Saturday Night Live

Oct 11, 1975 (en) Comedy, News [67] Min
  • First Air Date
    Oct 11, 1975
  • Production
    Broadway Video, NBC Studios, Universal Television, NBC Universal Television, SNL Studios
  • Rotten tomato
    69.08%
  • Original title
    Saturday Night Live
  • Release
    Oct 11, 1975
  • en
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Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!

Overview

A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, who usually delivers an opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast, and features performances by a musical guest.

  1. Music Supervisor

  2. Producer

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Casts

  1. Michael Che

    Self - Various Characters

  2. Mikey Day

    Self - Various Characters

  3. Andrew Dismukes

    Self - Various Characters

  4. Chloe Fineman

    Self - Various Characters

  5. Heidi Gardner

    Self - Various Characters

  6. James Austin Johnson

    Self - Various Characters

  7. Punkie Johnson

    Self - Various Characters

  8. Colin Jost

    Self - Various Characters

  9. Ego Nwodim

    Self - Various Characters

  10. Sarah Sherman

    Self - Various Characters

  11. Kenan Thompson

    Self - Various Characters

  12. Bowen Yang

    Self - Various Characters

  13. Marcello Hernandez

    Self - Various Characters

  14. Molly Kearney

    Self - Various Characters

  15. Michael Longfellow

    Self - Various Characters

  16. Chloe Troast

    Self - Various Characters

  17. Devon Walker

    Self - Various Characters

  18. Ben Marshall

    Self - Please Don't Destroy

  19. John Higgins

    Self - Please Don't Destroy

  20. Martin Herlihy

    Self - Please Don't Destroy

Full Casts & Crew

Casts : 20 / Crews : 1

Specials ( 1977-02-20)

Mardi Gras Special

Episode: 1

Things We Did Last Summer

Episode: 2

SNL Film Festival

Episode: 3

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary Special

Episode: 4

2nd Annual Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special

Episode: 5

The Best of Saturday Night Live: 1989 Annual

Episode: 6

The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live

Episode: 7

Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary

Episode: 8

The Best of Adam Sandler

Episode: 9

The Best of Dana Carvey

Episode: 10

The Best of Steve Martin

Episode: 11

The Best of Chris Farley

Episode: 12

The Best of Molly Shannon

Episode: 13

The Best of Will Ferrell

Episode: 14

25 Years of Music Volume 1

Episode: 15

The Best of Christmas

Episode: 16

The Best of David Spade

Episode: 17

25 Years of Music Vol. 2

Episode: 18

25 Years of Music Vol. 3

Episode: 19

25 Years of Music Vol. 4

Episode: 20

25 Years of Music Vol. 5

Episode: 21

The Best of Eddie Murphy

Episode: 22

The Best of Phil Hartman

Episode: 23

The Best of Chris Rock

Episode: 24

The Best of Mike Myers

Episode: 25

The Best of Chris Kattan

Episode: 26

The Best of Christopher Walken

Episode: 27

The Best of Will Ferrell Vol. 2

Episode: 28

The Best of Tracy Morgan

Episode: 29

101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments

Episode: 30

The Best of Jimmy Fallon

Episode: 31

The Best of Alec Baldwin

Episode: 32

The Best of Tom Hanks

Episode: 33

Best Of Jon Lovitz

Episode: 34

Live from New York: The First Five Years of Saturday Night Live

Episode: 35

The Best of Dan Aykroyd

Episode: 36

The Best of Gilda Radner

Episode: 37

The Best of John Belushi

Episode: 38

Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial

Episode: 39

Digital Short: Lettuce

Episode: 40

Digital Short: Lazy Sunday

Episode: 41

Digital Short: Young Chuck Norris

Episode: 42

Digital Short: The Tangent

Episode: 43

Digital Short: Close Talkers

Episode: 44

Digital Short: Natalie's Rap

Episode: 45

Digital Short: Doppleganger

Episode: 46

Digital Short: Laser Cats!

Episode: 47

The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse

Episode: 48

Digital Short: My Testicles

Episode: 49

Digital Short: Peyote

Episode: 50

Digital Short: Andy Walking

Episode: 51

Digital Short: Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song)

Episode: 52

The Best of Cheri Oteri

Episode: 53

The Best of Commercial Parodies

Episode: 54

Digital Short: Cubicle Fight

Episode: 55

Digital Short: Harpoon Man

Episode: 56

Digital Short: Pep Talk

Episode: 57

Digital Short: An SNL Movie Trailer Re-Cut: Apocalypto

Episode: 58

Digital Short: Dick in a Box

Episode: 59

Digital Short: Laser Cats! 2

Episode: 60

Digital Short: Nurse Nancy

Episode: 61

Digital Short: MacGruber (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

Episode: 62

Digital Short: Body Fuzion

Episode: 63

Digital Short: Andy Popping into Frame

Episode: 64

Digital Short: Sloths!

Episode: 65

Digital Short: Business Meeting

Episode: 66

Digital Short: United Way

Episode: 67

Digital Short: The Shooting (aka Dear Sister)

Episode: 68

Digital Short: Roy Rules!

Episode: 69

The Best of '06/'07

Episode: 70

Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation

Episode: 71

Digital Short: MacGruber 2

Episode: 72

Digital Short: Talking Dog

Episode: 73

Digital Short: Iran So Far

Episode: 74

Digital Short: MacGruber 3

Episode: 75

Digital Short: People Getting Punched Just Before Eating

Episode: 76

A&E Biography : Saturday Night Live

Episode: 77

Digital Short: Brian Diaries

Episode: 78

Digital Short: Grandkids in the Movies

Episode: 79

Digital Short: Virgania Horsen's Hot Air Balloon Rides

Episode: 80

Digital Short: The Mirror

Episode: 81

SNL in the 80's: Lost and Found

Episode: 82

Digital Short: Hero Song

Episode: 83

Digital Short: Andy's Dad

Episode: 84

Digital Short: MacGruber 4

Episode: 85

Digital Short: Laser Cats! 3D

Episode: 86

Digital Shorts Daiquiri Girl

Episode: 87

Digital Short: Best Look in the World

Episode: 88

Digital Short: MacGruber 5

Episode: 89

Digital Short: The Japanese Office

Episode: 90

Digital Short: Space Olympics

Episode: 91

Digital Short: Hey! (Murray Hill)

Episode: 92

Digital Short: Extreme Activities Challenge

Episode: 93

Digital Short: MacGruber 6

Episode: 94

Digital Short: Jam the Vote

Episode: 95

Digital Short: Ras Trent

Episode: 96

Digital Short: Giraffes!!

Episode: 97

Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008

Episode: 98

Digital Short: Everyone's A Critic

Episode: 99

Digital Short: Virgania Horsen's Pony Express

Episode: 100

Digital Short: Jizz in my Pants

Episode: 101

Digital Short: Cookies

Episode: 102

SNL Sports Extra 2009

Episode: 103

Digital Short: Doogie Howser Theme

Episode: 104

Digital Short: A Couple of Homies

Episode: 105

Digital Short: Laser Cats! 4 Ever

Episode: 106

Digital Short: I'm on a Boat

Episode: 107

Digital Short: Property of the Queen

Episode: 108

Digital Short: MacGruber 7

Episode: 109

Just Commercials

Episode: 110

Saturday Night Live: Just Game Show Parodies

Episode: 111

Digital Short: Party Guys

Episode: 112

Digital Short: Like A Boss

Episode: 113

Digital Short: Motherlover

Episode: 114

Saturday Night Live: Just Shorts

Episode: 115

Digital Short: The Date

Episode: 116

Digital Short: Megan's Roommate

Episode: 117

Digital Short: Threw It On the Ground

Episode: 118

Digital Short: Brenda & Shaun

Episode: 119

The Best of Amy Poehler

Episode: 120

Digital Short: Firelight

Episode: 121

Digital Short: Get Out!

