Saturday Night Live (season 5) - Episodes


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Saturday Night Live season 5 episodes
# Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
87 1 Steve Martin Blondie October 13, 1979
Blondie performs "Dreaming" and "The Hardest Part." Harry Shearer's first episode as a cast member. Jim Downey and Paul Shaffer make guest appearances. Buck Henry appears in the "Rise" commercial parody with Steve Martin. Father Guido Sarducci appears during Weekend Update and announces the start of the "Find the Popes in the Pizza" contest, where the viewer would try to find all the hidden popes within the picture.
88 2 Eric Idle Bob Dylan October 20, 1979
Buck Henry appears in the cold opening. Bob Dylan performs "Gotta Serve Somebody," "I Believe in You," and "When You Gonna Wake Up."
89 3 Bill Russell Chicago November 3, 1979
Chicago performs "Street Player" and a cover of The Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man."
90 4 Buck Henry Tom Petty November 10, 1979
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performs "Refugee" and "Don't Do Me Like That." The winner of the "Find the Popes in the Pizza" contest is announced by Father Guido Sarducci on Weekend Update.
91 5 Bea Arthur The Roches November 17, 1979
Peter Aykroyd's first episode as a cast member. The Roches performs "Bobby's Song" (from the band's second album Nurds) and "The Hallelujah Chorus," from its third album Keep On Doing.
92 6 Howard Hesseman Randy Newman December 8, 1979
Al Franken debuts "Al Franken Decade" sketch on Weekend Update.
93 7 Martin Sheen David Bowie December 15, 1979
David Bowie performs "The Man Who Sold the World", "TVC 15" and "Boys Keep Swinging." Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias make guest appearances; singing backup for Bowie. Brian Doyle-Murray, Alan Zweibel and Tom Schiller's first episode as cast members.
94 8 Ted Knight Desmond Child & Rouge December 22, 1979
Andy Kaufman mat-wrestles a woman on stage, stating that if he loses he would shave his head bald on SNL. Kaufman wins the match. Wrestler and WWE Hall of Famer "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers appears as Andy's manager. G.E. Smith plays backup guitar for Desmond Child & Rouge.
95 9 Teri Garr The B-52's January 26, 1980
The B-52's performs "Rock Lobster" and "Dance This Mess Around." Congressman and 1980 Republican Presidential candidate John B. Anderson has a cameo in a sketch.
96 10 Chevy Chase Marianne Faithfull February 9, 1980
Harry Shearer's first introduction as a member of the main cast rather than as a featured performer. In his monologue, Chase discusses the altercation he had with Bill Murray during his previous hosting experience in season three and invites Murray onstage to make peace and sing a duet. Bert Convy appears as the mystery guest on the "You Can't Win" sketch. Marianne Faithfull performs "Broken English" and "Guilt." Chevy Chase performs "Sixteen Tons."
97 11 Elliott Gould Gary Numan February 16, 1980
Gary Numan performs "Cars" and "Praying to the Aliens." This episode features a running gag where Father Guido Sarducci attempts to interview former President Richard Nixon in New York. He only manages to get a very brief appearance at the very end of the show after the credits roll. Sketches include a Wizard of Oz parody called "The Incredible Man."
98 12 Kirk Douglas Sam & Dave February 23, 1980
Sam and Dave performs "You Don't Know Like I Know" and "Soul Man."
99 13 Rodney Dangerfield The J. Geils Band March 8, 1980
Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow appear on the Celebrity Corner on Weekend Update.
100 14 (none) James Taylor
Paul Simon
David Sanborn
March 15, 1980
The show celebrates its 100th episode without a guest host. John Belushi and Michael O'Donoghue make appearances in the cold opening. Bill Murray's monologue features a musical tribute to New York City. U.S. New York Senator Daniel P. Moynihan appears in two sketches. Ralph Nader appears on "Weekend Update." Michael Palin makes a guest appearance in the sketch "Talk or Die." Belushi also appears in the sketch, "The Minstrels of Newcastle." Paul Simon and James Taylor perform "Cathy's Clown", "Sunny Skies", and "Take Me to the Mardi Gras." David Sanborn performs "Anything You Want."
101 15 Richard Benjamin
Paula Prentiss
The Grateful Dead April 5, 1980
The Grateful Dead performs "Alabama Getaway" and "Saint of Circumstance."
102 16 Burt Reynolds Anne Murray April 12, 1980
The episode features a sketch where a man in ancient Rome (Burt Reynolds) tries to pick up women at a vomitorium.
103 17 Strother Martin The Specials April 19, 1980
104 18 Bob Newhart Amazing Rhythm Aces with Bill Murray
Bruce Cockburn
May 10, 1980
Al Franken does a "Limo For A Lame-O" commentary during Weekend Update.
105 19 Steve Martin 3-D
Paul McCartney
Linda McCartney
May 17, 1980
The episode features the world premiere of McCartney's then-current single "Coming Up" music video. 3-D performs "All-Night Television." Father Guido Sarducci tries to interview Paul and Linda McCartney in London.
106 20 Buck Henry Andrew Gold
Andrae Crouch & the Voices of Unity
May 24, 1980

This is the final program produced by Lorne Michaels until his return in the 1985-1986 season. Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Garrett Morris, Peter Aykroyd, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Tom Schiller, Paul Shaffer and Alan Zweibel's final episode as cast members.

  • Final appearance of Harry Shearer as a cast member until the 10th season, of Al Franken until the 11th season, of Brian Doyle-Murray until the 7th season, and of Don Novello until the 11th season.

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