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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 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. There was no host for the 100th episode.

Season 5 introduced the "featured players" cast category, which remains a part of the show today.

Cast Edit

The Not Ready For Prime Time PlayersEdit

Featured PlayersEdit

ChangesEdit

  • Harry Shearer: Promoted to the Not Ready for Prime Time Players as of February 9
  • Peter Aykroyd: First November 19
  • Brian Doyle-Murray: First December 15
  • Tom Schiller: First December 15
  • Alan Zweibel: First December 15

Episodes Edit

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

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