Episode: 122

Digital Short: Reba (Two Worlds Collide)

Episode: 123

Digital Short: An SNL Movie Trailer Re-Cut: Palin 2012

Episode: 124

Digital Short: Shy Ronnie

Episode: 125

SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas

Episode: 126

Digital Short: The Tizzie Wizzie Show (Jammy Shuffle)

Episode: 127

Digital Short: Booty Call

Episode: 128

Digital Short: MacGruber 8

Episode: 129

Digital Short: James Cameron's Laser Cats 5

Episode: 130

Digital Short: The Curse

Episode: 131

SNL Presents: Sports All-Stars

Episode: 132

Digital Short: Flags of the World

Episode: 133

Digital Short: Zach Drops By the Set

Episode: 134

Digital Short: Boombox

Episode: 135

Saturday Night Live in the 2000s: Time and Again

Episode: 136

Digital Short: The Other Man

Episode: 137

Digital Short: Cherry Battle

Episode: 138

Digital Short: Golden Girls Theme

Episode: 139

Digital Short: MacGruber 9

Episode: 140

Digital Short: Great Day

Episode: 141

The Best of Will Ferrell Vol. 3

Episode: 142

Digital Short: Boogerman

Episode: 143

Digital Short: Rescue Dogs 3D App

Episode: 144

Digital Short: Relaxation Therapy

Episode: 145

Digital Short: I Broke My Arm

Episode: 146

Digital Short: Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde

Episode: 147

The Women of Saturday Night Live

Episode: 148

Digital Short: What Was That?

Episode: 149

Digital Short: Party at Mr. Bernard's

Episode: 150

Digital Short: Stumblin'

Episode: 151

Digital Short: I Just Had Sex

Episode: 152

Digital Short: Andy and Pee-wee's Night Out

Episode: 153

Digital Short: The Creep

Episode: 154

Digital Short: The Roommate

Episode: 155

Saturday Night Live Backstage

Episode: 156

Digital Short: Beastly

Episode: 157

Digital Short: Zach Looks for a New Assistant

Episode: 158

The Best of '09/'10

Episode: 159

Digital Short: Laser Cats 6: The Musical!

Episode: 160

Digital Short: Helen Mirren's Magic Bosom

Episode: 161

Digital Short: Jack Sparrow

Episode: 162

Digital Short: 3 Way (The Golden Rule)

Episode: 163

Digital Short: Stomp

Episode: 164

Digital Short: V-Necks

Episode: 165

Digital Short: Drake Interview

Episode: 166

Digital Short: Wish It Would Rain

Episode: 167

Digital Short: Seducing Women Through Chess

Episode: 168

Digital Short: Batman

Episode: 169

Digital Short: Best Friends

Episode: 170

Digital Short: Convoluted Jerry

Episode: 171

Digital Short: Afros

Episode: 172

Digital Short: Tennis Balls

Episode: 173

Digital Short: Laser Cats 7

Episode: 174

Digital Short: Gotye Backstage

Episode: 175

Digital Short: 100th Digital Short

Episode: 176

Digital Short: Lazy Sunday 2

Episode: 177

SNL Christmas

Episode: 178

Digital Short: YOLO

Episode: 179

Saturday Night Live Halloween

Episode: 180

Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving

Episode: 181

Saturday Night Live Christmas

Episode: 182

Saturday Night Live: The Best of This Season

Episode: 183

Saturday Night Live Presents: A SNL Sports Spectacular

Episode: 184

SNL Shorts

Episode: 185

Digital Short: When Will the Bass Drop?

Episode: 186

Digital Short: Hugs

Episode: 187

Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving

Episode: 188

SNL's NFL Saturday

Episode: 189

An SNL Valentine

Episode: 190

SNL 40th Anniversary Red Carpet Special

Episode: 191

Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special

Episode: 192

Digital Short: That's When You Break

Episode: 193

SNL Goodnight Sweet Prince

Episode: 194

Weekend Update at the RNC

Episode: 195

Weekend Update at the DNC

Episode: 196

The 2016 SNL Election Special

Episode: 197

SNL Thanksgiving Special 2016

Episode: 198

SNL Christmas 2016

Episode: 199

The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special

Episode: 200

SNL Presents: Halloween

Episode: 201

Digital Short: Natalie's Rap 2

Episode: 202

SNL Thanksgiving Special 2019

Episode: 203

A Saturday Night Live Mother’s Day

Episode: 204

A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving 2021

Episode: 205

A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special

Episode: 206

Christmas Special 2021

Episode: 207

Auditions: Dana Carvey (1)

Episode: 208

Auditions: Andy Kaufman

Episode: 209

Auditions: Original Cast

Episode: 210

Auditions: Will Ferrell

Episode: 211

Cast Interview with Tom Snyder (1975)

Episode: 212

Rehearsal Audio: Sissy Spacek

Episode: 213

Rehearsal Audio: Lily Tomlin

Episode: 214

Wardrobe Test with John Belushi & Howard Shore

Episode: 215

SNL Remembers Chris Farley

Episode: 216

Digital Short: Annuale

Episode: 217

Digital Short: Spin the Bottle

Episode: 218

The Clinton Scandal

Episode: 219

Halloween

Episode: 220

Christmas

Episode: 221

Weekend Update Halftime Special

Episode: 222

SNL in the 90's: Pop Culture Nation

Episode: 223

SNL in the 90's: Pop Culture Nation

Episode: 224

Jessica Chastain & Troye Sivan Dress Rehearsal

Episode: 225

2020 SNL Election Special

Episode: 226

Season 1 ( 1975-10-11)

The first season of Saturday Night Live, the weekly late-night 90-minute American sketch comedy/variety show on NBC, aired during the 1975–1976 television season. Saturday Night Live premiered on October 11, 1975 and consisted of a total of 24 episodes, the last of which aired on July 31, 1976. In 1974, NBC Tonight Show host Johnny Carson requested that the weekend broadcasts of "Best of Carson" come to an end, so that Carson could take two weeknights off and NBC would thus air those repeats on those nights rather than feed them to affiliates for broadcast on either Saturdays or Sundays. Given Carson's undisputed status as the dean of late-night television, NBC heard his request as an ultimatum, fearing he might use the issue as grounds to defect to either ABC or CBS. To fill the gap, the network drew up some ideas and brought in Dick Ebersol – a protégé of legendary ABC Sports president Roone Arledge – to develop a 90-minute late-night variety show. Ebersol's first order of business was hiring a young Canadian producer named Lorne Michaels to be the show-runner.

George Carlin with Janis Ian and Billy Preston

Episode: 1

Paul Simon with Randy Newman, Phoebe Snow, and Art Garfunkel

Episode: 2

Rob Reiner

Episode: 3

Candice Bergen with Esther Phillips

Episode: 4

Robert Klein with ABBA and Loudon Wainwright III

Episode: 5

Lily Tomlin

Episode: 6

Richard Pryor with Gil Scott-Heron

Episode: 7

Candice Bergen with Martha Reeves and The Stylistics

Episode: 8

Elliott Gould with Anne Murray

Episode: 9

Buck Henry with Bill Withers and Toni Basil

Episode: 10

Peter Cook & Dudley Moore with Neil Sedaka

Episode: 11

Dick Cavett with Jimmy Cliff

Episode: 12

Peter Boyle with Al Jarreau

Episode: 13

Desi Arnaz with Desi Arnaz Jr.

