Saturday Night Live (Season 22)

Saturday Night Live Season 22
The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 22nd season.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original channel NBC
Original run September 28, 1996 – May 17, 1997
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Saturday Night Live aired its twenty-second season during the 1996-1997 television season on NBC. The twenty-second season began on September 28, 1996 and ended on May 17, 1997 with 20 episodes in all.

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 season is also notable for the people who hosted. Seven of the twenty hosts were former cast members. They included Dana Carvey, Robert Downey, Jr., Phil Hartman, Chris Rock and Martin Short. Chevy Chase and Mike Myers would host later in the season. This would mark Chase's final time hosting before getting banned.

This would be the final season for Mark McKinney and Fred Wolf. Wolf would leave his position as head writer and featured player after the season's first three episodes.


Repertory players
Featured players
  • Colin Quinn
  • Fred Wolf (final Episode: October 19, 1996)

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor


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


Saturday Night Live season 22 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
4071 Tom Hanks Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersSeptember 28, 1996

Olympic athlete Kerri Strug makes a cameo appearance on Weekend Update alongside Chris Kattan, who would often imitate her on the show.

Ana Gasteyer and Tracy Morgan's first episode as cast members.

This episode marks the first appearance of Robert Smigel's "Saturday TV Funhouse" segment. The cartoon is the first installment of The Ambiguously Gay Duo, which originally debuted on the now-defunct sketch program The Dana Carvey Show earlier that year.

This is the first episode to feature Chris Kattan's character Mr. Peepers – the man/ape who shreds through apples.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers performed "Walls (No. 3)" and an electric version of "Angel Dream (No. 2)." 
4082 Lisa Kudrow Sheryl CrowOctober 5, 1996

David Lander makes a cameo appearance during the cold open as Squiggy.

Sheryl Crow performed "If It Makes You Happy" and "Love is a Good Thing." 
4093 Bill Pullman New EditionOctober 19, 1996

Fred Wolf's final episode as a cast member.

New Edition performs "Hit Me Off" and "I'm Still in Love with You." 
4104 Dana Carvey Dr. DreOctober 26, 1996

The "Tom Brokaw/Gerald Ford" sketch was originally performed on The Dana Carvey Show earlier that year. Dana Carvey (as Tom Brokaw) and Robert Smigel (in a voice-over role as the director) reprised their roles from the original sketch.

Dr. Dre performs "Been There, Done That." 
4115 Chris Rock The WallflowersNovember 2, 1996

Dana Carvey makes a cameo appearance, most notably as George H. W. Bush, who tells Norm Macdonald's Bob Dole to give up hope on the 1996 election. Carvey also appears as Charles Grodin in a parody of "The Charles Grodin Show," which features a cameo appearance by Abe Vigoda.

The Wallflowers perform "One Headlight." 
4126 Robert Downey, Jr. Fiona AppleNovember 16, 1996

Fiona Apple performs "Shadowboxer."

Bob Dole makes an appearance in the cold opening in which he and his wife, Elizabeth, ask Norm Macdonald to stop impersonating him after Dole's loss in the 1996 presidential election.

Evander Holyfield makes a cameo appearance as himself. 
4137 Phil Hartman BushNovember 23, 1996

Rodney Dangerfield appears on Weekend Update.

Bush performs "Swallowed" and "Insect Kin." 
4148 Martin Short No DoubtDecember 7, 1996

Chevy Chase makes a cameo appearance during a sketch featuring Short's Ed Grimley character.

First appearance of the Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch.

No Doubt performs "Don't Speak" and "Excuse Me Mr.." 
4159 Rosie O'Donnell Whitney HoustonDecember 14, 1996

O'Donnell's co-star in Kmart TV commercials, director/actress Penny Marshall, makes an appearance during the monologue and in a Mary Katherine Gallagher sketch.

Whitney Houston performs "I Got You Babe" with O'Donnell and Marshall, "Sleigh Bells" with Mary Katharine Gallagher, "I Believe in You and Me" and "I Go to the Rock."

Mike Judge appeared as Beavis and Butt-head on Weekend Update
41610 Kevin Spacey BeckJanuary 11, 1997

Beck performs "Where It's At" and "Devils Haircut."

Monty Python cast members Michael Palin and John Cleese have cameos, appearing in the cold opening as well as in select sketches (at one point, Palin announces that he is "the star of TV's Home Improvement, Tim Allen"). Near the end of the show, Cleese and Palin took over the show for one segment to perform their classic "Dead Parrot" sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus
41711 David Alan Grier Snoop Doggy DoggJanuary 18, 1997

Daz Dillinger and Charlie Wilson made cameo appearances.

Snoop Dogg performs "Snoop's Upside Ya Head" and "Vapors." 
41812 Neve Campbell David BowieFebruary 8, 1997

David Spade makes guest appearances during the monologue, "The Hollywood Minute" during Weekend Update, and as Woody Allen in a 60 Minutes sketch.

David Bowie performs "Little Wonder" and "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)." 
41913 Chevy Chase LiveFebruary 15, 1997
Live performs "Lakini's Juice" and "Heropsychodreamer." 
42014 Alec Baldwin Tina TurnerFebruary 22, 1997

Special guest appearance by Howard Stern.

Tina Turner appears in the cold opening and performs "In Your Wildest Dreams" and "Proud Mary." 
42115 Sting Veruca SaltMarch 15, 1997

Veruca Salt performs "Shutterbug."

Sting performs "My One & Only Love."

Guest appearances by Mark Hamill and Trudie Styler
42216 Mike Myers AerosmithMarch 22, 1997
Aerosmith performs "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" and "Nine Lives." 
42317 Rob Lowe Spice GirlsApril 12, 1997

Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro make cameo appearances during the "Joe Pesci Show" sketch. Colin Quinn portrays De Niro, alongside Jim Breuer's Pesci.

Spice Girls perform "Wannabe" and "Say You'll Be There." 
42418 Pamela Anderson Rollins BandApril 19, 1997

Anderson's then-husband, rocker Tommy Lee, appears as himself in two sketches.

Rollins Band performs "Starve." 
42519 John Goodman JewelMay 10, 1997

Mike Myers makes a guest appearance as Ron Wood in a sketch featuring Chris Kattan's gibberish speaking "Suel Forrester" character as a talk-show host.

Jewel performs "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "You Were Meant for Me." 
42620 Jeff Goldblum En VogueMay 17, 1997

Mark McKinney's final episode as a cast member.

En Vogue performs "Don't Let Go (Love)." 


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