The program was ABC's attempt to cash in on the success of NBC's popular Saturday Night Live. Like SNL, each week, Fridays featured a different celebrity guest host, fake newscasts, musical guests and cast members performing comedy sketches, and spoofs of television shows and commercials.
Cast member Larry David would, a few years later, go on to help create Seinfeld, one of the most popular television shows in American history. Another cast member, Michael Richards, would actually become one of the stars of that show, with his performance as "Cosmo Kramer".
One of the most memorable moments on the show was an evening when comedian Andy Kaufman was hosting the show. During one sketch, about couples at dinner sneaking away to the bathroom one by one to smoke marijuana, Kaufman, who loved causing trouble on live TV, broke character and refused to read his lines. Richards got up from the table, grabbed the cue cards and threw them down on the table in front of Kaufman, who responded by throwing a glass of water on Richards. Some of the show's cast and crew members became angry and a small brawl broke out on stage. Since the show was broadcast live, home viewers were able to see most of these events transpire on their television screens until the network cut the cameras off. Kaufman returned the following week in a taped apology to home viewers. This incident was recreated in the 1999 film Man On The Moon.