Episode: 14

Jill Clayburgh with Leon Redbone

Episode: 15

Anthony Perkins with Betty Carter

Episode: 16

Ron Nessen with the Patti Smith Group

Episode: 17

Raquel Welch with Phoebe Snow and John Sebastian

Episode: 18

Madeline Kahn with Carly Simon

Episode: 19

Dyan Cannon with Leon & Mary Russell

Episode: 20

Buck Henry with Gordon Lightfoot

Episode: 21

Elliott Gould with Leon Redbone and Harlan Collins & Joyce Everson

Episode: 22

Louise Lasser with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Episode: 23

Kris Kristofferson with Rita Coolidge

Episode: 24

Season 2 ( 1976-09-18)

Saturday Night Live aired its second season during the 1976–1977 television season on NBC. The second season started on September 18, 1976, and ended on May 21, 1977. This season saw the first of many SNL cast changes. Chevy Chase, who was pursuing a movie career in California, left the show after the October 30th episode hosted by Buck Henry with musical guest, The Band. Jane Curtin became the first female cast member to become a Weekend Update anchor following Chase's departure. On the January 15, 1977 episode, Bill Murray joined the cast to fill the void left by Chase's departure. This season also saw another change in the show: its name. Following the cancellation of ABC's Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell, NBC changed the name of the show from NBC's Saturday Night to its current title, Saturday Night Live in the episode hosted by Jack Burns in 1977. It was the last time that the Muppet sketches would appear on the show. In a 1977 interview with Playboy, O'Donoghue who was head writer/performer, referred to the Muppets as "those fucking Muppets, those little hairy facecloths" and were "made from the refuse after they cleaned up after Woodstock". He also refused to write for them, saying "I don’t write for felt". O'Donoghue also had a lynched Big Bird hanging in the writer's office.

Lily Tomlin/James Taylor

Episode: 1

Norman Lear/Boz Scaggs

Episode: 2

Eric Idle/Joe Cocker and Stuff

Episode: 3

Karen Black/John Prine

Episode: 4

Steve Martin/Kinky Friedman

Episode: 5

Buck Henry/The Band

Episode: 6

Dick Cavett/Ry Cooder

Episode: 7

Paul Simon/Paul Simon, George Harrison

Episode: 8

Jodie Foster/Brian Wilson

Episode: 9

Candice Bergen/Frank Zappa

Episode: 10

Ralph Nader/George Benson

Episode: 11

Ruth Gordon/Chuck Berry

Episode: 12

Fran Tarkenton/Leo Sayer

Episode: 13

Steve Martin/The Kinks

Episode: 14

Sissy Spacek/Richard Baskin

Episode: 15

Broderick Crawford/Dr. John, The Meters

Episode: 16

Jack Burns/Santana

Episode: 17

Julian Bond/Brick

Episode: 18

Elliott Gould/McGarrigle Sisters

Episode: 19

Eric Idle/Neil Innes

Episode: 20

Shelley Duvall/Joan Armatrading

Episode: 21

Buck Henry/Kenny Vance, Jennifer Warnes

Episode: 22

Season 3 ( 1977-09-24)

Saturday Night Live aired its third season during the 1977–1978 television season on NBC. The season began on September 24, 1977 and ended on May 20, 1978. The DVD for the entire season was released on May 13, 2008. The entire cast from the previous season returned for season three. The show also introduced the concept of the "featured player." Writers Tom Davis and Al Franken became cast members. The season is also notable for the contest, Anyone Can Host. During the start of the season the show advertised the contest for a non-celebrity to host the show. The winner was 80 year-old grandmother Miskel Spillman, the only non-celebrity to host an SNL episode. During Spillman's show the musical guest, Elvis Costello, halted his band, the Attractions, seven seconds into the song "Less Than Zero", launching into "Radio Radio", an as-yet unreleased song critical of mainstream broadcasting. The change angered Lorne Michaels, who banned future appearances on the show for a while. Chevy Chase's hosted during the season, making him the first cast member to host after leaving the show. Backstage during the show Chase and Bill Murray engaged in a physical altercation that was broken up by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Chase later accused Murray of trying to upstage him on set and for making explicit remarks about Chase's wife. Chase would host the show several times throughout the show's history, though he was unpopular with the cast and crew.

Steve Martin/Jackson Browne

Episode: 1

Madeline Kahn/Taj Mahal

Episode: 2

Hugh Hefner/Libby Titus

Episode: 3

Charles Grodin/Paul Simon and The Persuaders

Episode: 4

Ray Charles and the Raylettes

Episode: 5

Buck Henry/Leon Redbone

Episode: 6

Mary Kay Place/Willie Nelson

Episode: 7

Mrs. Miskel Spillman/Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Episode: 8

Steve Martin/The Nitty Gritty Dirty Band

Episode: 9

Robert Klein/Bonnie Raitt

Episode: 10

Chevy Chase/Billy Joel

Episode: 11

O.J. Simpson/Ashford and Simpson

Episode: 12

Art Garfunkel/Stephen Bishop

Episode: 13

Jill Clayburgh/Eddie Money

Episode: 14

Christopher Lee/Meat Loaf

Episode: 15

Michael Palin/Eugene Record

Episode: 16

Michael Sarrazin/Keith Jarrett

Episode: 17

Steve Martin/The Blues Brothers

Episode: 18

Richard Dreyfuss/Jimmy Buffett

Episode: 19

Buck Henry/Sun Ra

Episode: 20

Season 4 ( 1978-10-07)

Saturday Night Live aired its fourth season during the 1978–1979 television season on NBC. The fourth season started on October 7, 1978 and ended on May 26, 1979. The season four DVD was released on December 2, 2008. The entire cast from the previous season returned. This would be the final season for Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Aykroyd and Belushi left to work on The Blues Brothers film.

The Rolling Stones

Episode: 1

Fred Willard/Devo

Episode: 2

Frank Zappa

Episode: 3

Steve Martin/Van Morrison

Episode: 4

Buck Henry/The Grateful Dead

Episode: 5

Carrie Fisher/The Blues Brothers

Episode: 6

Walter Matthau/Garrett Morris

Episode: 7

Eric Idle/Kate Bush

Episode: 8

Elliott Gould/Peter Tosh with Mick Jagger

Episode: 9

Michael Palin/The Doobie Brothers

Episode: 10

Cicely Tyson/Talking Heads

Episode: 11

Rick Nelson/Judy Collins

Episode: 12

Kate Jackson/Delbert McClinton

Episode: 13

Gary Busey/Gary Busey with Rick Danko and Paul Butterfield, Eubie Blake

Episode: 14

Margot Kidder/The Chieftains

Episode: 15

Richard Benjamin/Rickie Lee Jones

Episode: 16

Milton Berle/Ornette Coleman

Episode: 17

Michael Palin/James Taylor

Episode: 18

Maureen Stapleton/Linda Ronstadt, Phoebe Snow

Episode: 19

Buck Henry/Bette Midler

Episode: 20

Season 5 ( 1979-10-13)

Saturday Night Live aired its fifth season during the 1979–1980 television season on NBC, and also the final season with the original cast. This fifth season started on October 13, 1979 and ended on May 24, 1980. SNL's fifth season was released on DVD on December 1, 2009. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd left the show at the end of the fourth season, leaving a void in the cast that most fans thought would be the beginning of the end of the late-night sketch show. To keep the show going, Lorne Michaels upgraded many of the show's writers to cast member status: Peter Aykroyd, Jim Downey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Don Novello, Tom Schiller and Alan Zweibel. Band leader Paul Shaffer also joined the cast, becoming the first person from the SNL band to become a cast member. Harry Shearer joined the show as a featured cast member and was promoted to repertory status during the season. This would be the final season for everyone in the cast. Tom Davis and Downey would return to the show in future seasons as writers. Al Franken, Doyle-Murray, Novello, and Shearer would rejoin the cast in future seasons.

