On October 11, 1975, NBC premiered a show called NBC’s Saturday Night. It featured a cast including Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, George Coe and Michael O’Donoghue and was produced by Lorne Michaels. In 1976, NBC purchased the name Saturday Night Live and in 1997 changed the name of the show. It quickly became a staple of late night television and is obviously still running. The show has had over 130 different players. However, the ’70s cast (which eventually included Bill Murray) is thought by many to be the best.
Gilda Radner, Desi Arnaz and Chevy Chase
Ron Nessen and Chevy Chase
Lorne Michaels, Jane Curtin, and Dan Aykroyd
Lorne Michaels and Bea Arthur
Buck Henry and Chevy Chase
George Wendt, Francis Ford Coppola and Al Camoin
Fran Tarkenton and Chevy Chase
Gilda Radner, Desi Arnaz, and Chevy Chase
John Belushi and Desi Arnaz
Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Jane Curtin, and Steve Martin
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