Live, from New York... it's Saturday Night!
—Chevy Chase's opening of the first episode, October 11, 1975

Season 1
Premier: October 11, 1975
Last episode: July 31, 1976
Episodes: 24
Weekend Update anchor(s): Chevy Chase
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Season 1 of Saturday Night Live then called NBC's Saturday Night began on October 11, 1975. It premiered with George Carlin, and ended with Kris Kristofferson. It was aired from 1975-1976. Lorne Michaels originally wanted it to be called Saturday Night Live, but NBC aired it as NBC's Saturday Night. Started with NBC Television Network it plans.

Cast: The Not Ready for Prime Time Players Edit

Akroyd crop
Dan Aykroyd
Belushi in Animal House crop
John Belushi
SNL Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford-cropped
Chevy Chase
George Coe
Jane Curtin
Garret-morris crop
Garrett Morris
Laraine Newman
Michael O'Donoghue
Gilda Radner
  • George Coe: Only October 11; also mentioned in the credits January 24
  • Michael O'Donoghue: Only October 11, October 25, and November 8; featured guest January 17 and May 22

Episodes Edit

Date Host Musical Guest(s)
1October 11, 1975George CarlinBilly Preston
Janis Ian
2October 18, 1975Paul SimonRandy Newman
Phoebe Snow
Art Garfunkel
Jessy Dixon Singers
3October 25, 1975Rob Reiner
4November 8, 1975Candice BergenEsther Phillips
5November 15, 1975Robert KleinABBA
Loudon Wainwright III
6November 22, 1975Lily TomlinLily Tomlin
Howard Shore
All Nurse Band
7December 13, 1975Richard PryorGil Scott-Heron
8December 20, 1975Candice BergenMartha Reeves
The Stylistics
9January 10, 1976Elliott GouldAnne Murray
10January 17, 1976Buck HenryBill Withers
Tony Basil
11January 24, 1976Peter Cook
Dudley Moore
Neil Sedaka
12January 31, 1976Dick CavettJimmy Cliff
13February 14, 1976Peter BoyleAl Jarreau
14February 21, 1976Desi ArnazDesi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz Jr.
15February 28, 1976Jill ClayburghLeon Redbone
The Idlers
16March 13, 1976Anthony PerkinsBetty Carter
17April 17, 1976Ron NessenPatti Smith
18April 24, 1976Raquel WelchPhoebe Snow
John Sebastian
19May 8, 1976Madeline KahnCarly Simon
20May 15, 1976Dyan CannonLeon and Mary Russell
21May 22, 1976Buck HenryGordon Lightfoot
Garrett Morris
22May 29, 1976Elliott GouldLeon Redbone
Harlan Collins
Joyce Everson
23July 24, 1976Louise LasserThe Preservation Hall Jazz Band
24July 31, 1976Kris KristoffersonRita Coolidge


Mike O'Brien (June 22, 1976)


Preceded by:
Season One
(1975 - 1976)
Followed by:
Season 2
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