Saturday Night Live: The 1970s

1975 TV-14 5 seasons

Saturday Night Live: The 1970s

1975 TV-14 5 seasons
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The groundbreaking variety show's first five seasons introduce American audiences to original "SNL" cast members such as Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner and John Belushi, who pull off hilarious scripted and improvised skits, lampoons and impersonations.
Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, George Coe, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Michael O'Donoghue, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Harry Shearer, Tom Davis, Al Franken
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5

Summary of Season 1 (1975) - 8 discs

Killer bees, land sharks, the Blues Brothers and Mr. Bill take over the stage in SNL's Emmy-winning first season, which introduced the world to Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Dan Akroyd and the rest of the original cast. The premiere season's unforgettable skits include the Bass-O-Matic commercial, Chase's impersonation of Gerald Ford and samurai divorce court. Andy Kaufman, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Carly Simon and many others guest star.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that much of this sketch show's sexual, political, and racial humor may be too mature for some kids -- but it could also fly right over their head. Stereotypes abound, from ditzy girls to angry black men, and they're treated with differing levels of social critique -- some shallow, some deeper. Due to the show's live nature, occasional curse words or other unplanned activity occurs (such as when Sinead O'Connor ripped up a photograph of the Pope on air). Many parents may remember their own experiences with SNL growing up and should know that, if anything, the show is tamer now than it was in its early years.

Sexual Content

Some obviously simulated sex, provocative outfits, lots of sexual banter and innuendo.


No major violence. Occasional pretend hitting or kicking, but only in an exaggerated, funny way.


Lots of sexual language and humor. Plenty of mild cursing ("bitch," "hell," "damn," etc.). Lots of plays on words with sexual/racial themes.

Social Behavior

This show is all about satire and parody -- so plenty of iffy behavior appears, but usually within the context of making fun of it.


Hosts promote their movies, TV shows, or albums; musical guests promote their albums.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Discussion of and simulated use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco within comedy sketches. Not a major part of the show.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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