Saturday Night Live: Season 4 (1978 - 1979)


Season 4
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Air date: Oct 7, 1978

This 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by The Rolling Stones, who also serve as the musical guest.

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Air date: Oct 14, 1978

This 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Fred Willard and features musical guest Devo.

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Air date: Oct 21, 1978

This 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Frank Zappa, who also serves as the musical guest.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1978

This 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Steve Martin and features musical guest Van Morrison.

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Air date: Nov 11, 1978

This 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Buck Henry and features musical guest the Grateful Dead.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1978

This 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Carrie Fisher, who sends-up her famous character of Princess Leia in the sketch "New Kid on Earth." The musical guest is The Blues Brothers.

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Air date: Dec 2, 1978

This 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Walter Matthau and features musical guest Garrett Morris.

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Air date: Dec 9, 1978

This 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Eric Idle and features musical guest Kate Bush.

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Air date: Dec 16, 1978

This 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Elliott Gould and features musical guest Peter Tosh with Mick Jagger.

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Air date: Jan 27, 1979

This 1979 episode of Saturday Night Live is guest-hosted by Michael Palin and features the Doobie Brothers as the musical guest.

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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.

Critic Reviews for Saturday Night Live Season 4

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This run of episodes has everything you could reasonably expect.

Apr 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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