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Fridays 

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

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Bill Lee, John Moffitt
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1982   1981   1980  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jack Burns ...  Announcer / ... 54 episodes, 1980-1982
Brandis Kemp ...  Various 54 episodes, 1980-1982
Mark Blankfield ...  Various 54 episodes, 1980-1982
Maryedith Burrell ...  Various 54 episodes, 1980-1982
Melanie Chartoff ...  Various 54 episodes, 1980-1982
Larry David ...  Various 54 episodes, 1980-1982
Darrow Igus Darrow Igus ...  Various 54 episodes, 1980-1982
Bruce Mahler ...  Various 54 episodes, 1980-1982
Michael Richards ...  Various 54 episodes, 1980-1982
John Roarke John Roarke ...  Various 54 episodes, 1980-1982
Rich Hall ...  Himself 21 episodes, 1981-1982
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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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Rated F for Funny! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Edited reruns of the show aired in local syndication and USA Network in the mid-late 1980s. See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end of each episode, we see close-ups of actual snapshots of the entire production crew, with a hand guiding us through the photos. See more »

Alternate Versions

The episodes went into syndication in the late 1980s and were edited down to 60 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Tempest (1982) See more »

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Decent Way To Start The Weekend
12 July 2003 | by jwrowe3See 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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