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


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 | edit source]

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Dan Aykroyd
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John Belushi
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Chevy Chase
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George Coe
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Jane Curtin
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Garrett Morris
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Laraine Newman
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Michael O'Donoghue
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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 | edit source]

Episode
Number
Date Host Musical Guest(s)
1 October 11, 1975 George Carlin Billy Preston
Janis Ian
2 October 18, 1975 Paul Simon Randy Newman
Phoebe Snow
Art Garfunkel
Jessy Dixon Singers
3 October 25, 1975 Rob Reiner
4 November 8, 1975 Candice Bergen Esther Phillips
5 November 15, 1975 Robert Klein ABBA
Loudon Wainwright III
6 November 22, 1975 Lily Tomlin Lily Tomlin
Howard Shore
All Nurse Band
7 December 13, 1975 Richard Pryor Gil Scott-Heron
8 December 20, 1975 Candice Bergen Martha Reeves
The Stylistics
9 January 10, 1976 Elliott Gould Anne Murray
10 January 17, 1976 Buck Henry Bill Withers
Tony Basil
11 January 24, 1976 Peter Cook
Dudley Moore
Neil Sedaka
12 January 31, 1976 Dick Cavett Jimmy Cliff
13 February 14, 1976 Peter Boyle Al Jarreau
14 February 21, 1976 Desi Arnaz Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz Jr.
15 February 28, 1976 Jill Clayburgh Leon Redbone
The Idlers
16 March 13, 1976 Anthony Perkins Betty Carter
17 April 17, 1976 Ron Nessen Patti Smith
18 April 24, 1976 Raquel Welch Phoebe Snow
John Sebastian
19 May 8, 1976 Madeline Kahn Carly Simon
20 May 15, 1976 Dyan Cannon Leon and Mary Russell
21 May 22, 1976 Buck Henry Gordon Lightfoot
Garrett Morris
22 May 29, 1976 Elliott Gould Leon Redbone
Harlan Collins
Joyce Everson
23 July 24, 1976 Louise Lasser The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
24 July 31, 1976 Kris Kristofferson Rita Coolidge

Births[edit | edit source]

Mike O'Brien (June 22, 1976)

Navigation[edit | edit source]

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