Saturday Night Live aired its fifth season during the 1979–1980 television season on NBC, and also the final season with the original cast. This fifth season started on October 13, 1979 and ended on May 24, 1980. SNL's fifth season was released on DVD on December 1, 2009.
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd left the show at the end of the fourth season, leaving a void in the cast that most fans thought would be the beginning of the end of the late-night sketch show.
To keep the show going, Lorne Michaels upgraded many of the show's writers to cast member status: Peter Aykroyd, Jim Downey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Don Novello, Tom Schiller and Alan Zweibel. Band leader Paul Shaffer also joined the cast, becoming the first person from the SNL band to become a cast member. Harry Shearer joined the show as a featured cast member and was promoted to repertory status during the season.
This would be the final season for everyone in the cast. Tom Davis and Downey would return to the show in future seasons as writers. Al Franken, Doyle-Murray, Novello, and Shearer would rejoin the cast in future seasons.
Steve Martin hosts and Blondie ("Dreaming" and "The Hardest Part") is the musical guest for the fifth season premiere. Includes The New Mr. Bill Show and Father Guido Sarducci.
Eric Idle hosts with musical guest Bob Dylan ("Gotta Serve Somebody," "I Believe in You" and "When You Gonna Wake Up"). Features Roseanne Roseannadanna and special appearance by Andy Kaufman.
Bill Russell hosts with musical guest Chicago ("I'm a Man" and "Street Player"). Features Mr. Bill Stays Home.
Buck Henry hosts with musical guest Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers ("Refugee" and "Don't Do Me Like That"). Sketches include Matchmaker Nerds.
Bea Arthur hosts with musical guest The Roches ("Bobby's Song," and "Hallelujah'"). Features Mr. Bill Builds a House with an Update feature by Al Franken and special appearance by Andy Kaufman.
Howard Hessemen hosts with musical guest Randy Newman ("It's Money That I Love," "I'm Gonna Take Off My Pants" and "The Story of a Rock & Roll Band"). Update features Al Franken.
Martin Sheen hosts with musical guest David Bowie ("The Man Who Sold the World," "TV-C 15," and "Boys Keep Swinging". Update features Father Guido Sarducci.
Ted Knight hosts with musical guest Desmond Child & Rouge ("Tumble in the Night," and "Goodbye Baby"). Features Nerds Christmas Pageant, Roseanne Roseannadanna and special appearance by Andy Kaufman.
Teri Garr hosts with musical guest The B-52'S ("Rock Lobster" and "Dance This Mess Around"). Features Mr. Bill Gets Help and Father Guido Sarducci.
Chevy Chase hosts with musical guest Marianne Faithfull ("Broken English," and "Guilt"). Special appearance by Bert Convy and special musical performance by Chevy Chase and Tom Scott "16 Tons."
Elliott Gould hosts with musical guest Gary Numan ("Cars" and "Praying to the Aliens"). Sketches include Jewess Jeans and Kennedy-Carter Debate.
Kirk Douglas hosts with musical guest Sam & Dave ("You Don't Know Like I Know"). Includes Nick at Greg's Bar Mitzvah and Schiller's Reel: Mask of Fear.
Rodney Dangerfield hosts with musical guest The J. Geils Band ("Love Stinks" and "Sanctuary"). Update features Father Guido Sarducci.
The 100th Show with musical guests Paul Simon and James Taylor and David Sanborn. Special appearances by John Belushi, Ralph Nader, Michael O'Donoghue and Michael Palin. Features Roseanne Roseannadanna.
Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss hosts with musical guest The Grateful Dead ("Alabama Getaway" and "The Saint of Circumstances"). Includes The Franken and Davis Show and Mr. Bill Strikes Back.
Burt Reynolds hosts with musical guest Anne Murray ("Lucky Me" and "Why Don't You Stick Around"). Includes Baba Wawa at Large and Father Guido Sarducci.
Strother Martin hosts with musical guest The Specials ("Gangsters" and "Too Much, Too Young"). Include Irwin Mainway's Kiddie Fun World.
Bob Newhart hosts with musical guests Bruce Cockburn & the Amazing Rhythm Aces ("Who Will The Next Fool Be," "Third-Rate Romance," and "Wondering Where The Lions Are"). Includes Mr. Bill Goes to Jail.
Steve Martin returns with musical guests Paul & Linda McCartney performing "Coming Up" and & 3-D performing "All-Night Television". Include Father Guido Sarducci.
Buck Henry hosts the season finale with musical guests Andrew Gold and Andrae Crouch, & The Voices of Unity. Includes Lord & Lady Douchebag, Nick at Trader Nick's and Roseanne Roseannadanna.