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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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Music

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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Most network affiliates had dropped the show early during its run because of the subject matter in many of the sketches. 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 The Simpsons: The Kid Is All Right (2013) See more »

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ABC's show "Fridays" was the best in television comedy
11 January 2005 | by glk6See all my reviews

Friday's was one of the best shows I have ever watched. It was well written and superbly performed. I would love to see the show re-runs so they could be enjoyed by a whole new generation of people. The character development was superior to anything on television today. I was trying to tell my 21-year old about this show but words can't describe the superior comedic performances that appeared week after week. I still don't understand how lesser-quality comedy shows survived while this one didn't. The pharmacist and the angry little kid (played by Michael Richards) was side-splitting comedy at its best. I still chuckle when I think of some of those crazy skits. Any ideas out there on how to revive the shows for syndication?


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