Saturday Night Live - Season 7 Episodes
Saturday Night Live - Season 7
Saturday Night Live aired its seventh season during the 1981–1982 television season on NBC. The seventh season started on October 3, 1981 and ended on May 22, 1982. A total of 20 episodes were broadcast.
Following the dismissal of producer Jean Doumanian and most of her cast members, the show was shut down due to the commencement of the 1981 WGA strike.
Dick Ebersol, the program's developer, was hired as Doumanian's replacement. The new cast of Saturday Night Live for this season were the same ones from the episode Ebersol produced on the April 11, 1981 episode: Robin Duke, Tim Kazurinsky and Tony Rosato along with the Doumanian era's sole survivors Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo. Denny Dillon and Gail Matthius were fired following the April 1981 episode while Laurie Metcalf and unseen castmember Emily Prager weren't asked back to be cast members on the show.
Ebersol then hired two new cast members: Mary Gross and Christine Ebersole. Both were hired to fill the gap left by Metcalf and Prager.
Wanting to distance the show from its first five seasons, Ebersol cut the popular opening line Live from New York, It's Saturday Night! from the cold openings. In fact, sometimes cold openings weren't even shown and the monologues were skipped over almost entirely. These changes were not permanent, as Ebersol decided to reverse them for the eighth season.
“(no host)/Rod Stewart, Tina Turner”
SNL goes without a guest host for the premiere episode of the 1981/82 season.
“Susan St. James/The Kinks”
TV vet Susan Saint James hosts with a special film by Andy Warhol.
“George Kennedy/Miles Davis”
Oscar-winner George Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke) hosts, with a special appearance by John Candy.
Film and TV favorite Donald Pleasance hosts with a cameo by John Belushi.
“Lauren Hutton/Rick James”
Lauren Hutton, star of American Gigolo hosts.
“Bernadette Peters/Billy Joel, The Go-Go's”
Golden Globe and Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters brings her many talents to SNL.
“Tim Curry/Meat Loaf and the Neverland Express”
Rocky Horror Picture Show star Tim Curry hosts, with special guest appearances by Bryant Gumbel and Meat Loaf.
“Bill Murray/The Spinners, Yale Whiffenpoofs”
SNL great Bill Murray returns to host the 1981 Christmas episode.
“Robert Conrad/Allman Brothers Band”
Star of TV's Wild Wild West Robert Conrad hosts.
“John Madden/Jennifer Holliday”
Football icon John Madden guest stars.
“James Coburn/Mick Fleetwood, Lindsay Buckingham”
Oscar-winner James Coburn hosts.
“Bruce Dern/Luther Vandross”
Prolific character actor Bruce Dern takes the spotlight as host.
“Elizabeth Ashley/Hall and Oates”
Tony-winner Elizabeth Ashley hosts,with a special performance by Harry Anderson.
“Robert Urich/Mink De Ville”
Longtime television staple Robert Urich hosts.
“Blythe Danner/Rickie Lee Jones”
Blythe Danner, multi-talented star of stage and screen comes to SNL.
“Daniel J. Travanti/John Cougar”
Hill Street Blues star Daniel Travanti hosts.
“Johnny Cash/Elton John”
Johnny Cash pulls double-duty as musical guest and host.
“Robert Culp/Charlie Daniels Band”
Actor/director/writer Robert Culp hosts.
The cast of Taxi (including Andy Kaufman) helps Danny DeVito host this 1982 episode.
Grease star and singer Olivia Newton-John hosts the season finale.