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Saturday Night Live (season 5)
Country of origin
No. of episodes
October 13, 1979
– May 24, 1980
Home video release
Region 1 December 1, 2009
fifth season of , an American Saturday Night Live sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between October 13, 1979, and May 24, 1980.
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 featured cast member status: Peter Aykroyd (Dan's brother), Jim Downey, Brian Doyle-Murray (Bill's brother), 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 season was also the first to have two members of the same family as cast members, (
Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray).
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 (Franken would also return as a writer).
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
Featured cast members announced and shown during the "Opening Introductions" varied from week to week, as noted below in each episode's description.
Writers [ edit ]
As previously mentioned, Michaels upgraded many of the show's writers to cast member status, including Aykroyd, Downey, Doyle-Murray, Novello, Schiller and Zweibel. Doyle-Murray would be the only one to return, as a writer, in the following season.
This season's writers were Peter Aykroyd, Anne Beatts, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Al Franken, Tom Gammill, Lorne Michaels, Matt Neuman, Don Novello, Sarah Paley, Max Pross, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Harry Shearer, Rosie Shuster and Alan Zweibel. The head writer was Herb Sargent.
Episodes [ edit ]
Saturday Night Live season 5 episodes
Blondie October 13, 1979
- This is Martin's seventh time as host.
Blondie performs "
- This is Blondie's only time as musical guest. Dreaming" and " The Hardest Part".
Bob Dylan October 20, 1979
- This is Idle's fourth and final time as host.
Bob Dylan performs "
- This is Dylan's only time as musical guest. Gotta Serve Somebody", " I Believe in You", and "When You Gonna Wake Up".
Chicago November 3, 1979
- This is Russell's only time as host.
Chicago performs a cover of
- This is Chicago's only time as musical guest. The Spencer Davis Group's " I'm a Man" and " Street Player".
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers November 10, 1979
- This is Henry's ninth time as host.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performs "
- This is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers's first time as musical guest. Refugee" and " Don't Do Me Like That".
The Roches November 17, 1979
- This is Arthur's only time as host.
The Roches performs "Bobby's Song" (from its second album, "
- This is The Roches's only time as musical guest.
- This is the first episode as a featured player for Peter Aykroyd. Nurds") and " The Hallelujah Chorus" (from its third album, " Keep On Doing").
Randy Newman December 8, 1979
- This is Hesseman's first time as host.
Randy Newman performs "It's Money That I Love", "I'm Gonna Take Off My Pants", and "The Story of a Rock and Roll Band".
- This is Newman's third time as musical guest (not including the " Mardi Gras" special, in which he was billed as "Special Guest").
David Bowie December 15, 1979
- This is Sheen's only time as host.
David Bowie performs "
- This is Bowie's first time as musical guest.
- This is the first episode as featured players for Doyle-Murray, Zweibel, and Schiller. The Man Who Sold the World", " TVC 15", and " Boys Keep Swinging".
Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias make guest appearances as backup singers.
Desmond Child & Rouge December 22, 1979
- This is Knight's only time as host.
Desmond Child & Rouge performs "Tumble In The Night" and "Goodbye Baby".
- This is Desmond Child & Rouge's only time as musical guest.
G.E. Smith plays backup guitar.
The B-52's January 26, 1980
- This is Garr's first time as host.
The B-52's performs "
- This is The B-52's first time as musical guest. Rock Lobster" and " Dance This Mess Around".
Marianne Faithfull and Tom Scott February 9, 1980
- This is Chase's second time as host.
Faithfull performs "Broken English" and "Guilt". Chase and Scott perform "
- This is Faithfull's only time as musical guest.
- This is Scott's only time as musical guest.
- This is Shearer's first episode as a member of the main repertory cast rather than as a featured performer.
- New opening montage, featuring all cast members in rolling still images in a bar setting. Sixteen Tons".
Gary Numan February 16, 1980
- This is Gould's fifth time as host.
Gary Numan performs "
- This is Numan's only time as musical guest.
