Saturday Night Live (season 14)

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Saturday Night Live (season 14)
The title card for the fourteenth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Release
Original network NBC
Original release October 8, 1988 (1988-10-08) – May 20, 1989 (1989-05-20)
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The fourteenth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between October 8, 1988, and May 20, 1989.

Before the start of the season, no changes were made to the cast. Al Franken, having rejoined the show as a writer and occasional on-screen performer three years ago, was once again credited as a featured cast member. 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 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 in lieu of his planned monologue.

Cast[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor

Writers[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Host Musical guest(s) Original air date
247 1 Tom Hanks Keith Richards October 8, 1988
248 2 Matthew Broderick The Sugarcubes October 15, 1988
249 3 John Larroquette Randy Newman
Mark Knopfler
October 22, 1988
  • Randy Newman and Mark Knopfler performed "It's Money That Matters" and "Dixie Flyer."[2]
  • Dana Carvey appeared as Dennis Miller on Weekend Update.
250 4 Matthew Modine Edie Brickell and New Bohemians November 5, 1988
251 5 Demi Moore Johnny Clegg & Savuka November 12, 1988
  • Johnny Clegg & Savuka performed "I Call Your Name" and "Take My Heart Away."[2]
  • Kirsten Dunst appeared 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
254 8 Kevin Kline Bobby McFerrin December 10, 1988
255 9 Melanie Griffith Little Feat December 17, 1988
256 10 John Malkovich Anita Baker January 21, 1989
257 11 Tony Danza John Hiatt January 28, 1989
258 12 Ted Danson Luther Vandross February 11, 1989
259 13 Leslie Nielsen Cowboy Junkies February 18, 1989
260 14 Glenn Close Gipsy Kings February 25, 1989
261 15 Mary Tyler Moore Elvis Costello March 25, 1989
262 16 Mel Gibson Living Colour April 1, 1989
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
  • Fine Young Cannibals performed "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing."[2]
  • Guest appearance by Gretzky's wife 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
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performed "Runnin' Down a Dream" and "Free Fallin'."[2]
  • 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.
  • Guest appearance by Paulina Porizkova.
  • Contains the first Toonces sketch.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 202–203. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 124–127. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  3. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 237. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  4. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 264. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  5. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 226–229. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  6. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 230–232. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  7. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 234–236. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.