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Fridays 

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

Creators:

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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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

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Featured in Seinfeld: Jason + Larry = George (2005) See more »

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A great early 80's Friday evening show!
15 July 2001 | by vhm_14u2cSee all my reviews

This show was always great! I wish it could be brought back as repeats! There are a few skits that come to mind. Mark Blankfield playing a Pharmacist with unusual events happening to him, and his famous line "I can handle it". Or, Michael Richards playing the little boy burning little green plastic army men out on the lawn turned into a dirt pit, making a loud ruckus, and his Mom (played by Maryedith Burrell) having her moments with him. Or, Bruce Mahler dressing up a dancing chicken and playing the piano. Or, Darrow Igus playing the Jamican Man showing what he can do with fish and other items. And Melanie Chartoff, the cutest comedian ever! And the show also had great musical guests, Boomtown rats, J Giels Band, John Cougar, Plasmatics, B52s, ACDC, and many others. A great show. If you have been lucky enough to experience the show, I hope the above comments brought back some great memories. :-)

A devoted Fridays fan


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