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
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. Mike Myers was upgraded to repertory status mid-season. This was the final season for 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]


bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



No. in
Host Musical guest(s) Original air date
267 1 Bruce Willis Neil Young September 30, 1989 (1989-09-30)
268 2 Rick Moranis Rickie Lee Jones October 7, 1989 (1989-10-07)
  • Jones performs "Satellites" and "Ghetto of My Mind".[1]
269 3 Kathleen Turner Billy Joel October 21, 1989 (1989-10-21)
270 4 James Woods Don Henley October 28, 1989 (1989-10-28)
271 5 Chris Evert Eurythmics November 11, 1989 (1989-11-11)
272 6 Woody Harrelson David Byrne November 18, 1989 (1989-11-18)
273 7 John Goodman k.d. lang December 2, 1989 (1989-12-02)
  • k.d. lang & The Reclines performs "Pullin' Back the Reins" and "Johnny Get Angry".[1]
274 8 Robert Wagner Linda Ronstadt
Aaron Neville
December 9, 1989 (1989-12-09)
275 9 Andie MacDowell Tracy Chapman December 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]
276 10 Ed O'Neill Harry Connick, Jr. January 13, 1990 (1990-01-13)
277 11 Christopher Walken Bonnie Raitt January 20, 1990 (1990-01-20)
278 12 Quincy Jones Tevin Campbell, Kool Moe Dee & Big Daddy Kane February 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.
279 13 Tom Hanks Aerosmith February 17, 1990 (1990-02-17)
280 14 Fred Savage Technotronic February 24, 1990 (1990-02-24)
281 15 Rob Lowe The Pogues March 17, 1990 (1990-03-17)
  • The Pogues performs "White City" and "Body".[1]
  • Chevy Chase appears during the goodnights.
282 16 Debra Winger Eric Clapton March 24, 1990 (1990-03-24)
283 17 Corbin Bernsen The Smithereens April 14, 1990 (1990-04-14)
284 18 Alec Baldwin The B-52's April 21, 1990 (1990-04-21)
285 19 Andrew Dice Clay Julee Cruise & Spanic Boys May 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]
286 20 Candice Bergen The Notting Hillbillies May 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]


Title Original 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.


  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