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 origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28) – May 17, 1997 (1997-05-17)
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List of Saturday Night Live episodes

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).

Cast[edit]

Changes and notes[edit]

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 Koechner and Walls. Gasteyer and Morgan would both go on to have long tenures on the show.

Chris Kattan was promoted to repertory status while Fred Wolf stayed as a featured player.

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.

Cast roster[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor

Writers[edit]

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

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Host Musical guest Original air date
407 1 Tom Hanks Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)
408 2 Lisa Kudrow Sheryl Crow October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)
409 3 Bill Pullman New Edition October 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)
410 4 Dana Carvey Dr. Dre October 26, 1996 (1996-10-26)
411 5 Chris Rock The Wallflowers November 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)
412 6 Robert Downey, Jr. Fiona Apple November 16, 1996 (1996-11-16)
413 7 Phil Hartman Bush November 23, 1996 (1996-11-23)
414 8 Martin Short No Doubt December 7, 1996 (1996-12-07)
415 9 Rosie O'Donnell Whitney Houston December 14, 1996 (1996-12-14)
416 10 Kevin Spacey Beck January 11, 1997 (1997-01-11)
417 11 David Alan Grier Snoop Doggy Dogg January 18, 1997 (1997-01-18)
418 12 Neve Campbell David Bowie February 8, 1997 (1997-02-08)
419 13 Chevy Chase Live February 15, 1997 (1997-02-15)
420 14 Alec Baldwin Tina Turner February 22, 1997 (1997-02-22)
421 15 Sting Veruca Salt March 15, 1997 (1997-03-15)
  • Veruca Salt performs "Shutterbug".
  • Sting performs "My One & Only Love".
  • Guest appearances by Mark Hamill (during the "Shopping at Home Network" sketch) and Trudie Styler (during the "Audition" sketch).
422 16 Mike Myers Aerosmith March 22, 1997 (1997-03-22)
423 17 Rob Lowe Spice Girls April 12, 1997 (1997-04-12)
424 18 Pamela Anderson Rollins Band April 19, 1997 (1997-04-19)
  • Anderson's then-husband, rocker Tommy Lee, appeared as himself in two sketches.
  • Rollins Band performs "Starve".
425 19 John Goodman Jewel May 10, 1997 (1997-05-10)
426 20 Jeff Goldblum En Vogue May 17, 1997 (1997-05-17)

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