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Saturday Night Live

Season 21 1995 - 1996

  • 1995-10-01T04:30:00+01:00 on NBC
  • 70 mins
  • 14 hours, 41 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy

Saturday Night Live aired its twenty-first season during the 1995-1996 television season on NBC. The twenty-first season began September 30, 1995 and ended on May 18, 1996. 20 episodes were produced.

SNL once again dodged cancellation from season twenty's low ratings and scathing reviews about the show's decline in quality. Only five cast members: Norm Macdonald, Mark McKinney, Tim Meadows, Molly Shannon and David Spade returned to the show from the previous season.

Although David Spade returned to the show, he had more of a diminished role, very rarely appearing in sketches except for Spade in America, a "Weekend Update" segment hosted by Spade that debuted at the start of the season and was featured in all but five episodes.

With the cast overhaul taking place, Lorne Michaels hired Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, David Koechner, Cheri Oteri, and Nancy Walls.

Several episodes into the season, head writer Fred Wolf and newly hired writer Colin Quinn were added to the cast as featured players. Chris Kattan also joined as a featured player for the final six episodes of the season.

This would be the final season for David Spade. Spade had agreed to stay only for a year so that he could be a bridge between the old and new casts. Newcomers David Koechner and Nancy Walls were also let go after this season.

20 episodes

21x01 Mariel Hemingway/Blues Traveler

  • Season Premiere

    1995-10-01T04:30:00+01:00 — 47 mins

Sketches include: ""OJ Today,"" ""Leg Up,"" ""The Taylors,"" ""Spade in America,"" ""Long Phone Call,"" ""Nightline,"" ""Biography"".

21x02 Chevy Chase/Lisa Loeb

  • 1995-10-08T04:30:00+01:00 — 41 mins

Sketches include: ""NFL on NBC,"" ""The Mark Fuhrman Show,"" ""Althea,"" ""Lobotol,"" ""The Blame Game,"" ""Jim Breuer and Braveheart,"" ""Spade in America,"" and ""Fuzzy Memories"".

21x03 David Schwimmer/Natalie Merchant

  • 1995-10-22T04:30:00+01:00 — 34 mins

Sketches include ""Darius Rucker,"" ""Kids vs. Grownups,"" ""Rita Delvecchio,"" ""Fuzzy Memories,"" ""The Elevator,"" ""Secrets,"" ""Spade in America,"" ""Slim Shannon,"" and ""Triumph Performers"".

21x04 Gabriel Byrne/Alanis Morissette

  • 1995-10-29T04:30:00+01:00 — 39 mins

Sketches include: ""Halloween in New Hampshire,"" ""Grayson-Moorhead,"" ""Mary Katherine Gallagher,"" ""Cooking With Keith,"" ""Marshall Power Tools,"" ""Spade in America at the 1995 World Series,"" Fuzzy Memories, and ""Firing a Prison Guard.""

Sketches include: ""Spartan Cheerleaders,"" ""Old Glory Insurance,"" ""Clara Turley's Bible Challenge,"" ""Bill Clinton,"" ""Bug Off,"" ""Directors on Directing,"" and ""All Aboard"".

21x06 Laura Leighton/Rancid

  • 1995-11-19T05:30:00+01:00 — 44 mins

Sketches include ""Air Force One,"" ""Psychic Reading,"" ""Midgets,"" and ""Spade in America.""

21x07 Anthony Edwards/Foo Fighters

  • 1995-12-03T05:30:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Sketches include ""Inside Politics,"" ""Grimaldi's,"" ""The Joe Pesci Show,"" ""Nightline,"" ""Mary Katherine Gallagher,"" ""G-Dog Does the Nasty,"" ""Spade in America,"" ""Turning Point,"" and ""Hulk Hogan Talk Show"".

21x08 David Alan Grier/Silverchair

  • 1995-12-10T05:30:00+01:00 — 48 mins

Sketches include ""Nightline,"" ""Rocky Roads,"" ""The Today Show,"" ""Three Wise Men,"" ""Wake Up and Smile,"" ""Spade in America,"" ""Black People,"" and ""Perspectives"".

21x09 Madeline Kahn/Bush

  • 1995-12-17T05:30:00+01:00 — 42 mins

Sketches include ""Bosnian Goodwill Tour,"" ""Spartan Cheerleaders,"" ""John-John Mackie,"" ""Giant Bird,"" ""Leg Up,"" ""Lucien and Fagin,"" ""Spade in America,"" and ""Wedding Vows"".