Steve Martin/Blondie

Episode: 1

Eric Idle/Bob Dylan

Episode: 2

Bill Russell/Chicago

Episode: 3

Buck Henry/Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Episode: 4

Bea Arthur/The Roches

Episode: 5

Howard Hesseman/Randy Newman

Episode: 6

Martin Sheen/David Bowie

Episode: 7

Ted Knight/Desmond Child and Rouge

Episode: 8

Teri Garr/The B-52's

Episode: 9

Chevy Chase/Marianne Faithfull

Episode: 10

Elliott Gould/Gary Numan

Episode: 11

Kirk Douglas/Sam and Dave

Episode: 12

Rodney Dangerfield/J. Geils Band

Episode: 13

Paul Simon/James Taylor

Episode: 14

Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss/The Grateful Dead

Episode: 15

Burt Reynolds/Anne Murray

Episode: 16

Strother Martin/The Specials

Episode: 17

Bob Newhart/The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Bruce Cockburn

Episode: 18

Steve Martin/Paul and Linda McCartney

Episode: 19

Buck Henry/Andrew Gold

Episode: 20

Season 6 ( 1980-11-15)

Saturday Night Live aired its sixth season during the 1980–1981 television season on NBC. Season six started on November 15, 1980 and ended on April 11, 1981, with only 13 episodes. This season was alternatively known as Saturday Night Live '80.

Elliott Gould/Kid Creole and the Coconuts

Episode: 1

Malcolm McDowell/Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band

Episode: 2

Ellen Burstyn/Aretha Franklin

Episode: 3

Jamie Lee Curtis/James Brown

Episode: 4

David Carradine/Linda Ronstadt/Cast of 'The Pirates of Penzance'

Episode: 5

Ray Sharkey/Jack Bruce and Friends

Episode: 6

Karen Black/Cheap Trick, Stanley Clarke Trio

Episode: 7

Robert Hays/14 Karat Soul, Joe 'King' Carrasco & The Crowns

Episode: 8

Sally Kellerman/Jimmy Cliff

Episode: 9

Deborah Harry/Funky 4 + 1 More

Episode: 10

Charlene Tilton/Todd Rundgren, Prince

Episode: 11

Bill Murray/Delbert McClinton

Episode: 12

Chevy Chase/Jr. Walker and the All Stars

Episode: 13

Season 7 ( 1981-10-03)

Saturday Night Live aired its seventh season during the 1981–1982 television season on NBC. The seventh season started on October 3, 1981 and ended on May 22, 1982. A total of 20 episodes were broadcast. Following the dismissal of producer Jean Doumanian and most of her cast members, the show was shut down due to the commencement of the 1981 WGA strike. Dick Ebersol, the program's developer, was hired as Doumanian's replacement. The new cast of Saturday Night Live for this season were the same ones from the episode Ebersol produced on the April 11, 1981 episode: Robin Duke, Tim Kazurinsky and Tony Rosato along with the Doumanian era's sole survivors Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo. Denny Dillon and Gail Matthius were fired following the April 1981 episode while Laurie Metcalf and unseen castmember Emily Prager weren't asked back to be cast members on the show. Ebersol then hired two new cast members: Mary Gross and Christine Ebersole. Both were hired to fill the gap left by Metcalf and Prager. Wanting to distance the show from its first five seasons, Ebersol cut the popular opening line Live from New York, It's Saturday Night! from the cold openings. In fact, sometimes cold openings weren't even shown and the monologues were skipped over almost entirely. These changes were not permanent, as Ebersol decided to reverse them for the eighth season.

(no host)/Rod Stewart

Episode: 1

Susan Saint James/The Kinks

Episode: 2

George Kennedy/Miles Davis

Episode: 3

Donald Pleasence/Fear

Episode: 4

Lauren Hutton/Rick James

Episode: 5

Bernadette Peters/The Go-Go's, Billy Joel

Episode: 6

Tim Curry/Meat Loaf

Episode: 7

Bill Murray/The Spinners, Yale Whiffenpoofs

Episode: 8

Robert Conrad/The Allman Brothers Band

Episode: 9

John Madden/Jennifer Holliday

Episode: 10

James Coburn/Lindsey Buckingham

Episode: 11

Bruce Dern/Luther Vandross

Episode: 12

Elizabeth Ashley/Hall and Oates

Episode: 13

Robert Urich/Mink DeVille

Episode: 14

Blythe Danner/Rickie Lee Jones

Episode: 15

Daniel J. Travanti/John Cougar

Episode: 16

Johnny Cash/Elton John

Episode: 17

Robert Culp/The Charlie Daniels Band

Episode: 18

Danny DeVito/Sparks

Episode: 19

Olivia Newton-John

Episode: 20

Season 8 ( 1982-09-25)

Saturday Night Live aired its eighth season during the 1982–1983 season on NBC. The 8th season started on September 25, 1982 and ended on May 14, 1983. This was the third season to air since Lorne Michaels had left his first tenure as executive producer. Many changes happened before the start of the season. Brian Doyle-Murray, Christine Ebersole and Tony Rosato were dropped from the show to make room for new cast members. Hired in their places were Brad Hall, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Gary Kroeger. Dick Ebersol brought back the show's cold openings that ended with "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" and the monologues by the host. Ebersol also changed Weekend Update's name for the second time, to Saturday Night News. Since Doyle-Murray and Ebersole had both been dropped, a new anchor was needed for the segment. Hall got the gig and became the new anchor. Notable moments of this season included Drew Barrymore hosting the show—the youngest ever person to host the show. During the episode hosted by Barrymore, the audience at home was given the chance to vote on whether or not Andy Kaufman should be banned from the show. The vote was conducted by a 1-900 number. At the end of the show Kaufman was banned from ever performing on SNL again.

