Fridays (1980–1982)

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Live late-night comedy sketch show similar to "Saturday Night Live."


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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
Jack Burns ...
 Announcer / ... (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Brandis Kemp ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Maryedith Burrell ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Darrow Igus ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Bruce Mahler ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
John Roarke ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
 Himself (21 episodes, 1981-1982)


Essentially, this was the show that everyone was tuning into after The Not-Ready-For-Primetime-Players left Saturday Night Live. SNL's new cast was bombing badly, with only two cast members gaining any recognition (Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo). Fridays was doing well, until reality intruded in the form of Nightline with Ted Koppel. Originally, Koppel's news show was simply an update to the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Each night ABC would begin a summation of the days events in Iran immediately after the local news. Koppel's show became a permanent fixture, and was expanded to a full hour. Rather than start the show on Fridays at 12:30am, ABC tried to move the show to primetime, at 8pm, and on a different day of the week, no less! The last latenight episode featured Melanie Chartoff and Brian Mahler remaining in character but going off script and complaining about going to primetime. And they were right. The latenight audience did not find them, and the show was cancelled shortly ... Written by GrandTetonRider

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11 April 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Regulars Brandis Kemp and Darrow Igus appeared in separate episodes of the first season of The Pretender (1996). See more »


Referenced in Tempest (1982) See more »

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Needs to be released on DVD but doesn't seem likely...
4 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Note to those under 30 - this show dates from a time when most TV stations still went off the air at midnight/1 AM and most adults went to bed after the 10/11 o' clock news. It was hip and edgy in those days largely because no one was watching, so they could get away with more, and most of us were pretty young and this had never been done before so we thought it was pretty cool. If you ever saw it, you would yawn and go back to your YouTube NC-17 stuff, so move along please.

I remember watching it as well, but also I remember it not being so much about sex but about drugs. Lots of drug humor but also some very creative skits, it (and SCTV, and Almost Live) get contrasted with SNL because SNL always lives in that attenuated narrowcast of comedy where they're imitating something or other. These shows couldn't do that because SNL got there first, so they took chances in other directions.

Sounds like Michael Richards and Larry David don't want this released to DVD - too bad. I'd think it might be like The Velvet Underground - not that many people would see it but most people who did would start making their own shows.

Eh, well, maybe Michael will be looking for cash after the N-bomb incident and Larry will feel sorry for him, and maybe it will come out. And then, it will never be as special as our collective memories have made it, so maybe it should stay in the can.

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