Saturday Night Live (season 13)
|Saturday Night Live Season 13|
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|
|List of Saturday Night Live episodes|
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, 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 (the first episode to be cancelled due to the strike of 1988) was never confirmed.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
|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 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|
|Cher performs "We All Sleep Alone" and "I Found Someone." Guest appearance by Paul Shaffer.|
|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|
|Namesake U.S. Senator Paul Simon, a presidential candidate at the time, makes a cameo in the monologue. Dana Carvey appears during Weekend Update as Dennis Miller for the first time.|
|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|
|Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels first writing credits as staff members. 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|
- Shales, Tom (2003). Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live. Back Bay. ISBN 0-316-73565-5.
- "The SNL Archives 1987". Retrieved 27 July 2012.