Saturday Night Live (season 15)
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|Saturday Night Live (season 15)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original release||September 30, 1989– May 19, 1990|
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.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
|Host||Musical guest(s)||Original air date|
|267||1||Bruce Willis||Neil Young||September 30, 1989|
|268||2||Rick Moranis||Rickie Lee Jones||October 7, 1989|
|269||3||Kathleen Turner||Billy Joel||October 21, 1989|
|270||4||James Woods||Don Henley||October 28, 1989|
|271||5||Chris Evert||Eurythmics||November 11, 1989|
|272||6||Woody Harrelson||David Byrne||November 18, 1989|
|273||7||John Goodman||k.d. lang||December 2, 1989|
|274||8||Robert Wagner||Linda Ronstadt
|December 9, 1989|
|275||9||Andie MacDowell||Tracy Chapman||December 16, 1989|
|276||10||Ed O'Neill||Harry Connick, Jr.||January 13, 1990|
|277||11||Christopher Walken||Bonnie Raitt||January 20, 1990|
|278||12||Quincy Jones||Tevin Campbell, Kool Moe Dee & Big Daddy Kane||February 10, 1990|
|279||13||Tom Hanks||Aerosmith||February 17, 1990|
|280||14||Fred Savage||Technotronic||February 24, 1990|
|281||15||Rob Lowe||The Pogues||March 17, 1990|
|282||16||Debra Winger||Eric Clapton||March 24, 1990|
|283||17||Corbin Bernsen||The Smithereens||April 14, 1990|
|284||18||Alec Baldwin||The B-52's||April 21, 1990|
|285||19||Andrew Dice Clay||Julee Cruise & Spanic Boys||May 12, 1990|
|286||20||Candice Bergen||The Notting Hillbillies||May 19, 1990|
|Title||Original air date|
|"15th Anniversary Special"||September 24, 1989|
|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 and Paul Simon perform. Vintage musical clips include performances from David Bowie and Elvis Costello. John Belushi and Gilda Radner receive tributes in the special.|
- 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. p. 120. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
- Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 264. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
- "September 1989" Rolling Stone magazine, 14–28 December 1989, page 120