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

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