Saturday Night Live (season 14)

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Saturday Night Live Season 14
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The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 14th season.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run October 8, 1988 – May 20, 1989
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List of Saturday Night Live episodes

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 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.

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 (with The Blues Brothers as musical guests) as part of his monologue.

Cast[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor

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Episodes[edit]

Saturday Night Live season 14 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
247 1 Tom Hanks Keith Richards October 8, 1988
Jim Downey appears as Paul McElroy in the "First Citywide Change Bank" sketches. Jeff Renaudo makes a cameo appearance in the "Bush-Dukakis Debate" sketch as Dan Quayle. Downey, Conan O'Brien, and Bob Odenkirk are bit players. Keith Richards performs "Take It So Hard" and "Struggle".
248 2 Matthew Broderick The Sugarcubes October 15, 1988
The Sugarcubes performs "Birthday" and "Motorcrash." Guest appearance by Catherine O'Hara and Laurie Metcalf.
249 3 John Larroquette Randy Newman
Mark Knopfler
October 22, 1988
Dana Carvey appears as Dennis Miller on Weekend Update.
250 4 Matthew Modine Edie Brickell and New Bohemians November 5, 1988
Edie Brickell performs "What I Am", and "Little Miss S" Guest appearance by Morton Downey Jr.
251 5 Demi Moore Johnny Clegg & Savuka November 12, 1988
Kirsten Dunst appears in the cold opening as one of George Bush's (Dana Carvey) grandchildren.
252 6 John Lithgow Tracy Chapman November 19, 1988
253 7 Danny DeVito The Bangles December 3, 1988
The Bangles performs In Your Room and A Hazy Shade of Winter. Guest appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.
254 8 Kevin Kline Bobby McFerrin December 10, 1988
This episode was dedicated to Roy Orbison, the musical guest of the 1986-1987 season finale, who died on December 6.
255 9 Melanie Griffith Little Feat December 17, 1988
Dana Carvey appears as Dennis Miller on Weekend Update.
256 10 John Malkovich Anita Baker January 21, 1989
Mike Myers' first episode as a cast member.
257 11 Tony Danza John Hiatt January 28, 1989
Joe Montana guest stars.
258 12 Ted Danson Luther Vandross February 11, 1989
259 13 Leslie Nielsen Cowboy Junkies February 18, 1989
The first "Wayne's World" sketch appears in this episode. Guest appearances by Cheryl Tiegs, Beverly Johnson, and Kim Alexis.
260 14 Glenn Close Gipsy Kings February 25, 1989
Guest appearance by William Hurt.
261 15 Mary Tyler Moore Elvis Costello March 25, 1989
Ben Stiller's first episode as a cast member. This episode marks the debut of Sprockets featuring Mike Myers as Dieter.
262 16 Mel Gibson Living Colour April 1, 1989
Living Colour performs "Cult of Personality" and "Open Letter (To a Landlord)." Guest appearance by Danny Glover.
263 17 Dolly Parton Dolly Parton April 15, 1989
264 18 Geena Davis John Cougar Mellencamp April 22, 1989
265 19 Wayne Gretzky Fine Young Cannibals May 13, 1989

Guest appearance by Janet Jones.

Sketches include: Jimmy Carter in Panama, Wayne Gretzky open, Sleepytime Sewer Rats (commercial parody), Anal Retentative Sportsman, Wayne's World, Waikiki Hockey, closing credits.

This episode was released as part of the three-episode "Best of Saturday Night Live: Special Edition" VHS (1992).
266 20 Steve Martin Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers May 20, 1989
In the opening monologue, Steve Martin visibly struggles to hold back tears as he paid tribute to Gilda Radner, who had died of cancer on the afternoon before the broadcast. Martin and Radner's "Dancing in the Dark" sketch, originally shown in episode 64 in 1978, was also offered in tribute. Ben Stiller's final episode as a cast member. Guest appearance by Paulina Porizkova.

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