Saturday Night Live (season 22)

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Saturday Night Live (season 22)
The title card for the twenty-second season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 28, 1996 (1996-09-28) –
May 17, 1997 (1997-05-17)
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The twenty-second season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 28, 1996, and May 17, 1997.

This season is notable for the host selection. Seven of the 20 hosts were former cast members. They included Dana Carvey, Robert Downey, Jr., Phil Hartman, Chris Rock, Martin Short, Chevy Chase and Mike Myers. This would mark Chase's final time hosting before getting banned (returning much later for numerous guest appearances).


Many changes happened before the start of the season. David Koechner and Nancy Walls were both let go after one season with the show. David Spade left the show on his own terms.

Ana Gasteyer and Tracy Morgan were hired to replace David Koechner and Nancy Walls.

Chris Kattan was promoted to repertory status while Colin Quinn and Fred Wolf stayed as featured players.

This would be the final season for Mark McKinney and Fred Wolf. Wolf would leave his position as featured player and co-head writer after the season's first three episodes. Also, this is the final season to show the Dolby Surround and NBC captioning during the opening montage.

Cast roster[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor


Robert Carlock and Stephen Colbert join the writing staff in this season.


No. in
HostMusical guestOriginal air date
4071Tom HanksTom Petty & the HeartbreakersSeptember 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)

4082Lisa KudrowSheryl CrowOctober 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)

4093Bill PullmanNew EditionOctober 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)

4104Dana CarveyDr. DreOctober 26, 1996 (1996-10-26)

4115Chris RockThe WallflowersNovember 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)

4126Robert Downey, Jr.Fiona AppleNovember 16, 1996 (1996-11-16)

4137Phil HartmanBushNovember 23, 1996 (1996-11-23)

4148Martin ShortNo DoubtDecember 7, 1996 (1996-12-07)

4159Rosie O'DonnellWhitney HoustonDecember 14, 1996 (1996-12-14)

41610Kevin SpaceyBeckJanuary 11, 1997 (1997-01-11)

41711David Alan GrierSnoop Doggy DoggJanuary 18, 1997 (1997-01-18)

41812Neve CampbellDavid BowieFebruary 8, 1997 (1997-02-08)

41913Chevy ChaseLiveFebruary 15, 1997 (1997-02-15)

42014Alec BaldwinTina TurnerFebruary 22, 1997 (1997-02-22)

42115StingVeruca SaltMarch 15, 1997 (1997-03-15)

  • Mark Hamill appears during the "Shopping at Home Network" sketch.
  • Sting's wife Trudie Styler appears during the "Audition" sketch.
  • Veruca Salt performs "Shutterbug".
  • Sting performs "My One & Only Love".
42216Mike MyersAerosmithMarch 22, 1997 (1997-03-22)

42317Rob LoweSpice GirlsApril 12, 1997 (1997-04-12)

42418Pamela AndersonRollins BandApril 19, 1997 (1997-04-19)

  • Anderson's then-husband, rocker Tommy Lee, appeared as himself in the "Movie Shoot" sketch and "Hey, Remember The 80's" sketch.
  • Rollins Band performs "Starve".
42519John GoodmanJewelMay 10, 1997 (1997-05-10)

42620Jeff GoldblumEn VogueMay 17, 1997 (1997-05-17)