October 11, 1975
Season 1 episode
Episode 1
Season Episode 1
Host George Carlin
Musical Guest(s) Billy Preston
Janis Ian
Song(s) performed by Musical Guest(s) Billy Preston:
"Nothing From Nothing"
"Fancy Lady"
Janis Ian:
"At Seventeen"
"In The Winter"
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On October 11, 1975, the first episode of then called "NBC's Saturday Night" aired. It was hosted by George Carlin. Carlin never performed in any sketches, only to perform stand-up throughout the show.


The Not Ready For Primetime PlayersEdit

Bit Players (Uncredited)Edit


Special GuestsEdit

Sketches Edit

 Cold Open   Sketch   Pretaped/Digital Short   Weekend Update   Music Performance   Other 

Title Image Summary
Wolverines Wolverines-10-11-75 SNL's inaugural sketch features a teacher (Michael O'Donaghue) tutoring English to an immigrant student (John Belushi). Eager to learn, the immigrant mimics his teacher down to the finest detail. Chevy Chase appears as a stagehand at the end.
George Carlin Monologue George-carlin-monologue-10-11-75 After entering the stage through the audience, Carlin recites "Baseball and Football" from his new album "An Evening with Wally Londo, Featuring Bill Slazso".
New Dad Insurance New-Dad-Insurance-10-11-75 The typical family home is made up of Mom (Jacqueline Carlin), Dad (Dan Aykroyd) and the children. But if Dad suddenly dies, the family's emotional loss is covered by New Dad (Chevy Chase).
Billy Preston Performs Billy-Preston-10-11-75 Billy Preston Performs "Nothing From Nothing".
The Courtroom The-Courtroom-10-11-75 A rape victim (Jane Curtin) testifies in court, but can't bear to repeat the lewd suggestion posed by her attacker. Instead, the pertinent evidence is written on a piece of paper and passed among the jury.
Andy Kaufman Andy-Kaufman-10-11-75 Kaufman at first appears nervous, then calmly turns on a recording of the "Mighty Mouse" theme song and lip-syncs a single key lyric.
George Carlin Stand-Up #1 George-carlin-standup-1-10-11-75 Carlin performs some observational stand-up prior to introducing Janis Ian.
Janis Ian Performs Janis-ian-1 Janis Ian Performs "At Seventeen".
Victims Of Shark Bite Victims-of-shark-bite-10-11-75 Martin Gresner (John Belushi) claims his limbs have been bitten off by sharks.
Jamitol Jamitol-10-11-75 Chevy Chase and Michael O'Donaghue portray a married couple, whose lives have been enrichened by using the advertised product.
Next Week Next-week-10-11-75 Paul Simon announces that he's hosting the show next week.
Weekend Update With Chevy Chase Weekend-update-10-11-75 Anchorman Chevy Chase talks dirty on the phone before commenting on events in the news, while correspondent Laraine Newman reports on the latest murder to occur at the Blaine Motel.
Triopenin 75atriopenin1 Product's child-proof safety cap prevents arthritis medicine from being used.
The Muppets The-muppets-10-11-75 Muppets Ploobis (Jim Henson) & Scred (Jerry Nelson) visit the Mighty Favog (Frank Oz).
George Carlin Stand Up #2 George-carlin-standup-2-10-11-75 Carlin's stand-up topics range from the mysterious blue food to a round of oxymorons, before introducing a film by Albert Brooks.
"The Impossible Truth" The-impossible-truth-10-11-75 Albert Brooks reports unlikely news items in his short film.
Bee Hospital   Upon birth, bee fathers are informed of their newborns' ranks in the hive.
Academy Of Better Careers Academy-of-better-careers-10-11-75 Now you can be a stand-by operator, too.
Valri Bromfield Valri-bromfield-10-11-75 Comedian Valri Bromfield mimics a teacher and a volleyball player in her routine.
Show Us Your Guns Show-us-your-guns In a parody of the Lark cigarette commercials, SNL's film truck passes through the city streets asking to see citizens' firearms.
George Carlin's Standup #3 George-carlin-standup-3-10-11-75 Carlin's final round of stand-up focuses on God and religion.
Billy Preston Performs Billy-preston-10-11-752 Billy Preston Performs "Fancy Lady".
Trojan Horse Home Security Trojan-horse-home-security-10-11-75 Home security technician Kenny Vorstrather (Dan Aykroyd) breaks into a couple's (John Belushi, Gilda Radner) house to demonstrate how vulnerable they are to a home invasion.
Triple-Trac Triple-trac-10-11-75 The three-blade razor is designed for people who'll believe anything they see.
Janis Ian Performs Janis-ian-2 Janis Ian Performs "In The Winter".
Goodnights Goodnights-10-11-75  


  • Don Pardo accidentally misannounces the cast as The Not For Ready Prime Time Players.
  • Carlin wanted to wear a t-shirt, but the network wanted him to wear a suit. As a compromise, Carlin wore a vest and jacket over his t-shirt, and hosted the show while reportedly stoned out of his mind.
  • Carlin only appears on stage to perform stand-up or introduce the evening's musical guests.
  • With the show running long at dress rehearsal, it was suggested that Lorne Michaels cut Kaufman's performance. He chose to cut a stand-up routine from Billy Crystal instead. Though peeved, Crystal did return later in the season to do another stand-up act.
  • Weekend Update has undergone many personnel - and, on occasion, title - changes over the years, but has remained the one segment that appears on every episode of "Saturday Night Live."
  • The Muppets account for one of the strangest periods in SNL history, their appearance on the show a result of Jim Henson trying to shop out his puppets to adult audiences prior to producing "The Muppet Show." They were generally disliked by the cast and writers, often dumped upon Al Franken, Tom Davis and Alan Zwiebel to be written for. When referring to the Muppets, Michael O'Donaghue was often quoted as saying, "I won't write for felt."
  • Albert Brooks was offered the opportunity to host SNL every week. Because he wanted to write and produce short films instead, he suggested that the show use a different host each week. Being from California, Brooks failed to see the merit of doing a live show, suggesting instead that they tape the show twice without stopping tape earlier in the day, and playing the best of both performances in the show's time slot. Though the show is filmed live each week, the dress rehearsals and live performances would often be edited together for repeats aired later in the season.
  • There was little audience reaction to the sketch, which writers blamed on a faulty PA system. Even though the network advised no more Bee sketches, Lorne Michaels thought the bit was funny and original and insisted on bringing the Bees back each week, making them SNL's first recurring characters.
  • By the 1990's, three-blade razors became a reality on the consumer market.
Preceded by:
Saturday Night Live episode Followed by:
October 18, 1975