Fridays (1980–1982)

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

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jack Burns ...
 Announcer / ... (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Brandis Kemp ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
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 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Maryedith Burrell ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
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 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
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 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Darrow Igus ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Bruce Mahler ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
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 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
John Roarke ...
 Various (54 episodes, 1980-1982)
Rich Hall ...
 Himself (21 episodes, 1981-1982)
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A skit-oriented variety/comedy show, this was an attempt by the ABC network to cash in on the success of Saturday Night Live. The formula is very similar, right down to having fake commercials and a bogus newscast. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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This series has rarely been rerun and has never been released on VHS or DVD because Larry David and Michael Richards felt they did not need the additional exposure or revenue and didn't want to sign the release paperwork, until the Aug 6th 2013 release of THE BEST OF FRIDAY'S DVD. See more »

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Decent Way To Start The Weekend
12 July 2003 | by (Tampa, FL) – See all my reviews

Okay, I'll be really honest. I DID NOT see the infamous Andy Kaufman episode. I have heard so much about it, it has become a part of my memory.If I did, I don't remember it, at all. I tried to watch this show, but when it was on, I was usually out on a date, or doing something else.

I DO remember some of the great skits, such as Michael Richards going from Ronald Reagan to Richard Nixon, in a bit called "Altered Statesman", a play on the hit movie of the time "Altered States". I recall the group "Devo" being on, and the great ongoing bit about drugs, "Do we eat it, No-no no-no! Do we smoke it, ya-ya ya-ya!!!"

It WAS edgier than Saturday Night Live ever was, as it had to compete with the concept that SNL was king. But, if you remember, SNL went into a decline with the 80-81 cast, and critics were sure that "Friday's" would live a long life. I think that the show suffered from being shuffled around with it's start times. I don't know if local ABC affiliates would push the show back to show local programs, or the network just kept moving it. I remember seeing it in late '81, starting well after midnight, central time.

A perfect candidate for DVD/VHS release, or being shown on TVLand, or Comedy Central.


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