Chevy Chase/Queen

Episode: 1

Louis Gossett Jr./George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Episode: 2

Ron Howard/The Clash

Episode: 3

Howard Hesseman/Men at Work

Episode: 4

Michael Keaton/The New Joe Jackson Band

Episode: 5

Robert Blake/Kenny Loggins

Episode: 6

Drew Barrymore/Squeeze

Episode: 7

The Smothers Brothers/Laura Branigan

Episode: 8

Eddie Murphy/Lionel Richie

Episode: 9

Lily Tomlin

Episode: 10

Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas/The Bus Boys

Episode: 11

Sid Caesar/Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

Episode: 12

Howard Hesseman/Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Episode: 13

Beau Bridges, Jeff Bridges/Randy Newman

Episode: 14

Bruce Dern/Leon Redbone

Episode: 15

Robert Guillaume/Duran Duran

Episode: 16

Joan Rivers/Musical Youth

Episode: 17

Susan Saint James/Michael McDonald

Episode: 18

Stevie Wonder

Episode: 19

Ed Koch/Dexys Midnight Runners

Episode: 20

Season 9 ( 1983-10-08)

Saturday Night Live aired its ninth season during the 1983–1984 television season on NBC. The ninth season started on October 8, 1983 and ended on May 12, 1984. Before the start of the season the entire cast returned for another season. The only change was the hiring of Jim Belushi. The notable moment of season was when Eddie Murphy left the show mid-season. After 48 Hours, Murphy's star began to eclipse that of Joe Piscopo's. From the start of season 7, Dick Ebersol made it clear that his strategy was to showcase Murphy and Piscopo as much as possible while all the other cast members would play mainly supporting roles and were treated with very little patience by the producers. When Murphy's 48 Hours co-star Nick Nolte dropped out of hosting at the last minute, Ebersol offered Murphy the chance to host — a move that Piscopo would perceive as a major slight. Piscopo would later claim Ebersol used Murphy's success to divide the two erstwhile friends and play them against one another. Others countered that Piscopo was simply being a prima donna; said one writer, "Eddie Murphy's fame went to Joe Piscopo's head."

Brandon Tartikoff/John Cougar

Episode: 1

Danny DeVito & Rhea Perlman/Eddy Grant

Episode: 2

John Candy/Men at Work

Episode: 3

Betty Thomas/Stray Cats

Episode: 4

Teri Garr/Mick Fleetwood's Zoo

Episode: 5

Jerry Lewis/Loverboy

Episode: 6

The Smothers Brothers/Big Country

Episode: 7

Flip Wilson/Stevie Nicks

Episode: 8

Father Guido Sarducci/Huey Lewis and the News

Episode: 9

Michael Palin, Mary Palin/The Motels

Episode: 10

Don Rickles/Billy Idol

Episode: 11

Robin Williams/Adam Ant

Episode: 12

Jamie Lee Curtis/The Fixx

Episode: 13

Edwin Newman/Kool & the Gang

Episode: 14

Billy Crystal/Al Jarreau

Episode: 15

Michael Douglas/Deniece Williams

Episode: 16

George McGovern/Madness

Episode: 17

Barry Bostwick/Spinal Tap

Episode: 18

Billy Crystal, Ed Koch, Edwin Newman, Father Guido Sarducci, Betty Thomas/The Cars

Episode: 19

Season 10 ( 1984-10-06)

Saturday Night Live aired its tenth season during the 1984-1985 television season on NBC. The season contained 18 episodes and was cut short due to a writer's strike and budget constraints. During the previous season Eddie Murphy left the show mid season. Because of Murphy's departure Joe Piscopo also left the show because he did not want to do it without Murphy. Dick Ebersol then fired Robin Duke, Brad Hall and Tim Kazurinsky. Ebersol then wanted to blow up the show by adding seasoned comedians instead of newcomers. He hired Billy Crystal, Harry Shearer, New Zealander Pamela Stephenson, Rich Hall, Martin Short, and Christopher Guest. Guest would become the anchor of Saturday Night News. In the middle of the season, Harry Shearer left the show, due to "creative differences". Despite his departure, his image is still shown in the opening credits.

(no host)/Thompson Twins

Episode: 1

Bob Uecker/Peter Wolf

Episode: 2

Jesse Jackson/Andrae Crouch, Wintley Phipps

Episode: 3

Michael McKean/Chaka Khan, The Folksmen

Episode: 4

George Carlin/Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Episode: 5

Ed Asner/The Kinks

Episode: 6

Ed Begley, Jr./Billy Squier

Episode: 7

Ringo Starr/Herbie Hancock

Episode: 8

Eddie Murphy/The Honeydrippers

Episode: 9

Kathleen Turner/John Waite

Episode: 10

Roy Scheider/Billy Ocean

Episode: 11

Alex Karras/Tina Turner

Episode: 12

Harry Anderson/Bryan Adams

Episode: 13

Pamela Sue Martin/Power Station

Episode: 14

Mr. T & Hulk Hogan/The Commodores

Episode: 15

Christopher Reeve/Santana

Episode: 16

Howard Cosell/Greg Kihn

Episode: 17

Season 11 ( 1985-11-09)

Saturday Night Live aired its 11th season during the 1985-1986 television season on NBC. The season started on November 9, 1985 and ended on May 24, 1986, 18 episodes were produced. Dick Ebersol left the show after the 1984-85 season, when the network refused his request to shut the program down entirely for six months and shift much of the material onto tape, not live broadcast. Once again, NBC briefly considered cancelling the show, but programming head Brandon Tartikoff decided to continue the show and re-hire erstwhile producer Lorne Michaels. In some ways the job Michaels returned to was more challenging than the one he took on in 1975. For starters, Michaels' "golden boy" reputation was somewhat tarnished. His most recent effort, the previous season's The New Show confused critics and was ignored by audiences. Also, the 1984-1985 season had been a critical and ratings hit, generating memorable characters and stand-out performers. However, Michaels would not be the only member of the old guard to return: original writers Al Franken and Tom Davis would return as producers, and Jim Downey would be head writer. Fans and critics welcomed Michaels and many of the original producers and writers back, calling it a return to the show's roots.

Madonna/Simple Minds

Episode: 1

Chevy Chase/Sheila E.

Episode: 2

Pee Wee Herman/Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band

Episode: 3

John Lithgow/Mr. Mister

Episode: 4

Tom Hanks/Sade

Episode: 5

Teri Garr/Dream Academy, The Cult

Episode: 6

Harry Dean Stanton/The Replacements

Episode: 7

Dudley Moore/Al Green

Episode: 8

Ron Reagan/The Nelsons

Episode: 9

Jerry Hall/Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Episode: 10

Jay Leno/The Neville Brothers

Episode: 11

Griffin Dunne/Rosanne Cash

Episode: 12

George Wendt/Philip Glass

Episode: 13

Oprah Winfrey/Joe Jackson

Episode: 14

Tony Danza/Laurie Anderson

Episode: 15

Catherine Oxenberg & Paul Simon/Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Episode: 16

Jimmy Breslin & Marvin Hagler/Level 42, E.G. Daily

Episode: 17

Anjelica Huston & Billy Martin/George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic

Episode: 18

Season 12 ( 1986-10-11)

Saturday Night Live aired its twelfth season during the 1986-1987 television season on NBC. The 12th season started on October 11, 1986, the 11th anniversary of the show's first episode, and ended on May 23, 1987. Despite plans to have Saturday Night Live canceled due to the ratings of its previous season, producer Lorne Michaels convinced Brandon Tartikoff to give the show another chance, provided that a better cast be found for the next season. As a result, many of season 11's cast members were fired, except for Nora Dunn, Jon Lovitz, featured player A. Whitney Brown, and Weekend Update anchor Dennis Miller. Al Franken was rehired as a writer. The rest were relative unknowns, led by Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, and Kevin Nealon. Hooks had auditioned to be in the season 10 and 11 casts, but had been turned down. Hartman helped write sketches in season 11's Thanksgiving episode hosted by Pee-wee Herman, and appeared in a sketch as a Pilgrim. The first show of the 1986-1987 season opened with Madonna, host of the previous season opener, reading a "statement" from NBC about season 11's mediocre writing and bad cast choices. According to the "statement", the entire 1985-1986 season was "...all a dream. A horrible, horrible dream."

