DVD Release: Saturday Night Live: The Early Years, 1975-1980

DVD Release Date: Available now
Price: DVD $99.95
Studio: Time Life

Available now exclusively at TimeLife.com/SaturdayNightLive, Saturday Night Live: The Early Years, 1975-1980 is an impressive 12-disc DVD set that includes 33 complete episodes from the first five years of the seminal late night comedy-variety show.

The first five years of Saturday Night Live featured some of the most beloved cast members of all time, including Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, and Laraine Newman and they set the stage for some of the most hilarious live television comedy American audiences had ever seen.

Along with featuring such legendary guest hosts las George Carlin, Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin and Richard Pryor, the collection also includes bonus features and a 28-page collector’s booklet.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 33 Complete Episodes from Seasons 1-5
  • The original groundbreaking, irreverent, hilarious cast
  • All-time classic sketches including “Land Shark,” “Word Association,” “The Killer Bees,” “Super Bass-o-Matic,” “Weekend Update,” and so many more
  • Iconic characters including Coneheads, Samurai, Emily Litella, Chevy Chase as President Ford, Shower Mike, The Blues Brothers, Baba Wawa, Roseanne Roseannadanna, the Nerds, the wild and crazy Festrunk brothers, a singing King Tut, Father Guido Sarducci, Dan Aykroyd’s French Chef, and more!
  • Legendary guest hosts including Buck Henry, Madeline Kahn, Elliot Gould, Eric Idle, Candice Bergen, Charles Grodin, Robert Klein, Fred Willard, Carrie Fisher
  • Incredible musical guests such as Patti Smith,Carly Simon, Joe Cocker, The Band, Paul Simon, Santana, Frank Zappa, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Newman, Van Morrison, Blondie and more
  • Plus rare footage of the original cast, including screen tests and interviews
  • 28-Page Collector’s Book telling the story of the show and all of your favorite “Not Ready For Primetime Players”
  • FREE Bonus DVD with three classic episodes, including Chevy Chase’s return to SNL with music icon Billy Joel, plus the historic 100th episode!


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.