carly Simon and many others guest star.
- 1George Carlin/Janis Ian & Billy Preston
Season 1 : Episode 1 65 minutesGeorge Carlin/Janis Ian & Billy Preston
George Carlin hosts the first-ever episode of SNL, which features classic sketches, Carlin's stand-up, and a short film by Albert Brooks.
- 2Paul Simon/Art Garfunkel, Randy Newman, Phoebe Snow
Season 1 : Episode 2 65 minutesPaul Simon/Art Garfunkel, Randy Newman, Phoebe Snow
Paul Simon hosts this musical-performance-packed episode, which features "The Mighty Favog" and the classic "The Bees Have Been Cut" skit.
- 3Rob Reiner/Joe Cocker
Season 1 : Episode 3 65 minutesRob Reiner/Joe Cocker
Watch such classic segments as "Fashion Faux Pas," "Felina Cat Food," John Belushi's Joe Cocker impression, and an appearance by Andy Kaufman.
- 4Candice Bergen/Esther Phillips
Season 1 : Episode 4 67 minutesCandice Bergen/Esther Phillips
The infamous Landshark makes its debut in this episode, which also features "Gerald Ford's Address" and "Garrett Morris and the CIA."
- 5Robert Klein/ABBA, Loudon Wainwright III
Season 1 : Episode 5 66 minutesRobert Klein/ABBA, Loudon Wainwright III
The Not Ready for Prime Time Players perform "Jamitol," "Minute Mystery," "Bee-Centennial Minute," and "Ploobis' Migraine" with the Muppets.
- 6Lily Tomlin/Howard Shore and His All Nurse Band
Season 1 : Episode 6 64 minutesLily Tomlin/Howard Shore and His All Nurse Band
The cast delivers such classic sketches as "Jaws III," "Spud Beer," "Ford Addresses the Nation," and the "Beethoven Composes..." series.
- 7Richard Pryor/Gil-Scott Heron, Thalamus Rasulala
Season 1 : Episode 7 66 minutesRichard Pryor/Gil-Scott Heron, Thalamus Rasulala
The anachronistic Samurai Futaba makes his first appearance, the cast performs "Police Line-Ups," and Weekend Update introduces a classic catchphrase.
- 8Candice Bergen/The Stylistics, Martha Reeves
Season 1 : Episode 8 66 minutesCandice Bergen/The Stylistics, Martha Reeves
The cast performs "Mel's Char Palace" and "Send Us Your Home Movies" in an episode that also includes the short film "Homeward Bound."
- 9Elliott Gould/Anne Murray
Season 1 : Episode 9 67 minutesElliott Gould/Anne Murray
Frequent host Elliot Gould makes his first appearance in this Emmy-winning episode, which includes the famous "Killer Bees" sketch.
- 10Buck Henry/Bill Withers, Toni Basil
Season 1 : Episode 10 66 minutesBuck Henry/Bill Withers, Toni Basil
The Blues Brothers make their first-ever appearance in an episode that also features "Citizen Kane II," "Samurai Deli," and "Japanese Sex Device."
- 11Peter Cook, Dudley Moore/Neil Sedaka
Season 1 : Episode 11 66 minutesPeter Cook, Dudley Moore/Neil Sedaka
The Not Ready for Prime Time Players perform "Bomb Squad," "Don Pardo's Holiday in an Elevator," and the short film "The Paramount Novelty Store."
- 12Dick Cavett/Jimmy Cliff
Season 1 : Episode 12 67 minutesDick Cavett/Jimmy Cliff
Marshall Efron makes an appearance in this episode, which features "H&L Brock," "Voodoo on Chevy Chase," and the "Dick Cavett School of..." series.
- 13Peter Boyle/Al Jarreau, The Shapiro Sisters
Season 1 : Episode 13 62 minutesPeter Boyle/Al Jarreau, The Shapiro Sisters
Peter Boyle and John Belushi face off in "Dueling Brandos" while the cast performs "New Dad," "The Corrida," and "Samurai Divorce Court."
- 14Desi Arnaz/Desi Arnaz, Jr
Season 1 : Episode 14 66 minutesDesi Arnaz/Desi Arnaz, Jr
The players perform "National Express," "No Sex on His Birthday," "President Ford's Word Association," "The Failed Pilots of I Love Lucy," and more.
- 15Jill Clayburgh/Leon Redbone
Season 1 : Episode 15 66 minutesJill Clayburgh/Leon Redbone
Mister Bill makes his first-ever appearance in an episode that also includes such skits as "Great Moments in History" and "White Guilt Relief Fund."
- 16Anthony Perkins/Betty Carter
Season 1 : Episode 16 67 minutesAnthony Perkins/Betty Carter
This classic episode includes the skits "SNL is Not Ad-Libbed," "A President's View on Marijuana," and "Norman Bates School of Hotel Management."
- 17Ron Nessen/Toni Basil, Patti Smith
Season 1 : Episode 17 66 minutesRon Nessen/Toni Basil, Patti Smith
In this episode hosted by Gerald Ford's press secretary, Billy Crystal makes his first appearance, and Dan Aykroyd does his take on Tom Snyder.
- 18Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian
Season 1 : Episode 18 67 minutesRaquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian
The cast performs "Purina Rat Chow" and "One Flew Over the Hornet's Nest," and Lorne Michaels offers the Beatles $3000 to appear on the show.
- 19Madeline Kahn/Carly Simon
Season 1 : Episode 19 66 minutesMadeline Kahn/Carly Simon
Chevy Chase plays the cowbell for Carly Simon as the cast performs "Slumber Party," "Wilderness Comedian," and "Ronald Reagan's Jam Session."
- 20Dyan Cannon/Leon and Mary Russell
Season 1 : Episode 20 66 minutesDyan Cannon/Leon and Mary Russell
This classic episode features "Hearing Test," "The Adulterer," "Sugar-Free Zing," "Vacationland Adventure," and "Marine Corps Commercial Shoot."
- 21Buck Henry/Gordon Lightfoot
Season 1 : Episode 21 66 minutesBuck Henry/Gordon Lightfoot
Samurai Futaba interrupts Gordon Lightfoot's musical performance in between sketches such as "Talk Back!," "Looks at Books," and "Samurai Tailor."
- 22Elliott Gould/Leon Redbone, Harlan Collins & Joyce Everson
Season 1 : Episode 22 66 minutesElliott Gould/Leon Redbone, Harlan Collins & Joyce Everson
The cast performs "The Bee Honeymooners," "Shirley Temple Black," and the cult-classic sketch "The Last Voyage of the Starship Enterprise."
- 23Louise Lasser/Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Season 1 : Episode 23 66 minutesLouise Lasser/Preservation Hall Jazz Band
This classic episode features "The Diner," "Ode to Television," "Human Hair Potholders," "Belushi Trash-Talks Chevy," and "Belushi Sells His Clothes."
- 24Kris Kristofferson/Rita Coolidge
Season 1 : Episode 24 66 minutesKris Kristofferson/Rita Coolidge
An admittedly drunk Kris Kirstofferson hosts this classic episode, which features "The Great White Athlete" and "Samurai General Practitioner."
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