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Fridays was a short lived 1980s variety series that was probably inspired by the success of Saturday Night Live. It had musical guests like the Clash, Devo, Squeeze, Dire Straits, and others. Fridays also had a newscast that was much like SNL's Weekend Update. One of the cast members was Larry David who went on to become one of the creators and producers of Seinfeld. On one Friday's newscast, David had a consumer spot about how a nan can avoid trouble in the street. He wore a frilly blouse on the newscast. The idea was, if you look strange thugs will leave you alone. You'll have to see the episode to find out if it worked.

There were plenty of celebrity guests. Sometimes the television shows they were famous for were spoofed, such as William Shatner in a Star Trek spoof. Michael Richards played a playboy named Dick, getting his hair done by Valerie Bertinelli in a unisex punk barbershop.

Fridays is a Comedy series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (16 episodes). The series first aired on April 11, 1980. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8.

Fridays is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Fridays on demand at Google Play online.

3 Seasons, 16 Episodes
April 11, 1980
Cast: Jack Burns, Brandis Kemp, Mark Blankfield, Maryedith Burrell
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Fridays Full Episode Guide

  • Musical guests Kiss perform "A World Without Heroes" and "I".

  • Musical guests The Cars return to the show and perform "Shake It Up" and "Since You're Gone".

  • Musical guests The Stray Cats perform "Stray Cat Strut" and "Rock This Town".

  • Musical guest Kim Carnes performs "Miss You Tonight".

  • Musical guests Randy Meisner and The Silverados perform "Hearts on Fire" and "Gotta Get Away".

  • This episode is known as the infamous fistfight episode because of a staged fight at the end of the program orchestrated by guest host Andy Kaufman.

  • The Ronny Horror Picture Show: The most famous cult movie of all time takes a big step to the right in this parody.

  • Musical guest Pat Benatar performs "Hit Me With Your Best Shot".

  • Sketches include "Star Wars Memories," "Friday Edition," and "UFO."

  • Musical guests Dire Straits perform "Skateaway" and "Romeo And Juliet".

  • Musical guests The Cars perform "Touch and Go".