Sigourney Weaver/Buster Poindexter

Episode: 1

Malcolm-Jamal Warner/Run DMC

Episode: 2

Rosanna Arquette/Ric Ocasek

Episode: 3

Sam Kinison/Lou Reed

Episode: 4

Robin Williams/Paul Simon

Episode: 5

Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, & Martin Short/Randy Newman

Episode: 6

Steve Guttenberg/The Pretenders

Episode: 7

William Shatner/Lone Justice

Episode: 8

Walter Payton, Joe Montana/Debbie Harry

Episode: 9

Paul Shaffer/Bruce Hornsby & the Range

Episode: 10

Bronson Pinchot/Paul Young

Episode: 11

Willie Nelson

Episode: 12

Valerie Bertinelli/The Robert Cray Band

Episode: 13

Bill Murray/Percy Sledge

Episode: 14

Charlton Heston/Wynton Marsalis

Episode: 15

John Lithgow/Anita Baker

Episode: 16

John Larroquette/Timbuk 3

Episode: 17

Mark Harmon/Suzanne Vega

Episode: 18

Garry Shandling/Los Lobos

Episode: 19

Dennis Hopper/Roy Orbison

Episode: 20

Season 13 ( 1987-10-17)

Saturday Night Live aired its thirteenth season during the 1987–1988 television season on NBC. Season 13 started on October 17, 1987 and ended on February 27, 1988. Before the start of the season few changes happened. Kevin Nealon was promoted to repertory status and Al Franken returned to the cast. Although the changes to the cast were minimal there were, however, major events that impeded the show's production. During production of the season premiere, a fire broke out near Studio 8H during dress rehearsal. Despite plans to cancel the show for the week, Steve Martin pushed the cast to perform, making the Steve Martin/Sting episode the only episode without a dress rehearsal. On March 7, 1988, the Writers Guild of America went on strike, cancelling many planned episodes, including one originally planned to be hosted by former "Not Ready for Primetime" player Gilda Radner. Radner, however, would never get the chance to host due to her death from ovarian cancer the following year. The host for the March 12, 1988 broadcast was never confirmed.

Steve Martin/Sting

Episode: 1

Sean Penn/L.L. Cool J., Michael Penn & the Pull

Episode: 2

Dabney Coleman/The Cars

Episode: 3

Robert Mitchum/Simply Red

Episode: 4

Candice Bergen/Cher

Episode: 5

Danny DeVito/Bryan Ferry

Episode: 6

Angie Dickinson/Buster Poindexter & David Gilmour

Episode: 7

Paul Simon/Linda Ronstadt & the Mariachi Vargas

Episode: 8

Robin Williams/James Taylor

Episode: 9

Carl Weathers/Robbie Robertson

Episode: 10

Justine Bateman/Terrance Trent D'Arby

Episode: 11

Tom Hanks/Randy Travis

Episode: 12

Judge Reinhold/10,000 Maniacs

Episode: 13

Season 14 ( 1988-10-08)

Saturday Night Live aired its fourteenth season during the 1988 - 1989 television season on NBC. The season began on October 8, 1988, and ended on May 20, 1989. 20 episodes were produced. Before the start of the season, no changes were made to the cast. However, as the season progressed Lorne Michaels would hire two new people to the cast: Mike Myers and Ben Stiller, who joined the show midseason as featured players. Stiller had actually appeared on the show before; his film made it onto the show in the episode hosted by Charlton Heston in 1987. This season notably saw the second death of an original cast member, Gilda Radner, who died on the day of the season finale from ovarian cancer. In memory of Radner, Steve Martin showed a clip from the famous "Dancing in the Dark" sketch from the 1978 episode hosted by Martin himself as part of his monologue. This was the only season of the show for Stiller. After being on the show for five episodes, Stiller left the show due to creative differences with Michaels.

Tom Hanks/Keith Richards

Episode: 1

Matthew Broderick/The Sugarcubes

Episode: 2

John Larroquette/Randy Newman & Mark Knopfler

Episode: 3

Matthew Modine/Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

Episode: 4

Demi Moore/Johnny Clegg & Savuka

Episode: 5

John Lithgow/Tracy Chapman

Episode: 6

Danny DeVito/The Bangles

Episode: 7

Kevin Kline/Bobby McFerrin

Episode: 8

Melanie Griffith/Little Feat

Episode: 9

John Malkovich/Anita Baker

Episode: 10

Tony Danza/John Hiatt

Episode: 11

Ted Danson/Luther Vandross

Episode: 12

Leslie Nielsen/Cowboy Junkies

Episode: 13

Glenn Close/Gipsy Kings

Episode: 14

Mary Tyler Moore/Elvis Costello

Episode: 15

Mel Gibson/Living Color

Episode: 16

Dolly Parton

Episode: 17

Geena Davis/John Mellencamp

Episode: 18

Wayne Gretzky/Fine Young Cannibals

Episode: 19

Steve Martin/Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Episode: 20

Season 15 ( 1989-09-30)

Saturday Night Live aired its fifteenth season during the 1989 - 1990 television season on NBC. The fifteenth season started off with a 15th anniversary special on September 24, 1989 and ended on May 19, 1990. 21 episodes were produced, including the anniversary special. Few changes happened before the start of the season. The only change was the absence of Ben Stiller. After being on the show for five episodes, Stiller left the show due to creative differences with Lorne Michaels. Mike Myers was upgraded to repertory status. This season saw the first hosting gigs of three celebrities who would go on to be frequent SNL hosts: John Goodman, Christopher Walken, and Alec Baldwin. This season is also notorious for an in-cast spat towards the end of the season. Nora Dunn staged a boycott over the host of the episode, controversial comedian Andrew Dice Clay. Dunn refused to appear in the episode because of Clay's profane jokes about women. The original musical guest for the episode, Sinéad O'Connor, joined Dunn in her boycott and canceled her scheduled appearance. O'Connor was replaced by Julee Cruise and The Spanic Boys.

Bruce Willis/Neil Young

Episode: 1

Rick Moranis/Rickie Lee Jones

Episode: 2

Kathleen Turner/Billy Joel

Episode: 3

James Woods/Don Henley

Episode: 4

Chris Evert/Eurythmics

Episode: 5

Woody Harrelson/David Byrne

Episode: 6

John Goodman/k.d. lang & The Reclines

Episode: 7

Robert Wagner/Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville

Episode: 8

Andie MacDowell/Tracy Chapman

Episode: 9

Ed O'Neill/Harry Connick, Jr.

Episode: 10

Christopher Walken/Bonnie Raitt

Episode: 11

Quincy Jones

Episode: 12

Tom Hanks/Aerosmith

Episode: 13

Fred Savage/Technotronic

Episode: 14

Rob Lowe/The Pogues

Episode: 15

Debra Winger/Eric Clapton

Episode: 16

Corbin Bernsen/Smithereens

Episode: 17

Alec Baldwin/The B-52's

Episode: 18

Andrew Dice Clay/Spanic Boys & Julee Cruise

Episode: 19

Candice Bergen/Notting Hillbillies

Episode: 20

Season 16 ( 1990-09-29)

Saturday Night Live aired its sixteenth season during the 1990-1991 television season on NBC. 20 episodes were produced. The sixteenth season began on September 29, 1990, and ended on May 18, 1991. The 16th season of SNL was a transitional one: Several longtime cast members left, and a large number of additions were made to the roster. To ensure that he was not short on talent, Michaels chose to retain most of the late 1980s cast while in the process of hiring the people that would make up the early 1990s cast. At one point during the season, sixteen people were listed as cast members or featured players.

