Saturday Night Live: Season 1, Episode 8

Candice Bergen/Martha Reeves/The Stylistics (20 Dec. 1975)

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The host for the episode is Candice Bergen (her second appearance), and the musical guests are Martha Reeves and The Stylistics. The skits for this episode are as follows: President Ford ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Herself - Host / Princess Grace of Monaco / Winona Foxfire / Various
Herself - Musical Guest
The Stylistics ...
Themselves - Musical Guest
Various (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Margaret Kuhn ...
Herself - Special Guest
Mel / Mike Mendoza / Various
Bee / Various
Bee / Various
Frank / Bee / News for the Hard of Hearing / Various
Bee / Weekend Update Correspondent / Fritzie Kringle
Mrs. Mel / Emily Litella / Various
Howard Shore and His All Nurse Band ...
Themselves - House Band (as Howard Shore and His Band of Angels)


The host for the episode is Candice Bergen (her second appearance), and the musical guests are Martha Reeves and The Stylistics. The skits for this episode are as follows: President Ford delivers a special message for Christmas and falls out of a tree. An ad for a restaurant where customers can choose their cow, kill it and butcher it. A boy calls home from the police station to tell his parents he's killed 26 people. Candice Bergen invites people to send home movies to NBC, then shows her own movie of herself ice skating with the Bees. A young man comes out of the closet and admits to his family that he's an elf. A pair of strangers at a laundromat share a vicarious romance through their clothes. Two men discuss the prowess one of them has at pinball, while playing Pong. Gilda Radner lists off the things she ate at last year's Christmas. Margaret Kuhn delivers an inspirational message about growing old, and Gary Weiss presents a film about travelers returning home for the holidays. ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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20 December 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Candice Bergen is the first person to host the show for a second time. See more »


Edited into The Best of Dan Aykroyd (1986) See more »


(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
Written by Carl Smith, Gary Jackson, and Raynard Miner
Performed by Martha Reeves
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Weakest Episode of First Year
21 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Candice Bergen is back for another turn as host but this one is one of the weaker first season episodes. The comedy in this one is not as sharp as some episodes for one thing.

For the other, this episode is too traditional with the Christmas music. Some of that is OK but some of the Christmas music is poorly performed, the singing is just plain poor by folks who should not have sung these songs. This show has little flow.

Highlight is Canidce Bergen & the Bees Ice Skating at Rockefeller center & the Bees doing June Taylor Dancer type of formations. That is the main highlight. Think the SNL writers let Al Franken write too much in this one, or just went on Xmas vacation early.

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