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Saturday Night Live: The Complete Second Season, 1976-1977

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  1. mwreview "mwreview" says:
    140 of 143 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “There’s a thin line between comedy and humor”–Gags Beasley (Jack Burns), November 3, 2007
    mwreview “mwreview” (Northern California, USA) –
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    This review is from: Saturday Night Live: The Complete Second Season, 1976-1977 (DVD)

    I’ve been looking forward to this release as it includes the guest hosting performance of my favorite Jack Burns! It is terrific that they are finally getting full seasons out of SNL instead of compilation best of sets so that those, like myself, who want an episode featuring a legend (or perhaps a forgotten personality) from the past can get it in awesome DVD quality instead of settling for grainy unofficial recordings. There are lots of legends from the ’70s guest hosting in this season including Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton. Revisit or perhaps see for the first time the SNL days with Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Laraine Newton, Dan Aykroyd etc. For a sneak peek at the best SNL episode ever (that just so happens to be on this season set), check out my webpage “Jack Burns Hosts Saturday Night Live.”

    Here’s what’s on this season:
    1. Lily Tomlin/James Taylor (First aired: 9/18/1976)
    Sketches include “Lily Won’t Rehearse,” “Debate ’76,” “The Muppet Morgue,” “The Phone Company,” “Women In Literature,” “Tess DiSenzo,” “Judith Beasley,” “Television Viewer” (film), and “The Antler Dance.” James Taylor performed “Shower the People,” “Roadrunner,” and “Sweet Baby James.”
    2. Norman Lear/Boz Scaggs First aired: 9/25/1976
    Sketches include “Gilda’s Fall,” “Norman Fell’s Actors” (film), “Jimmy Carter’s Libido,” “The Snakehandling O’Sheas,” “Chevy’s Girls,” “Joseph Franklin’s Metric Week,” “Yankee Doodle Slapstick” (film) “Abusive Divorce Lawyer,” “Rhodesian Peace Talks,” “Norman’s Joke,” and “Spanish Peanuts” (film). Boz Skaggs performed “Lowdown” and “What Can I Say.”
    3. Eric Idle/Joe Cocker and Stuff (First aired: 10/2/1976)
    Sketches include “Hospitalized Chevy Confronts An Impostor,” “Designer Babies,” “KLOG Deejay,” “The Killer Bees,” “Cufflinks of the Gods,” “Drag is Not Funny,” “Dragnet,” “Drag Racing Today,” “Jacques Cousteau,” and “Ken Norton is Better Than Muhammad Ali.” Joe Cocker and John Belushi perform “Feelin’ Alright.”
    4. Karen Black/John Prine (First aired: 10/16/1976)
    Sketches include “Chevy Returns,” “Baba Wawa at Large,” “Debate ’76,” “Triple-Trac,” “A*M*I*S*H,” “Cancer-Free Cupcakes,” “Love, Russian Style,” “Nightclub Owner” (film), “The Lunch Counter Reunion,” “Mr. Bill’s Stunt” (film), and “Ode to American Coinage.” John Prine performed “Hello In There,” “The Bottomless Lake,” and “Ten Cents a Dance.”
    5. Steve Martin/Kinky Friedman (First aired: 10/23/1976)
    Sketches include “Yankees Lose,” “Speak Out For Milk,” “Jeopardy 1999!,” “Fido-Flex,” “Beatnik Bar,” “Looks At Books,” “Autumn in New York” (film), “Ted Baxter Kills Mary Richards,” “Mysteries In Medicine,” and two monologues by Steve Martin. Kinky Friedman performed “Dear Abby.”

    6. Buck Henry/The Band (First aired: 10/30/1976)
    Sketches include “Trick or Treating Land Shark,” “Not For First Ladies Only,” “Samurai Stockbroker,” “Garrett Morris’ Roots,” “Debate ’76,” “Super Bat-O-Matic 77,” “The OintMENt,” “Mr. Mike’s Least Loved Bedtime Tales,” “Buck’s Halloween Costume” (film), and “Houdini’s Ghost.” The Band performed “Life is a Carnival,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Stage Fright,” and “Georgia on My Mind.”
    7. Dick Cavett/Ry Cooder (First aired: 11/13/1976)
    Sketches include “Chroma-Trak Girl,” “Puppy Uppers and Doggie Downers,” “Nixon’s Watergate Frame-up,” “The Marines,” “Crossroads,” “Grandparent Bees,” “Mr. Mike’s Least Loved Bedtime Tales: ‘The Blind Chicken’,” “Mobile Shrink,” “How Things Work,” “Paramount Novelty Store” (film) and “Franken & Davis’ Funny Word Survey.” Ry Cooder performed “Tattler” and “He’ll Have To Go.”
    8. Paul Simon/George Harrison (First aired: 11/20/1976)
    Sketches include “Paul’s Monologue Worries,” “Quarry,” “Baba Wawa At Large,” “The Twilite Zone,” “Crackerbox Palace” (film), “The Story of Billy Paul,” “Tomorrow with Tom Snyder,” and “This Song” (film). Paul Simon performed “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” “Here Comes The Sun” and “Homeward Bound” (with George Harrison), “Something So Right” and “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”
    9. Jodie Foster/Brian Wilson (First aired: 11/27/1976)
    Sketches include “Phasing Out Gilda,” “Pilson’s Feedbag Dinners,” “Bee Peter Pan,” “Puberty Helper,” “Metal Detector,” “What Kinda Guy Watches Saturday Night?,” “Laraine’s Little Known Talent,” “Don Pardo: The First 50 Years,” “Jodie’s Teacher,” “Kids’ Dreams” (film), “The King Kong Dirge,” “I’m Not Black,” and “Mr. Mike’s Least-Loved Bedtime Tales: The Little Train That Died.” Brian Wilson performed “Back Home,” “Love is a Woman,” and “Good Vibrations.”
    10. Candice Bergen/Frank Zappa (First aired: 12/11/1976)
    Sketches include “Patty Hearst At Home,” “Jimmy Carter Can’t Keep His Promises,” “Santi-Wrap,” “Consumer Probe,” “The Right to Extreme Stupidity League,” “FX-70 Cheese Slicer,” “The Killer Trees,” “Adopt John Belushi For Christmas,” and…

