Saturday Night Live (season 13)
|Saturday Night Live
The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 13th season.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original run||October 17, 1987 – February 27, 1988|
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.
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, unfortunately, 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 (the first episode to be cancelled due to the strike of 1988) was never confirmed.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
The writers for this season included A. Whitney Brown, Tom Davis, Greg Daniels, Jim Downey, Al Franken, Jack Handey, Phil Hartman, George Meyer, Lorne Michaels, Conan O'Brien, Bob Odenkirk, Herb Sargent, David Borowitz, Rosie Shuster, Robert Smigel, Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner and Christine Zander. The head writer, like the previous season, was Jim Downey.
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate|
|234||1||Steve Martin||Sting||October 17, 1987|
Al Franken rejoins the cast after a one year hiatus.
Presidential candidate Bruce Babbitt appears on Weekend Update.
First appearance of the Hans and Franz series of sketch.Sting performs "We'll Be Together," and "Little Wing" and appears in the "Operation: Tightwad" sketch as James Bond villain Goldensting, a parody of Goldfinger.
|235||2||Sean Penn||LL Cool J
|October 24, 1987|
Michael Penn, older brother of host Sean, performs "This and That" with his band The Pull.LL cool J performs Go Cut Creator Go.
|236||3||Dabney Coleman||The Cars||October 31, 1987|
|Guest appearance by Cassandra Peterson as Elvira.|
|237||4||Robert Mitchum||Simply Red||November 14, 1987|
|238||5||Candice Bergen||Cher||November 21, 1987|
|239||6||Danny DeVito||Bryan Ferry||December 5, 1987|
|Bob Odenkirk's first credited episode as a writer.|
|240||7||Angie Dickinson||Buster Poindexter
|December 12, 1987|
|David Gilmour performs an instrumental guitar jam with the SNL house band called "Song For My Sara."|
|241||8||Paul Simon||Linda Ronstadt||December 19, 1987|
|242||9||Robin Williams||James Taylor||January 23, 1988|
|243||10||Carl Weathers||Robbie Robertson||January 30, 1988|
|244||11||Justine Bateman||Terence Trent D'Arby||February 13, 1988|
D'Arby performs "Wishing Well" and "Under My Thumb."Dan Aykroyd appears as Bob Dole in the cold opening.
|245||12||Tom Hanks||Randy Travis||February 20, 1988|
|246||13||Judge Reinhold||10,000 Maniacs||February 27, 1988|