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Saturday Night Live (season 5)
Country of origin
No. of episodes 20
October 13, 1979
– May 24, 1980
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
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Blondie October 13, 1979
Steve Martin's seventh time as host
Blondie's only time as musical guest
Blondie performs "
Dreaming" and " The Hardest Part"
Bob Dylan October 20, 1979
Chicago November 3, 1979
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers November 10, 1979
Buck Henry's ninth time as host
This is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers's first time as musical guest
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers perform "
Refugee" and " Don't Do Me Like That"
The Roches November 17, 1979
Bea Arthur's only time as host
The Roches' only time as musical guest
The first episode as a featured player for Peter Aykroyd
The Roches perform "Bobby's Song" (from its second album, "
Nurds") and " The Hallelujah Chorus" (from its third album, " Keep On Doing")
Randy Newman December 8, 1979
Howard Hesseman's first time as host
Randy Newman's third time as musical guest (not including the "
Mardi Gras" special, in which he was billed as "Special Guest") Newman performs "It's Money That I Love", "I'm Gonna Take Off My Pants", and "The Story of a Rock and Roll Band"
David Bowie December 15, 1979
Desmond Child & Rouge December 22, 1979
Ted Knight's only time as host
Desmond Child & Rouge's only time as musical guest
Desmond Child & Rouge perform "Tumble In The Night" and "Goodbye Baby"
G.E. Smith plays backup guitar
The B-52's January 26, 1980
Marianne Faithfull Tom Scott February 9, 1980
Chevy Chase's second time as host
Marianne Faithfull and Tom Scott's only time as musical guests
Harry 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
Faithfull performs "Broken English" and "Guilt"
Chase and Scott perform "
Gary Numan February 16, 1980
Elliott Gould's fifth time as host
Gary Numan's only time as musical guest
A running gag where Father Guido Sarducci attempts to interview former President
Richard Nixon, and stakes out his New York apartment building Numan performs "
Cars" and "Praying to the Aliens"
Sam & Dave February 23, 1980
Kirk Douglas' only time as host
Sam & Dave's only time as musical guest
Sam & Dave performs "You Don't Know Like I Know" and "
The J. Geils Band March 8, 1980
Rodney Dangerfield's only time as host
The J. Geils Band's only time as musical guest
The J. Geils Band performs "
Love Stinks" and " Sanctuary"
David Sanborn March 15, 1980
No announced guest host
Paul Simon's second time as musical guest (though unbilled as such in the opening credits)
James Taylor's third time as musical guest (though unbilled as such in the opening credits)
David Sanborn's only time as musical guest
The show's 100th episode, featuring several cameos
Simon and Taylor perform "
Cathy's Clown", " Sunny Skies", and "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" David Sanborn performs "Anything You Want"
The Grateful Dead April 5, 1980
Richard Benjamin's second and final time as host
Paula Prentiss' only time as host
The Grateful Dead's second and final time as musical guest
The Grateful Dead performs "Alabama Getaway" and "Saint of Circumstance" (both from the album
Go To Heaven)
Anne Murray April 12, 1980
The Specials April 19, 1980
Strother Martin's only time as host, and his final television appearance before his death in August, 1980
The Specials' only time as musical guest
The Specials perform "Gangsters" and "
Too Much, Too Young"
The Amazing Rhythm Aces
Bruce Cockburn May 10, 1980
Bob Newhart's first time as host
The Amazing Rhythm Aces's first and only time as musical guest
Weekend Update commentary, " A Limo For A Lame-O", Franken laments that he does not 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 ] The Amazing Rhythm Aces performs "Who Will the Next Fool Be" and "
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
Steve Martin's eighth time as host
Paul McCartney's first time as musical guest
Linda McCartney's only time as musical guest
3-D's only time as musical guest
3-D performs "All-Night Television"
Andrae Crouch & the Voices of Unity May 24, 1980
Buck Henry's tenth and final time as host
Andrew Gold's only time as musical guest
Andrae Crouch's first time as musical guest
The Voices of Unity's only time as musical guest
The final episode as repertory cast members for
Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner The final episode as featured performers for
Peter Aykroyd, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Tom Schiller, Paul Shaffer, and Alan Zweibel The final episode as repertory cast member for
Harry Shearer until season ten The final episode as featured performers for
Brian Doyle-Murray until season 7, and for Al Franken and Don Novello until season 11
Lorne Michaels's final episode as executive producer until season 11 Andrew Gold performs "Kiss This One Goodbye"
Andrae Crouch & the Voices of Unity perform "Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus"
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