I have been reading (re-reading) one of the great books ever written about television. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who wants not only a primer on that seminal cast from the first 5 seasons, but also the inner workings of the entertainment industry, and what happened to the 60’s culture once they got a little older. I then went to the ol’ Netflix and watched the Michael Palin episode from the 4th season. The first half of that episode was dominated by one skit, “Miles Cowperthwaite“. While the skit itself is very funny (and pretty daring for 1978/1979), Dan Aykroyd’s use of body language during his entrance as “First Mate Spunk” is one of the funniest things I have ever seen on the show, and it lasts about 5 seconds. If you get a chance, go seek it out.
If all people remember is The Bees, The Blues Brothers, The Coneheads, Rosanne Rosannadanna, etc., I think they might be surprised to see what the show was in its first stages. And how safe and sterile it has become.
From Garrett Morris’ 1980 album, “Saturday Night Suite”. Primarily written by this guy.
From Chevy Chase’s 1980 eponymous album.