I’m still on my hiatus from blogging, but I’m actually getting a few ideas about what I’m going to do once I come back to updating this page on a regular basis. Yes, this includes more classic SNL episode reviews.
I’m still trying to narrow down which season I’m going to review next: I’m thinking of doing either 1982-83 (the next Ebersol season), 1985-86 (an unusual season, with enough post-production work done to the reruns as to make them seem like two different shows), or 1988-89 (a great season all all around).
I have each of these seasons in some form or another. However, for a number of these episodes I only have edited rerun versions which may be missing sketches. As well, for the 1985 and later shows, these repeats have some post-production work done, including dress rehearsal substitutions.
If anyone has the following episodes from their original airing, please contact me so we can arrange a trade:
Chevy Chase / Queen (September 25, 1982 – there may be a “running late” filler segment that’s cut from reruns)
Robert Blake / Kenny Loggins (November 13, 1982 – rerun is missing “Best Little Whorehouse On The Prairie”, “Blue Lagoon”, “No More Andy Kaufman” and part of Saturday Night News is edited)
Eddie Murphy / Lionel Richie (December 11, 1982 – rerun is missing A Special Christmas Message. I have a Frankenstein-edit from Comedy Central but prefer original broadcast)
Bruce Dern / Leon Redbone (March 12, 1983 -rerun is missing The Buckwheat Story promo)
Susan Saint James / Michael McDonald (April 16, 1983 – rerun has part of Eddie Murphy’s “killing time” segment edited, and “ass” censored out of Magic Fish Negotiation).
Chevy Chase / Sheila E (November 16, 1985)
Ron Reagan / The Nelsons (February 8, 1986)
George Wendt & Francis Ford Coppola / Philip Glass (March 22, 1986)
Tony Danza / Laurie Anderson (April 19, 1986 – rerun is missing Cliff Robertson AT&T Commercial parody)
Jimmy Breslin / Level 42, E.G. Daily (May 17, 1986)
Wayne Gretzky / Fine Young Cannibals (May 13, 1989)
Steve Martin / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (May 20, 1989)
How to tell if an episode is an original airing:
-No disclaimer in the opening montage (shows before 1986) or before the cold opening (shows after 1986).
-Don Pardo will either have a voiceover announcing the next show over the goodnights, or they are cut off by an NBC promo.
-Most bumpers in the original live shows (after 1985) are silent; in reruns, they have the SNL band’s music.