Saturday Night Live (season 12)
|Saturday Night Live (season 12)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original release||October 11, 1986– May 23, 1987|
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. 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 1986–87 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 1985–86 season was "...all a dream. A horrible, horrible dream."
The season included "Mastermind," a skit written by Jim Downey and Al Franken, in which Phil Hartman portrayed two sides of Ronald Reagan; 25 years later Todd Purdum called the skit "surely among the show’s Top 10 of all time".
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
This season's writers were Andy Breckman, A. Whitney Brown, E. Jean Carroll, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Al Franken, Jack Handey, Phil Hartman, George Meyer, Lorne Michaels, Kevin Nealon, Herb Sargent, Marc Shaiman, Rosie Shuster, Robert Smigel, Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner, Jon Vitti and Christine Zander. Downey also served as head writer.
|Host(s)||Musical guest||Original air date|
|214||1||Sigourney Weaver||(none)||October 11, 1986|
|215||2||Malcolm-Jamal Warner||Run DMC||October 18, 1986|
|216||3||Rosanna Arquette||Ric Ocasek||November 8, 1986|
|217||4||Sam Kinison||Lou Reed||November 15, 1986|
|218||5||Robin Williams||Paul Simon||November 22, 1986|
|219||6||Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Martin Short||Randy Newman||December 6, 1986|
|220||7||Steve Guttenberg||The Pretenders||December 13, 1986|
|221||8||William Shatner||Lone Justice||December 20, 1986|
|Deborah Harry||January 24, 1987|
|223||10||Paul Shaffer||Bruce Hornsby & the Range||January 31, 1987|
|224||11||Bronson Pinchot||Paul Young||February 14, 1987|
|225||12||Willie Nelson||Willie Nelson||February 21, 1987|
|226||13||Valerie Bertinelli||Robert Cray Band||February 28, 1987|
|227||14||Bill Murray||Percy Sledge||March 21, 1987|
|228||15||Charlton Heston||Wynton Marsalis||March 28, 1987|
|229||16||John Lithgow||Anita Baker||April 11, 1987|
|230||17||John Larroquette||Timbuk 3||April 18, 1987|
|231||18||Mark Harmon||Suzanne Vega||May 9, 1987|
|232||19||Garry Shandling||Los Lobos||May 16, 1987|
|233||20||Dennis Hopper||Roy Orbison||May 23, 1987|
- Gendel, Morgan (30 September 1986). "Another Groundling Hops To 'Snl'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
- Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 124–127. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
- Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 214–217. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
- Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 120. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
- Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 218–219. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
- Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 42. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.