Thank you all for coming. Goodnight... and goodbye.
—Buck Henry on the season's last episode, May 24, 1980

Season 5 began in 1979 and ended in 1980. Since John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd had left the show at the end of the fourth season, many thought the show was coming to an end, but NBC was determined to keep it going.

Season 5 introduced the "featured players" cast category, which remains a part of the show today. Most of the original featured players were writers who had made many uncredited cameos throughout the show's first four seasons.

Cast[edit | edit source]


Not returning:

Repertory[edit | edit source]

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Jane Curtin
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Garrett Morris
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Bill Murray
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Laraine Newman
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Gilda Radner

Featured[edit | edit source]

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Peter Aykroyd
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Tom Davis
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Jim Downey
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Brian Doyle-Murray
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Al Franken
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Don Novello
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Tom Schiller
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Paul Shaffer
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Harry Shearer
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Alan Zweibel

Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Harry Shearer: Promoted to Repertory Player as of February 9
  • Peter Aykroyd: First January 26
  • Brian Doyle-Murray: First January 26
  • Tom Schiller: First April 19
  • Alan Zweibel: First April 19

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Mikey Day (March 20, 1980)

Casey Wilson (October 24, 1980)

Preceded by:
Season 4
Season 5
(1979 - 1980)
Followed by:
Season 6

Navigation[edit | edit source]

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