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Fridays (TV Series 1980–1982) Poster

(1980–1982)

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During one memorable episode, broadcast live, guest star Andy Kaufman broke character during a sketch. He got into a shoving match with Michael Richards which degenerated into an on-camera brawl. It was later revealed that this was a set-up and Kaufman and some of the brawl participants and the cast were in on the gag, but most of the crew were caught completely off-guard. Melanie Chartoff discusses this in an interview with David Brody found on Youtube.
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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.
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During its second season, the show became more popular than _"Saturday Night Live" (1975) which struggled in its sixth season. NBC executive Dick Ebersol tried to convince "Fridays" cast members to join "SNL" but they all turned him down. Featured cast member Rich Hall eventually joined "SNL" after "Fridays" was cancelled.
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Edited reruns of the show aired in local syndication and USA Network in the mid-late 1980s.
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Originally developed by the network in 1978.
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Maryedith Burrell was the oldest of all the cast members.
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Most network affiliates had dropped the show early during its run because of the subject matter in many of the sketches.
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Rich Hall became a writer/featured player during the show's third season.
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Cast members Mark Blankfield and Brandis Kemp were married in real life. They divorced in 1987.
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Regulars Brandis Kemp and Darrow Igus appeared in separate episodes of the first season of The Pretender (1996).
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