Saturday Night Live - Season 1 Episodes

Saturday Night Live - Season 1

Saturday Night Live - Season 1

The first season of Saturday Night Live, the weekly late-night 90-minute American sketch comedy/variety show on NBC, aired during the 1975–1976 television season. Saturday Night Live premiered on October 11, 1975 and consisted of a total of 24 episodes, the last of which aired on July 31, 1976.

In 1974, NBC Tonight Show host Johnny Carson requested that the weekend broadcasts of "Best of Carson" come to an end, so that Carson could take two weeknights off and NBC would thus air those repeats on those nights rather than feed them to affiliates for broadcast on either Saturdays or Sundays. Given Carson's undisputed status as the dean of late-night television, NBC heard his request as an ultimatum, fearing he might use the issue as grounds to defect to either ABC or CBS. To fill the gap, the network drew up some ideas and brought in Dick Ebersol – a protégé of legendary ABC Sports president Roone Arledge – to develop a 90-minute late-night variety show. Ebersol's first order of business was hiring a young Canadian producer named Lorne Michaels to be the show-runner.

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Episode 1

George Carlin/Janis Ian & Billy Preston

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Episode 2

Paul Simon/Art Garfunkel, Randy Newman, Phoebe Snow

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Episode 3

Rob Reiner/"Joe Cocker"

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Episode 4

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").

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Episode 5

Robert Klein/ABBA, Loudon Wainwright III

Robert Klein is joined by musical guests ABBA and Loudan Wainwright III.

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Episode 6

Lily Tomlin

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

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Episode 7

Richard Pryor/Gil-Scott Heron, Thalamamus Rasulala

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.

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Episode 8

Candice Bergen/The Stylistics, Martha Reeves

Candice Bergen hosts this Christmas episode with musical guests Martha Reeves and The Stylistics.

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Episode 9

Elliott Gould/Anne Murray

Elliott Gould hosts with musical guest Anne Murray.

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Episode 10

Buck Henry/Bill Withers, Toni Basil

Buck Henry hosts with musical guests Bill Withers and Toni Basil.

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Episode 11

Peter Cook, Dudley Moore/Neil Sedaka

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore host with musical guest Neil Sedaka.

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Episode 12

Dick Cavett/Marshall Efron, Jimmy Cliff

Dick Cavett is joined by musical guest Jimmy Cliff.

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Episode 13

Peter Boyle/Al Jarreau

Peter Boyle hosts with musical guest Al Jarreau.

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Episode 14

Desi Arnaz/Desi Arnaz, Jr.

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

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Episode 15

Jill Clayburgh/Andy Kaufman

Jill Clayburgh hosts with musical guest Leon Redbone.

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Episode 16

Anthony Perkins/Betty Carter

Anthony Perkins is joined by musical guest Betty Carter.

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Episode 17

Ron Nessen/Toni Basil, Patti Smith

U.S. Press Secretary Ron Nessen hosts with musical guest The Patti Smith Group.

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Episode 18

Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian

Raquel Welch hosts with musical guests Phoebe Snow and John Sebastian.

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Episode 19

Madeline Kahn/Carly Simon

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

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Episode 20

Dyan Cannon/Leon Russell

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

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Episode 21

Buck Henry/Gordon Lightfoot

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

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Episode 22

Elliott Gould/Leon Redbone

Elliott Gould returns to host as does musical guest Leon Redbone.

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Episode 23

Louise Lasser/Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Louise Lasser hosts with musical guests The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

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Episode 24

Kris Kristofferson/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").