21x10 Christopher Walken/Joan Osborne

  • 1996-01-14T05:30:00+01:00 — 54 mins

Live from New York, it's...Rudolph Giuliani Sketches include: ""Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki Apologize For SNL's Low Quality,"" ""Rita Delvecchio,"" ""Spade In America,"" ""The Continental,"" ""Fuzzy Memories,"" ""T-Bone The Executioner,"" ""Connie Stinston"", and ""Mary Katherine Gallagher's Dancing Fantasy"". Joan Osborne performs: ""One of Us""

21x11 Alec Baldwin/Tori Amos

  • 1996-01-21T05:30:00+01:00 — 44 mins

Sketches include ""Nightline,"" ""The Joe Pesci Show,"" ""Spartan Cheerleaders,"" ""Navy Guys,"" ""Talking About Bill Brasky,"" and ""Accidentally Shot by Hunters.""

21x12 Danny Aiello/Coolio

  • 1996-02-11T05:30:00+01:00 — 47 mins

Sketches include ""Inside Politics,"" ""Spaghetti Sauce,"" ""The Kevin Franklin Show,"" ""Time Life's Valentine's Day Arguments,"" ""Althea,"" ""Spade in America,"" ""Hi-C and Turkey,"" ""Martha Stewart Living,"" and ""Fuzzy Memories"".

21x13 Tom Arnold/Tupac Shakur

  • 1996-02-18T05:30:00+01:00 — 56 mins

Sketches include ""Presidential Candidates,"" ""The Life We Lead/Channel 7 Action News,"" ""Ranger Ron and his Tree Slice,"" ""St. Gabriel's Annual Bake Sale,"" ""A Criminal and his Grandmother,"" and ""Drunk Surgeon.""

21x14 Elle MacPherson/Sting

  • 1996-02-25T05:30:00+01:00 — 39 mins

Sketches include ""Presidential Candidates,"" ""Mary Katherine Gallagher,"" ""Spartan Cheerleaders,"" ""Winston Graff,"" ""Stan Hooper,"" ""Dinner at Oliver's,"" and ""Australian Phone Sex.""

21x15 John Goodman/Everclear

  • 1996-03-17T05:30:00+01:00 — 51 mins

Sketches include ""Suel Forrester,"" ""The Real World,"" ""Steve Forbes,"" and ""The Joe Pesci Show.""

21x16 Phil Hartman/Gin Blossoms

  • 1996-03-24T05:30:00+01:00 — 48 mins

Sketches include ""Leg Up,"" ""Acting Class,"" ""Fuzzy Memories,"" ""Bug-Off,"" ""Unfrozen Cave Man Lawyer,"" ""Petchow Rat Poison,"" ""Hollywood Minute With David Spade"".

Sketches include ""Class Reunion,"" ""Nightline,"" ""House Workers,"" ""Entering Penn State,"" ""Seattle Today,"" ""Greyson-Moore,"" ""Gibberish Sergeant,"" ""Fuzzy Memories,"" ""Steve Forbes and the Flies""

21x18 Teri Hatcher/Dave Matthews Band

  • 1996-04-21T05:30:00+02:00 — 32 mins

Sketches include ""Kazinsky and his Lawyers,"" ""Spade in America,"" ""Spartan Cheerleaders,"" ""The Princess and the Homeboy,"" ""Romantic Music,"" and ""St. Gabriel's Women's Charity for the Needy.""

21x19 Christine Baranski/The Cure

  • 1996-05-12T05:30:00+02:00 — 38 mins

Sketches include ""Bob Dole Press Conference,"" ""AM Ale,"" ""The Courtney Love Show,"" ""Get Off The Shed!,"" ""20 Years and One Week,"" ""Terminally Ill Amateur Singer,"" ""Spade in America,"" ""Rolf,"" ""Goat Boy,"" ""Personality Alteration,"" ""Lansing Phone Sex,"" ""Fuzzy Memories"".

21x20 Jim Carrey/Soundgarden

  • 1996-05-19T05:30:00+02:00 — 36 mins

Sketches include: ""Nightline,"" ""Spartan Cheerleaders,"" ""Roxbury Guys,"" ""Overprotective Lifeguard,"" ""I'll See You In Hell,"" ""Spade in America,"" ""The Joe Pesci Show,"" and ""Jimmy Tangen's Fat Busters"".