This would be the final season for everyone in the cast. Tom Davis and Downey would return to the show in future seasons as writers. Al Franken, Doyle-Murray, Novello, and Shearer would rejoin the cast in future seasons (Franken would also return as a writer).
As previously mentioned, Michaels upgraded many of the show's writers to cast member status, including Aykroyd, Downey, Doyle-Murray, Novello, Schiller and Zweibel. Doyle-Murray would be the only one to return, as a writer, in the following season.
This season's writers were Peter Aykroyd, Anne Beatts, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Al Franken, Tom Gammill, Lorne Michaels, Matt Neuman, Don Novello, Sarah Paley, Max Pross, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Harry Shearer, Rosie Shuster and Alan Zweibel. The head writer was Herb Sargent.
- This is Chase's second time as host.
- This is Faithfull's only time as musical guest.
- This is Scott's only time as musical guest.
- This is Shearer's first episode as a member of the main repertory cast rather than as a featured performer.
- New opening montage, featuring all cast members in rolling still images in a bar setting.
Faithfull performs "Broken English" and "Guilt". Chase and Scott perform "Sixteen Tons".
- This is Gould's fifth time as host.
- This is Numan's only time as musical guest.
- This episode features a running gag where Father Guido Sarducci attempts to interview former President Richard Nixon, and stakes out his New York apartment building.
Gary Numan performs "Cars" and "Praying to the Aliens".
- There is no announced guest host.
- This is Simon's second time as musical guest (though unbilled as such in the opening credits).
- This is Taylor's third time as musical guest (though unbilled as such in the opening credits).
- This is Sanborn's only time as musical guest.
- The show celebrates its 100th episode, and features several cameos.
Simon and Taylor perform "Cathy's Clown", "Sunny Skies", and "Take Me to the Mardi Gras". David Sanborn performs "Anything You Want".
- This is Newhart's first time as host.
- This is The Amazing Rhythm Aces's first and only time as musical guest.
- In a Weekend Update commentary, "A Limo For A Lame-O", Franken laments that he doesn't have limo service like NBC president Fred Silverman, despite the network's poor ratings and shaky finances under Silverman's leadership. This ruined Franken's slim chance of succeeding Lorne Michaels as the show's executive producer.