Saturday Night Live (season 5)
|Saturday Night Live (season 5)|
|The title card for the fifth season of Saturday Night Live.|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original release||October 13, 1979– May 24, 1980|
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 (unless appearing exclusively as Father Guido Sarducci), 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 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.
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.
|Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original air date|
|87||1||Steve Martin||Blondie||October 13, 1979|
|88||2||Eric Idle||Bob Dylan||October 20, 1979|
|89||3||Bill Russell||Chicago||November 3, 1979|
|90||4||Buck Henry||Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers||November 10, 1979|
|91||5||Bea Arthur||The Roches||November 17, 1979|
|92||6||Howard Hesseman||Randy Newman||December 8, 1979|
|93||7||Martin Sheen||David Bowie||December 15, 1979|
|94||8||Ted Knight||Desmond Child & Rouge||December 22, 1979|
|95||9||Teri Garr||The B-52's||January 26, 1980|
|96||10||Chevy Chase||Marianne Faithfull
|February 9, 1980|
|97||11||Elliott Gould||Gary Numan||February 16, 1980|
|98||12||Kirk Douglas||Sam & Dave||February 23, 1980|
|99||13||Rodney Dangerfield||The J. Geils Band||March 8, 1980|
|March 15, 1980|
|The Grateful Dead||April 5, 1980|
|102||16||Burt Reynolds||Anne Murray||April 12, 1980|
|103||17||Strother Martin||The Specials||April 19, 1980|
|104||18||Bob Newhart||The Amazing Rhythm Aces
|May 10, 1980|
|105||19||Steve Martin||3-D, Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney||May 17, 1980|
|106||20||Buck Henry||Andrew Gold
Andrae Crouch & the Voices of Unity
|May 24, 1980|
- "The SNL Archives: 1979-1980". Retrieved 8 April 2015.
- Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 124–127. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
- Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 26–27, 264. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
- Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad, Saturday Night, Beech Tree Books, 1986, p. 376
- Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 109. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
- Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 264. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
- "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.