Kyle MacLachlan/Sinead O'Connor

Episode: 1

Susan Lucci/Hothouse Flowers

Episode: 2

George Steinbrenner/The Time

Episode: 3

Patrick Swayze/Mariah Carey

Episode: 4

Jimmy Smits/World Party

Episode: 5

Dennis Hopper/Paul Simon

Episode: 6

John Goodman/Faith No More

Episode: 7

Tom Hanks/Edie Brickell and New Bohemians

Episode: 8

Dennis Quaid/Neville Brothers

Episode: 9

Joe Mantegna/Vanilla Ice

Episode: 10

Sting

Episode: 11

Kevin Bacon/INXS

Episode: 12

Roseanne Barr/Dee-Lite

Episode: 13

Alec Baldwin/Whitney Houston

Episode: 14

Michael J. Fox/The Black Crowes

Episode: 15

Jeremy Irons/Fishbone

Episode: 16

Catherine O'Hara/R.E.M.

Episode: 17

Steven Seagal/Michael Bolton

Episode: 18

Delta Burke/Chris Isaak

Episode: 19

George Wendt/Elvis Costello

Episode: 20

Season 17 ( 1991-09-28)

Saturday Night Live aired its seventeenth season during the 1991-1992 television season on NBC. The seventeenth season started on September 28, 1991, and ended on May 16, 1992. Twenty episodes were produced. Many changes happened before the start of the season. A. Whitney Brown and Jan Hooks both left the show, but the major blow was the departure of long time cast member Dennis Miller, who had been the anchor of Weekend Update for six seasons. Following Miller's departure, Kevin Nealon was promoted to anchor of the skit. New cast members included Ellen Cleghorne, Siobhan Fallon and writer Robert Smigel. Beth Cahill and Melanie Hutsell also later joined the cast. Chris Farley, Chris Rock and Julia Sweeney were upgraded to repertory status. Tim Meadows, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade all stayed featured players. This was the final season for Victoria Jackson, who receive no on-screen goodbye at the end of the season. At the time, Jackson became the longest serving female cast member, with a total six seasons under her belt. She was later topped by Molly Shannon in the 26th season. This would be Beth Cahill and Siobhan Fallon's only season on the show.

Michael Jordan/Public Enemy

Episode: 1

Jeff Daniels/Color Me Badd

Episode: 2

Kirstie Alley/Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Episode: 3

Christian Slater/Bonnie Raitt

Episode: 4

Kiefer Sutherland/Skid Row

Episode: 5

Linda Hamilton/Mariah Carey

Episode: 6

Macaulay Culkin/Tin Machine

Episode: 7

Hammer

Episode: 8

Steve Martin/James Taylor

Episode: 9

Rob Morrow/Nirvana

Episode: 10

Chevy Chase/Robbie Robertson & Bruce Hornsby

Episode: 11

Susan Dey/C+C Music Factory

Episode: 12

Jason Priestley/Teenage Fan Club

Episode: 13

Roseanne Arnold & Tom Arnold/Red Hot Chili Peppers

Episode: 14

John Goodman/Garth Brooks

Episode: 15

Mary Stuart Masterson/En Vogue

Episode: 16

Sharon Stone/Pearl Jam

Episode: 17

Jerry Seinfeld/Annie Lennox

Episode: 18

Tom Hanks/Bruce Springsteen

Episode: 19

Woody Harrelson/Vanessa Williams

Episode: 20

Season 18 ( 1992-09-28)

Saturday Night Live aired its eighteenth season during the 1992-1993 television season on NBC. The eighteenth season began on September 26, 1992, and ended on May 15, 1993. Many changes happened before the start of the season. Long term cast member Victoria Jackson left the show after 6 seasons. Newer cast members Beth Cahill and Siobhan Fallon were both fired to make room in the cast. Unlike the past two seasons Lorne Michaels did not hire any new cast members. Ellen Cleghorne, Melanie Hutsell, Tim Meadows, Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel and David Spade stayed as featured players. Rob Schneider was upgraded to repertory status. Long term cast member Dana Carvey decided to leave the show mid season. This would also be the final season for Chris Rock and Robert Smigel. After three years with the show, Rock decided to quit the show at the end of the season. Rock had become frustrated with never quite finding a voice on the show and wanted to instead focus on his stand-up career. Writer and featured player Smigel left to become the head writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, but would later return to the show in 1996 to write and produce the "TV Funhouse" cartoons. This season was also home to one of SNL's most infamous moments: Sinéad O'Connor tearing Pope John Paul II's photo at the end of her second performance on the episode hosted by Tim Robbins.

Nicolas Cage/Bobby Brown

Episode: 1

Tim Robbins/Sinead O'Connor

Episode: 2

Joe Pesci/Spin Doctors

Episode: 3

Christopher Walken/Arrested Development

Episode: 4

Catherine O'Hara/10,000 Maniacs

Episode: 5

Michael Keaton/Morrissey

Episode: 6

Sinbad/Sade

Episode: 7

Tom Arnold/Neil Young

Episode: 8

Glenn Close/The Black Crowes

Episode: 9

Danny DeVito/Bon Jovi

Episode: 10

Harvey Keitel/Madonna

Episode: 11

Luke Perry/Mick Jagger

Episode: 12

Alec Baldwin/Paul McCartney

Episode: 13

Bill Murray/Sting

Episode: 14

John Goodman/Mary J. Blige

Episode: 15

Miranda Richardson/Soul Asylum

Episode: 16

Jason Alexander/Peter Gabriel

Episode: 17

Kirstie Alley/Lenny Kravitz

Episode: 18

Christina Applegate/Midnight Oil

Episode: 19

Kevin Kline/Willie Nelson & Paul Simon

Episode: 20

Season 19 ( 1993-09-25)

Saturday Night Live aired its nineteenth season during the 1993-1994 television season on NBC. The season began on September 25, 1993 and ended on May 14, 1994. Many changes happened before the start of the season. Dana Carvey had left the show in the middle of the previous season. Chris Rock and Robert Smigel also left the show at the end of the previous season. Ellen Cleghorne, Melanie Hutsell, Tim Meadows, Adam Sandler, and David Spade were all promoted to repertory status. Stand-up comics Norm Macdonald, Jay Mohr and Sarah Silverman were hired as writers and would debut as featured players a few episodes into the season. Veteran comic actor Michael McKean joined the show mid-season as a repertory cast member. This would also be the final season for Phil Hartman, Melanie Hutsell, Rob Schneider, Sarah Silverman and Julia Sweeney. A major blow for the show was the loss of Hartman. Before his final show the entire cast and crew presented him with a bronzed stick of glue, symbolizing how he had become "The Glue" of the show, a term coined by Adam Sandler.

Charles Barkley/Nirvana

Episode: 1

Shannen Doherty/Cypress Hill

Episode: 2

Jeff Goldblum/Aerosmith

Episode: 3

John Malkovich/Billy Joel

Episode: 4

Christian Slater/Smashing Pumpkins

Episode: 5

Rosie O'Donnell/James Taylor

Episode: 6

Nicole Kidman/Stone Temple Pilots

Episode: 7

Charlton Heston/Paul Westerberg

Episode: 8

Sally Field/Tony! Toni! Tone!

