The show starred Lorne Michaels and Hart Pomerantz. The cast also included Dan Aykroyd, Paul Bradley, and Victor Garber. The show mixed comedy sketches with musical guests, in a manner similar to Laugh-In or Michaels' later Saturday Night Live.
The show aired on Saturday nights, following the hugely successful Hockey Night in Canada. However, the hockey game would often run over its allotted time, and shorten or completely eliminate the airing of the Terrific Hour.