Saturday Night Live (season 17)

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Saturday Night Live (season 17)
The title card for the seventeenth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original channel NBC
Original release September 28, 1991 (1991-09-28) – May 16, 1992 (1992-05-16)
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The seventeenth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 28, 1991, and May 16, 1992.

Many changes happened before the start of the season. A. Whitney Brown, Jan Hooks and longtime Weekend Update anchor Dennis Miller all left the show. Following Miller's departure, Kevin Nealon was promoted to anchor.

New cast members included Ellen Cleghorne, Siobhan Fallon and writer Robert Smigel. Beth Cahill and Melanie Hutsell also later joined the cast. Chris Farley, Chris Rock and Julia Sweeney were upgraded to repertory status, while Tim Meadows remained in the middle group. Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade were promoted to the middle group.

This was the final season for Victoria Jackson. At the time, Jackson became the longest serving female cast member, with a total of six seasons on the show. She was later surpassed by Molly Shannon in the 26th season. This would be Beth Cahill and Siobhan Fallon's only season on the show.


bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



Saturday Night Live season 17 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
307 1 Michael Jordan Public Enemy September 28, 1991

Ellen Cleghorne, Siobhan Fallon and Robert Smigel's first episode as cast members.

Guest appearances by George Wendt, Spike Lee and Jesse Jackson, who read Green Eggs and Ham.

Public Enemy performs "Can't Truss It" & "Bring the Noise."
308 2 Jeff Daniels Color Me Badd October 5, 1991

This episode features the first appearance of "The Chris Farley Show."

Color Me Badd performs "I Wanna Sex You Up" and "I Adore Mi Amor."
309 3 Kirstie Alley Tom Petty October 12, 1991

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performs "Into the Great Wide Open" and "Kings Highway."

Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson and George Wendt appear as themselves in the opening monologue.
310 4 Christian Slater Bonnie Raitt October 26, 1991

John McLaughlin makes an appearance as himself in the cold opening.

Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a guest appearance.

Bonnie Raitt performs "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me."
311 5 Kiefer Sutherland Skid Row November 2, 1991
Skid Row performs "Piece of Me" and "Monkey Business."
312 6 Linda Hamilton Mariah Carey November 16, 1991

Edward Furlong appears as his Terminator 2 character, John Connor, in a Terminator parody.

Martin Scorsese appears as himself in "The Chris Farley Show."

Beth Cahill and Melanie Hutsell's first episode as cast members.

Mariah Carey performs "Can't Let Go" and "If It's Over."
313 7 Macaulay Culkin Tin Machine November 23, 1991

Tin Machine performs "Baby Universal" and "If There Is Something."

Kieran Culkin appears as Froggy in a Richmeister sketch.

George Wendt (who played Culkin's father in the music video for Michael Jackson's "Black or White") reprises his role as Bob Swerski in "Bill Swerski's Superfans."
314 8 MC Hammer MC Hammer December 7, 1991
Hammer performs "Too Legit to Quit", "Addams Groove", and "This Is The Way We Roll. Christina Ricci and Jimmy Workman introduce Addams Groove."
315 9 Steve Martin James Taylor December 14, 1991
James Taylor performs "(I've Got to) Stop Thinkin' 'Bout That", "Shed a Little Light", and "Sweet Baby James."
316 10 Rob Morrow Nirvana January 11, 1992

Rob Morrow shows a clip from the "Substitute Judge" sketch on the season five episode during the monologue, pointing out that Morrow played one of the jurors.

Nirvana performs "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Territorial Pissings." The band trashed their instruments during the latter song.
317 11 Chevy Chase Robbie Robertson
Bruce Hornsby & the Range
January 18, 1992

Guest appearance by George Wendt.

Robbie Robertson performs "Go Back to Your Woods" and "The Weight."
318 12 Susan Dey C&C Music Factory February 8, 1992
C+C Music Factory performs "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)", "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" and "Deeper Love."
319 13 Jason Priestley Teenage Fanclub February 15, 1992
Teenage Fanclub performs "Concept", "What You Do to Me", and "Pet Rock."
320 14 Roseanne Arnold
Tom Arnold
Red Hot Chili Peppers February 22, 1992

Madonna appears in a Coffee Talk sketch as a panelist. At the end of the Coffee Talk sketch, Barbra Streisand makes an appearance as herself.

Red Hot Chili Peppers performs "Stone Cold Bush" & "Under The Bridge."
321 15 John Goodman Garth Brooks March 14, 1992
Garth Brooks performs "Rodeo" and "The River."
322 16 Mary Stuart Masterson En Vogue March 21, 1992
En Vogue performs "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)", "Hold On", and "Free Your Mind."
323 17 Sharon Stone Pearl Jam April 11, 1992

Pearl Jam performs "Alive" and "Porch."

Guest appearance by Jon Lovitz.
324 18 Jerry Seinfeld Annie Lennox April 18, 1992
Annie Lennox performs "Why" and "Legend in My Living Room."
325 19 Tom Hanks Bruce Springsteen May 9, 1992

Guest appearance by Jay Leno.

Bruce Springsteen performs "Lucky Town", "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)", and "Living Proof."

Joe Pesci was the original host for this episode, but had to cancel due to the filming of Home Alone 2 running late.
326 20 Woody Harrelson Vanessa Williams May 16, 1992

Victoria Jackson, Beth Cahill and Siobhan Fallon's final episode as cast members.

Vanessa Williams performs "Save the Best for Last" and "The Comfort Zone."


# Special Original airdate
1 "Halloween Special" October 28, 1991
Wayne (Mike Myers) & Garth (Dana Carvey) host this compilation of some of SNL's greatest Halloween-themed sketches.
2 "All the Best for Mother's Day" May 10, 1992
The cast and their mothers take a look at some of the best sketches from the 16th and 17th seasons. Sketches include "The Tonight Song," "Wayne's World," "The Chris Farley Show," "Massive Headwound Harry," and "Coffee Talk."

Wayne's World film[edit]

Wayne's World, a film based on the popular "Wayne's World" sketches, was released on February 14, 1992. Cast members Dana Carvey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Chris Farley and Mike Myers appear in the film. The film received positive reviews and was commercially successful, becoming the highest grossing SNL film to date.[citation needed] A sequel was produced in 1993, titled Wayne's World 2.