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


bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



Saturday Night Live season 14 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
247 1 Tom Hanks (3rd time) 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.

Contains the infamous "nude beach" sketch written by Conan O'Brien in which the word penis is mentioned 43 times.
249 3 John Larroquette (2nd time) Randy Newman
Mark Knopfler
October 22, 1988

Randy Newman and Mark Knopfler perform "It's Money That Matters" and "Dixie Flyer."

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

Johnny Clegg & Savuka perform "I Call Your Name" & "Take My Heart Away."

Kirsten Dunst appears in the cold opening as one of George Bush's (Dana Carvey) grandchildren.
252 6 John Lithgow (3rd time) Tracy Chapman November 19, 1988
Tracy Chapman performs Mountain o' Things, Freedom Now, and Baby Can I Hold You.
253 7 Danny DeVito (3rd time) 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

Bobby McFerrin performs Drive and The Star-Spangled Banner.

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

Little Feat perform Let It Roll and Hate To Lose Your Lovin.

Dana Carvey appears as Dennis Miller on Weekend Update.
256 10 John Malkovich Anita Baker January 21, 1989

Anita Baker performs Giving You the Best That I Got and Just Because.

Mike Myers' first episode as a cast member.
257 11 Tony Danza (2nd time) John Hiatt January 28, 1989

John Hiatt & The Goners perform Paper Thin and Slow Turning.

Joe Montana guest stars.
258 12 Ted Danson Luther Vandross February 11, 1989
Luther Vandross perform She Won't Talk to Me and For You to Love
259 13 Leslie Nielsen Cowboy Junkies February 18, 1989

Cowboy Junkies perform Sweet Jane and Misguided Angel.

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

Gipsy Kings perform Bamboleo and Djobi Djoba.

Guest appearance by William Hurt.
261 15 Mary Tyler Moore Elvis Costello March 25, 1989

Elvis Costello performs Veronica and Let Him Dangle.

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
Dolly Parton performs Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That and White Limozeen.
264 18 Geena Davis John Cougar Mellencamp April 22, 1989

John Cougar Mellencamp perform Pop Singer and Jackie Brown.

Ben Stiller's final episode as a cast member.
265 19 Wayne Gretzky Fine Young Cannibals May 13, 1989

Fine Young Cannibals perform She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing.

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 (11th time) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers May 20, 1989

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers perform Runnin' Down a Dream and Free Fallin'.

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.