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  2. Trey Holt says:
    75 of 78 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Complete Second Season!, September 10, 2007
    Trey Holt (Pampa, TX USA) –
    This review is from: Saturday Night Live: The Complete Second Season, 1976-1977 (DVD)

    Season 1 of Saturday Night Live had some memorable moments, but Season 2 had even more! Included are the first time comedy legend Steve Martin hosted the show, the first appearance of Bill Murray’s famous ‘Nick the Lounge Singer’ character, the time that John Belushi did his Joe Cocker Impression alongside Joe Cocker himself, Lily Tomlin’s hilarious commercial for ‘The Phone Company’, and much more! Here is a list of the episodes in order of their original airdates(Along with notes on the major cast changes):

    1. Lily Tomlin/James Taylor
    2. Norman Lear/Boz Scaggs
    3. Eric Idle/Joe Cocker,Stuff
    4. Karen Black/John Prine
    5. Steve Martin/Kinky Friedman
    6. Buck Henry/The Band (Chevy Chase’s Last Episode To Be ‘Weekend Update’ Anchor)
    7. Dick Cavett/Ry Cooder (Jane Curtin’s First Episode To Be ‘Weekend Update’ Anchor)
    8. Paul Simon
    9. Jodie Foster/Brian Wilson (Chevy Chase’s Last Episode)
    10. Candice Bergen/Frank Zappa
    11. Ralph Nader/George Benson (Bill Murray’s First Episode)
    12. Ruth Gordon/Chuck Berry
    13. Frank Tarkenton/Leo Sayer,Donny Harper,& The Voices of Tomorrow
    14. Steve Martin/The Kinks
    15. Sissy Spacek/Richard Baskin
    16. Broderick Crawford/The Meters,Dr. John,Levon Helm,Paul Butterfield
    17. Jack Burns/Santana
    18. Julian Bond/Tom Waits,Brick
    19. Elliott Gould/The McGarrigle Sisters,Roslyn Kind
    20. Eric Idle/Alan Price,Neil Innes
    21. Shelley Duvall/Joan Armatrading
    22. Buck Henry/Jennifer Warnes,Kenny Vance

    Another possible episode to be featured on this set is the live special from Mardi Gras, but only time will tell if it will be included.

    Bottom line, I am really looking forward to this set!

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  3. Brian Himes says:
    38 of 40 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Here Come The Coneheads!!!, December 6, 2007
    Brian Himes

    This review is from: Saturday Night Live: The Complete Second Season, 1976-1977 (DVD)

    I am absolutely thrilled that we are getting another complete season of Saturday Night Live. This season is where the show really started to gell into the show that everyone remembers.

    I’ve only watched the first 4 discs of this set, but so far it has been great. Even better than season one. This season marks the birth of the Coneheads. Jane Curtin takes over Weekend Update after Chevy Chase leaves the show. Lots of great moments.

    The only thing that I find disapointing is the people that continue to complain about the long wait between seasons and the price of the sets. In case no one has bothered to address the issue, here it is in black and white. Music licensing issues. Come on folks. You complain that TV shows on DVD are constantly replacing or deleating music and when a company bends over backwards to make sure that each and every piece of music is inclued in the set, then you complain about the price. Sorry but in this case you can’t have your cake and eat it too. The same goes for the so called ‘long wait’ between seasons. It takes a lot of time to negotiate those pesky music rights. I know, reality bites doesn’t it? I, for one, don’t mind the long wait. If this is what it takes for Universal to give me complete uncut seasons of this great show, then fine. I’ll fork over the $50.00+ dollars for the set and wait patiently for the next season. End of rant.

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