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

Season 5
Premier: October 13, 1979
Last episode: May 24, 1980
Episodes: 20
Weekend Update anchor(s): Jane Curtin and Bill Murray
Previous Season 4
Next Season 6

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


Not returning:


Jane s5
Jane Curtin
Garrett s5
Garrett Morris
Bill s5
Bill Murray
Laraine s5
Laraine Newman
Gilda s5
Gilda Radner


Peter s5
Peter Aykroyd
Tom s5
Tom Davis
Jim s5
Jim Downey
Brian s5
Brian Doyle-Murray
Al s5
Al Franken
Don s5
Don Novello
Toms s5
Tom Schiller
Paul s5
Paul Shaffer
Harry s5
Harry Shearer
Alan s5
Alan Zweibel


  • 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


Mikey Day (March 20, 1980)

Casey Wilson (October 24, 1980)

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


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