Episode: 9

Jason Patric/Blind Melon

Episode: 10

Sara Gilbert/Counting Crows

Episode: 11

Patrick Stewart/Salt-n-Pepa

Episode: 12

Alec Baldwin & Kim Basinger/UB40

Episode: 13

Martin Lawrence/Crash Test Dummies

Episode: 14

Nancy Kerrigan/Aretha Franklin

Episode: 15

Helen Hunt/Snoop Doggy Dogg

Episode: 16

Kelsey Grammer/Dwight Yoakam

Episode: 17

Emilio Estevez/Pearl Jam

Episode: 18

John Goodman/The Pretenders

Episode: 19

Heather Locklear/Janet Jackson

Episode: 20

Season 20 ( 1994-09-24)

Saturday Night Live aired its twentieth season during the 1994–95 television season on NBC. The twentieth season began on September 24, 1994 and ended on May 13, 1995. Much like seasons six and eleven, this season was lambasted by critics for its decline in quality. Season twenty suffered from having sketches based on very thin premises, a high number of which focused on or mentioned O. J. Simpson's 1995 murder trial. Much like the 1980–1981 season and the 1985–1986 season, NBC worried over SNL's decline in quality and initially decided that now would be the best time to pull the plug on the show once and for all. According to the prime time special Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation, Lorne Michaels credits this season as the closest he's ever been to being fired. In the end, the cast member firings and crew turnover resulting from this season represented the biggest involvement into the show's affairs by NBC executives since the 1980–1981 season and the biggest cast overhaul since the 1985–1986 season. This season saw the deaths of two SNL alumni: Danitra Vance and Michael O'Donoghue. The Sarah Jessica Parker/R.E.M. episode featured a special appearance by Bill Murray, who introduced a clip of "Mr. Mike's Least Favorite Bedtime Stories" in O'Donoghue's memory.

Steve Martin/Eric Clapton

Episode: 1

Marisa Tomei/Bonnie Raitt

Episode: 2

John Travolta/Seal

Episode: 3

Dana Carvey/Edie Brickell

Episode: 4

Sarah Jessica Parker/R.E.M.

Episode: 5

John Turturro/Tom Petty

Episode: 6

Roseanne/Green Day

Episode: 7

Alec Baldwin/Beastie Boys

Episode: 8

George Foreman/Hole

Episode: 9

Jeff Daniels/Luscious Jackson

Episode: 10

David Hyde Pierce/Live

Episode: 11

Bob Newhart/Des'ree

Episode: 12

Deion Sanders/Bon Jovi

Episode: 13

George Clooney/The Cranberries

Episode: 14

Paul Reiser/Annie Lennox

Episode: 15

John Goodman/Tragically Hip

Episode: 16

Damon Wayans/Dionne Farris

Episode: 17

Courteney Cox/Dave Matthews Band

Episode: 18

Bob Saget/TLC

Episode: 19

David Duchovny/Rod Stewart

Episode: 20

Season 21 ( 1995-09-30)

The twenty-first season began September 30, 1995 and ended on May 18, 1996. 20 episodes were produced. SNL once again dodged cancellation from season twenty's low ratings and scathing reviews about the show's decline in quality. Only five cast members: Norm Macdonald, Mark McKinney, Tim Meadows, Molly Shannon and David Spade returned to the show from the previous season. This would be the final season for David Spade. Spade had agreed to stay only for a year so that he could be a bridge between the old and new casts. Newcomers David Koechner and Nancy Walls were also let go after this season.

Mariel Hemingway/Blues Traveler

Episode: 1

Chevy Chase/Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories

Episode: 2

David Schwimmer/Natalie Merchant

Episode: 3

Gabriel Byrne/Alanis Morissette

Episode: 4

Quentin Tarantino/Smashing Pumpkins

Episode: 5

Laura Leighton/Rancid

Episode: 6

Anthony Edwards/Foo Fighters

Episode: 7

David Alan Grier/Silverchair

Episode: 8

Madeline Kahn/Bush

Episode: 9

Christopher Walken/Joan Osborne

Episode: 10

Alec Baldwin/Tori Amos

Episode: 11

Danny Aiello/Coolio

Episode: 12

Tom Arnold/Tupac Shakur

Episode: 13

Elle MacPherson/Sting

Episode: 14

John Goodman/Everclear

Episode: 15

Phil Hartman/Gin Blossoms

Episode: 16

Steve Forbes/Rage Against the Machine

Episode: 17

Teri Hatcher/Dave Matthews Band

Episode: 18

Christine Baranski/The Cure

Episode: 19

Jim Carrey/Soundgarden

Episode: 20

Season 22 ( 1996-09-28)

The twenty-second season began on September 28, 1996 and ended on May 17, 1997 with 20 episodes in all. Many changes happened before the start of the season. David Koechner and Nancy Walls were both let go after one season with the show. David Spade left the show on his own terms. This season is also notable for the people who hosted. Seven of the twenty hosts were former cast members. They included Dana Carvey, Robert Downey, Jr., Phil Hartman, Chris Rock and Martin Short. Chevy Chase and Mike Myers would host later in the season. This would mark Chase's final time hosting before getting banned.

Tom Hanks/Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Episode: 1

Lisa Kudrow/Sheryl Crow

Episode: 2

Bill Pullman/New Edition

Episode: 3

Dana Carvey/Dr. Dre

Episode: 4

Chris Rock/The Wallflowers

Episode: 5

Robert Downey Jr./Fiona Apple

Episode: 6

Phil Hartman/Bush

Episode: 7

Martin Short/No Doubt

Episode: 8

Rosie O'Donnell/Whitney Houston

Episode: 9

Kevin Spacey/Beck

Episode: 10

David Alan Grier/Snoop Doggy Dogg

Episode: 11

Neve Campbell/David Bowie

Episode: 12

Chevy Chase/Live

Episode: 13

Alec Baldwin/Tina Turner

Episode: 14

Sting/Veruca Salt

Episode: 15

Mike Myers/Aerosmith

Episode: 16

Rob Lowe/Spice Girls

Episode: 17

Pamela Lee/Rollins Band

Episode: 18

John Goodman/Jewel

Episode: 19

Jeff Goldblum/En Vogue

Episode: 20

Season 23 ( 1997-09-27)

The twenty-third season started September 27, 1997 and ended on May 9, 1998, with 20 episodes being produced. A few changes happened before the start of the season; Colin Quinn was promoted to repertory status and Mark McKinney left the show while Fred Wolf left in the start of the twenty-second season. This season was also notable for not having any featured players or any new cast members. This season was also the only season to have an opening sequence that didn't show any shots of New York City, being replaced by a 1950's-inspired design.

Sylvester Stallone/Jamiroquai

Episode: 1

Matthew Perry/Oasis

Episode: 2

Brendan Fraser/Bjork

Episode: 3

Chris Farley/The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Episode: 4

Jon Lovitz/Jane's Addiction

Episode: 5

Claire Danes/Mariah Carey

Episode: 6

Rudy Giuliani/Sarah McLachlan

Episode: 7

Nathan Lane/Metallica

Episode: 8

Helen Hunt/Hanson

Episode: 9

Samuel L. Jackson/Ben Folds Five

Episode: 10

Sarah Michelle Gellar/Portishead

Episode: 11

John Goodman/Paula Cole

Episode: 12

Roma Downey/Missy Elliot

Episode: 13

Garth Brooks

Episode: 14

Scott Wolf/Natalie Imbruglia

Episode: 15

Julianne Moore/Backstreet Boys

Episode: 16

Steve Buscemi/Third Eye Blind

Episode: 17

Greg Kinnear/All Saints

Episode: 18

Matthew Broderick/Natalie Merchant

Episode: 19

David Duchovny/Puff Daddy & Jimmy Page

Episode: 20

Season 24 ( 1998-09-26)

The twenty-fourth season started on Septe