- This episode features a running gag where Father Guido Sarducci attempts to interview former President Richard Nixon, and stakes out his New York apartment building. Cars" and "Praying to the Aliens".
Sam & Dave February 23, 1980
- This is Douglas's only time as host.
Sam and Dave performs "You Don't Know Like I Know" and "
- This is Sam & Dave's only time as musical guest. Soul Man."
The J. Geils Band March 8, 1980
- This is Dangerfield's only time as host.
The J. Geils Band performs "
- This is The J. Geils Band's only time as musical guest. Love Stinks" and " Sanctuary"
David Sanborn March 15, 1980
- There is no announced guest host.
Simon and Taylor perform "
- This is Simon's second time as musical guest (though unbilled as such in the opening credits).
- This is Taylor's third time as musical guest (though unbilled as such in the opening credits).
- This is Sanborn's only time as musical guest.
- The show celebrates its 100th episode, and features several cameos. Cathy's Clown", " Sunny Skies", and "Take Me to the Mardi Gras". David Sanborn performs "Anything You Want".
The Grateful Dead April 5, 1980
- This is Benjamin's second and final time as host.
The Grateful Dead performs "Alabama Getaway" and "Saint of Circumstance" (both from the album
- This is Prentiss's only time as host.
- This is The Grateful Dead's second and final time as musical guest. Go To Heaven).
Anne Murray April 12, 1980
- This is Reynolds' only time as host.
Murray sings "
- This is Murray's second and final time as musical guest. Lucky Me" and " Why Don't You Stick Around"
The Specials April 19, 1980
- This is Martin's only time as host, and his final television appearance before his death in August, 1980.
The Specials perform "Gangsters" and "
- This is The Specials' only time as musical guest. Too Much, Too Young"
The Amazing Rhythm Aces
Bruce Cockburn May 10, 1980
- This is Newhart's first time as host.
The Amazing Rhythm Aces performs "Who Will the Next Fool Be" and "
- This is The Amazing Rhythm Aces's first and only time as musical guest.
- In a Weekend Update commentary, " A Limo For A Lame-O", Franken laments that he doesn't have limo service like NBC president Fred Silverman, despite the network's poor ratings and shaky finances under Silverman's leadership. This ruined Franken's slim chance of succeeding Lorne Michaels as the show's executive producer. [2 ] Third Rate Romance" (Joined by Murray on the Maracas). Cockburn performs " Wondering Where the Lions Are".
3-D, Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney May 17, 1980
- This is Martin's eighth time as host.
3-D performs "All-Night Television".
- This is Paul McCartney's first time as musical guest.
- This is Linda McCartney's only time as musical guest.
- This is 3-D's only time as musical guest.
Andrae Crouch & the Voices of Unity May 24, 1980
- This is Henry's tenth and final time as host.
Andrew Gold performs "Kiss This One Goodbye". Andrae Crouch & the Voices of Unity perform "Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus".
- This is Gold's only time as musical guest.
- This is Crouch's first time as musical guest.
- This is The Voices of Unity's only time as musical guest.
- This is the final episode as repertory cast members for Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner
- This is the final episode as featured performers for Peter Aykroyd, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Tom Schiller, Paul Shaffer, and Alan Zweibel
- This is the final episode as repertory cast member for Harry Shearer until Season 10
- This is the final episode as featured performers for Brian Doyle-Murray until Season 7, and for Al Franken and Don Novello until Season 11
- This is Lorne Michaels's final episode as executive producer until Season 11
DVD release [ edit ]
SNL's fifth season was released on DVD on December 1, 2009. There are no plans to release any further seasons. [3 ] [4 ]
References [ edit ]
^ "The SNL Archives: 1979-1980" . Retrieved . 8 April 2015
^ Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad, Saturday Night, Beech Tree Books, 1986, p. 376
^ "Saturday Night Live: Season 5, 1979-1980". Amazon . Retrieved . March 5, 2015
^ Lambert, David (November 4, 2010). "Saturday Night Live - Season Set Outlook is Not So Good for SNL, Studio Says". TV Shows on DVD . Retrieved . March 5, 2015