Saturday Night Live: Season 4 (1978 - 1979)


Season 4
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Air date: Oct 7, 1978
Air date: Oct 14, 1978
Air date: Oct 21, 1978
Air date: Nov 4, 1978
Air date: Nov 11, 1978
Air date: Nov 18, 1978
Air date: Dec 2, 1978
Air date: Dec 9, 1978
Air date: Dec 16, 1978
Air date: Jan 27, 1979
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Season 4 is the last hurrah for John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as members of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players (which also consist of Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner) as they dish out more over-the-top comedy, joined by musical acts and such hosts as usual suspects Buck Henry and Steve Martin and vintage stars Milton Berle and Maureen Stapleton. The season gets under way with Ed Koch, New York's bombastic mayor, honoring Belushi with a "City of New York Certificate of Merit" for the success of Belushi's classic comedy film "Animal House." The same episode includes a spirited set by the Rolling Stones, who also appear in a few skits, and introduces new "Weekend Update" coanchor Murray alongside Curtin. Season 4's memorable bits include a "China Syndrome" parody; Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) dropping in on Frankie Avalon (Murray) and Annette Funicello (Radner) at the beach; a "Twilight Zone" takeoff with Rick Nelson; Julia Child (Aykroyd) bleeding to death; and Richard Nixon (Aykroyd) trying to convince his family that the Watergate tapes were meant as a joke; plus the ongoing "Mr. Bill" films and visits from "Vatican correspondent" Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello). In addition to Berle, Fisher, Henry, Martin, Nelson and Stapleton, hosts include Monty Python's Eric Idle and Michael Palin; Frank Zappa (who does double duty as musical guest); Gary Busey; Elliott Gould; Kate Jackson; Margot Kidder; Walter Matthau; Cicely Tyson; and Fred Willard. Other musical acts include jazz legend Eubie Blake; the Blues Brothers; Kate Bush; Judy Collins; Devo; the Doobie Brothers; the Grateful Dead; Rickie Lee Jones; Bette Midler; Van Morrison; Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow; Talking Heads; James Taylor; and Peter Tosh.


Buck Henry
as Host
The Rolling Stones
as Host/Musical Guest
Frank Zappa
as Host/Musical Guest
Ricky Nelson
as Host/Musical Guest
Don Novello
as Father Guido Sarducci
Bette Midler
as Musical Guest
Mick Jagger
as Musical Guest
Eubie Blake
as Musical Guest
The Grateful Dead
as Musical Guest
The Blues Brothers
as Musical Guest
Talking Heads
as Musical Guest
Kate Bush
as Musical Guest
Gregory Hines
as Musical Guest
Ornette Coleman
as Musical Guest
Rickie Lee Jones
as Musical Guest
Delbert McClinton
as Musical Guest
Linda Ronstadt
as Musical Guest
The Doobie Brothers
as Musical Guest
Peter Tosh
as Musical Guest
as Musical Guest
The Chieftains
as Musical Guest
Van Morrison
as Musical Guest
Phoebe Snow
as Musical Guest
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