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 network 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



No. in
Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original air date
307 1 Michael Jordan Public Enemy September 28, 1991
308 2 Jeff Daniels Color Me Badd October 5, 1991
309 3 Kirstie Alley Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers October 12, 1991
310 4 Christian Slater Bonnie Raitt October 26, 1991
311 5 Kiefer Sutherland Skid Row November 2, 1991
312 6 Linda Hamilton Mariah Carey November 16, 1991
313 7 Macaulay Culkin Tin Machine November 23, 1991
314 8 MC Hammer MC Hammer December 7, 1991
315 9 Steve Martin James Taylor December 14, 1991
  • James Taylor performs "(I've Got to) Stop Thinkin' 'Bout That",[2] "Shed a Little Light",[2] and "Sweet Baby James."
  • Martin and the cast perform the "Tonight Song"[3]
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."[2] The band trashed their instruments during the latter song.
317 11 Chevy Chase Robbie Robertson
Bruce Hornsby & the Range
January 18, 1992
318 12 Susan Dey C&C Music Factory February 8, 1992
319 13 Jason Priestley Teenage Fanclub February 15, 1992
  • Teenage Fanclub performs "Concept", "What You Do to Me", and "Pet Rock."[2]
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" and "Under The Bridge."[2]
321 15 John Goodman Garth Brooks March 14, 1992
322 16 Mary Stuart Masterson En Vogue March 21, 1992
323 17 Sharon Stone Pearl Jam April 11, 1992
324 18 Jerry Seinfeld Annie Lennox April 18, 1992
  • Annie Lennox performs "Why" and "Legend in My Living Room."[2]
325 19 Tom Hanks Bruce Springsteen May 9, 1992
326 20 Woody Harrelson Vanessa Williams May 16, 1992


Title Original air date
"Halloween Special" October 28, 1991
Wayne (Mike Myers) & Garth (Dana Carvey) host this compilation of some of SNL's greatest Halloween-themed sketches.
"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.


  1. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 264. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 124–127. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  3. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 121. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.