Saturday Night Live (season 15)

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Saturday Night Live (season 15)
The title card for the fifteenth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 30, 1989 (1989-09-30) – May 19, 1990 (1990-05-19)
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The fifteenth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 30, 1989, and May 19, 1990.

Very few changes were made before and during the season. This is the first season to show StereoSurround where available captioning during the opening montage. Mike Myers was upgraded to repertory status mid-season. This was the final season for Nora Dunn and Jon Lovitz.

This season saw the first hosting gigs of three celebrities who would go on to be frequent SNL hosts: John Goodman, who auditioned to be a cast member on SNL during the 1980–81 season and frequently appeared on SNL in the mid-1990s as Linda Tripp; Christopher Walken, whose sketch "The Continental" had been a staple in six of the seven episodes hosted by Walken; and Alec Baldwin (who surpassed Steve Martin as the most frequent SNL host).

A live special commemorating the fifteen seasons of SNL was aired September 24, 1989, before the start of the season.[citation needed]

Cast[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor

Writers[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
HostMusical guest(s)Original air date
2671Bruce WillisNeil YoungSeptember 30, 1989 (1989-09-30)

2682Rick MoranisRickie Lee JonesOctober 7, 1989 (1989-10-07)

  • Jones performs "Satellites" and "Ghetto of My Mind".[1]
2693Kathleen TurnerBilly JoelOctober 21, 1989 (1989-10-21)

2704James WoodsDon HenleyOctober 28, 1989 (1989-10-28)

2715Chris EvertEurythmicsNovember 11, 1989 (1989-11-11)

2726Woody HarrelsonDavid ByrneNovember 18, 1989 (1989-11-18)

2737John Goodmank.d. langDecember 2, 1989 (1989-12-02)

  • k.d. lang & The Reclines performs "Pullin' Back the Reins" and "Johnny Get Angry".[1]
2748Robert WagnerLinda Ronstadt
Aaron Neville
December 9, 1989 (1989-12-09)

2759Andie MacDowellTracy ChapmanDecember 16, 1989 (1989-12-16)

  • Chapman performs "Give Me One Reason",[1] which wouldn't be released until 1995, and "All That You Have".[1]
  • Al Franken's son Joe appears during Weekend Update in a take-off of Franken's "Al Franken Decade" bit, in which the 1990s are referred to as the "Joe Franken Decade".
  • Jon Lovitz portrays Hanukkah Harry.[2]
27610Ed O'NeillHarry Connick, Jr.January 13, 1990 (1990-01-13)

27711Christopher WalkenBonnie RaittJanuary 20, 1990 (1990-01-20)

27812Quincy JonesTevin Campbell, Kool Moe Dee & Big Daddy KaneFebruary 10, 1990 (1990-02-10)

  • Quincy Jones' monologue consists of a performance of Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca" by an expanded SNL Band.
  • Jones joins the musical guests in performing "Back on the Block" and "Wee B. Dooinit".[1]
  • Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, and Jones' son Quincy Jones III appear in the "Crown Heights" sketch.
27913Tom HanksAerosmithFebruary 17, 1990 (1990-02-17)

28014Fred SavageTechnotronicFebruary 24, 1990 (1990-02-24)

28115Rob LoweThe PoguesMarch 17, 1990 (1990-03-17)

  • The Pogues performs "White City" and "Body".[1]
  • Chevy Chase appears during the goodnights.
28216Debra WingerEric ClaptonMarch 24, 1990 (1990-03-24)

28317Corbin BernsenThe SmithereensApril 14, 1990 (1990-04-14)

28418Alec BaldwinThe B-52'sApril 21, 1990 (1990-04-21)

28519Andrew Dice ClayJulee Cruise & Spanic BoysMay 12, 1990 (1990-05-12)

  • Spanic Boys performs "Keep On Walking".[1]
  • Cruise performs "Falling".[1]
  • The show was broadcast on a seven second delay.[3]
  • Nora Dunn and scheduled musical guest Sinéad O'Connor boycotted this episode in protest of host Andrew Dice Clay's jokes about women. Julee Cruise and Spanic Boys both were quickly hired to replace O'Connor. Dunn was fired at the end of the season.
28620Candice BergenThe Notting HillbilliesMay 19, 1990 (1990-05-19)

  • This is Nora Dunn and Jon Lovitz's final episode as cast members.
  • The Notting Hillbillies performs "Railroad Worksong" and "Love You Too Much".[1]

Special[edit]

TitleOriginal air date
"15th Anniversary Special"September 24, 1989 (1989-09-24)
A special celebrating the 15th anniversary of the show. A long list of cast members, guest hosts, and other special people honor the show's anniversary. Chevy Chase and Garrett Morris appear in the cold open, debating about whether or not Chase is too old to open the show with a pratfall (as he had routinely done when he had been a cast member). Tom Hanks performed the opening monologue, which pokes fun at the cliches of SNL opening monologues in general. Prince[4] and Paul Simon perform. Vintage musical clips include performances from David Bowie and Elvis Costello.[4] John Belushi and Gilda Radner receive tributes in the special.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 124–127. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
  2. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 120. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
  3. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 264. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
  4. ^ a b "September 1989" Rolling Stone magazine, 14–28 December 1989, page 120