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Season 5

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Thank you all for coming. Goodnight... and goodbye.
—Buck Henry on the season's last episode, May 24, 1980

Season 5
Premier: October 13, 1979
Last episode: May 24, 1980
Episodes: 20
Weekend Update anchor(s): Jane Curtin and Bill Murray

Season 5 began in 1979 and ended in 1980. Since John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd had left the show at the end of the fourth season, many thought the show was coming to an end, but NBC was determined to keep it going.

Season 5 introduced the "featured players" cast category, which remains a part of the show today. Most of the original featured players were writers who had made many uncredited cameos throughout the show's first four seasons.

Cast Edit

The Not Ready For Prime Time PlayersEdit

Featured PlayersEdit



  • Harry Shearer: Promoted to the Not Ready for Prime Time Players as of February 9
  • Peter Aykroyd: First January 26
  • Brian Doyle-Murray: First January 26
  • Tom Schiller: First April 19
  • Alan Zweibel: First April 19

Episodes Edit

Preceded by:
Season 4
Season 5
(1979 - 1980)
Followed by:
Season 6

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