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Saturday Night Live

Season 22 1996 - 1997

  • 1996-09-29T06:30:00+03:00 on NBC
  • 90 mins
  • 13 hours, 28 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy

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.

20 episodes

22x01 Tom Hanks/Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

  • Season Premiere

    1996-09-29T06:30:00+03:00 — 33 mins

Sketches include ""Roxbury Guys,"" ""Spartan Cheerleaders,"" ""Goat Boy,"" ""Mr. Peepers,"" and ""Classic Sing-along with the Drunken Asses.""

22x02 Lisa Kudrow/Sheryl Crow

  • 1996-10-06T06:30:00+03:00 — 41 mins

Sketches include ""Bob Dole,"" ""Suel Forrester,"" Single and Loving It,"" ""The Randolph Hotel,"" ""Women's Poetry Night,"" and ""Gene the Ex-Convict.""

22x03 Bill Pullman/New Edition

  • 1996-10-20T06:30:00+03:00 — 43 mins

Sketches include ""Alien Presidential Debate,"" ""AT&T Clerks,"" ""The Rules Show,"" ""John W. Hayward,"" and ""Women's Kickboxing.""

22x04 Dana Carvey/Dr. Dre

  • 1996-10-27T05:30:00+02:00 — 49 mins

Sketches include ""Russell and Tate: Attorneys at Law,"" ""Larry King Live,"" ""Tom Brokaw,"" ""Johnny Carson and Phil Donahue,"" ""Church Chat,"" and ""Goat Boy.""

22x05 Chris Rock/The Wallflowers

  • 1996-11-03T06:30:00+02:00 — 49 mins

Sketches include ""Bob Dole and George Bush,"" ""Charles Grodin,"" ""The Dark Side with Nat X,"" and ""The Culps.""

22x06 Robert Downey Jr./Fiona Apple

  • 1996-11-17T06:30:00+02:00 — 37 mins

Sketches include ""Bob Dole,"" ""Spartan Cheeleaders,"" ""Bill Clinton,"" ""Don King's Press Conference,"" ""Mr. Music,"" ""Musical Cobras and Panthers,"" ""The Delicious Dish,"" ""Mary Katherine Gallagher,"" ""Streets of L.A.,"" and ""Shopping at Home Network.""

22x07 Phil Hartman/Bush

  • 1996-11-24T06:30:00+02:00 — 38 mins

Sketches include ""The O.J. Trial,"" ""Thanksgiving Song Auditions,"" ""Acting Class,"" ""World War II,"" and ""The Joe Pesci Show.""

22x08 Martin Short/No Doubt

  • 1996-12-08T06:30:00+02:00 — 36 mins

Live from New York, it's...Tim Meadows Sketches include ""O.J. Simpson,"" ""Celebrity Jeopardy,"" ""Ed Grimley Goes To Heaven,"" ""Roxbury Guys,"" ""Barbara Walters Interviews Jackie Rogers, Jr.,"" ""The Gantner Family Workout,"" ""The Tinseltown Tattler,"" ""Martha Stewart's Topless Christmas,"" and ""Happy Holiday Tales.""

22x09 Rosie O'Donnell/Whitney Houston

  • 1996-12-15T06:30:00+02:00 — 34 mins

Sketches include ""Bill Clinton and Bob Dole,"" ""Spartan Cheerleaders,"" ""Mary Katherine Gallagher,"" ""Delicious Dish,"" ""Goat Boy,"" ""Rita Delvecchio,"" and ""The Local News with Joe Blow.""

22x10 Kevin Spacey/Beck

  • 1997-01-12T06:30:00+02:00 — 43 mins

Sketches include ""New Television Rating System,"" ""The Late Show with David Letterman,"" ""Marijuana Doctor,"" ""Star Wars 20th Anniversary,"" ""Janet Reno's Dance Party,"" ""Mr. Peepers,"" ""The Joe Pesci Show,"" ""Pet Shop,"" and ""The Atteburys.""

Sketches include ""Bill Clinton Police Line-Up,"" ""Maya Angelou Commercials,"" ""Waiting to Exhale Viewers,"" ""Both Sides with Jesse Jackson,"" ""Wong & Owens,"" and ""Bill Gates and Bill Clinton.""

22x12 Neve Campbell/David Bowie

  • 1997-02-09T06:30:00+02:00 — 36 mins

Sketches include ""O.J Simpson,"" ""Jackpot,"" ""The Delicious Dish,"" ""Spartan Cheerleaders,"" ""Rolf,"" and ""Adventures of the White Trash Disaster Trailer.""

22x13 Chevy Chase/Live

  • 1997-02-16T06:30:00+02:00 — 43 mins

Sketches include ""Nightline,"" ""Bill Clinton,"" ""O.J Simpson,"" ""Goat Boy,"" ""Chopper Four.""

22x14 Alec Baldwin/Tina Turner

  • 1997-02-23T06:30:00+02:00 — 34 mins

Sketches include ""The Late Show with David Letterman,"" ""Roxbury Guys,"" ""Mary Katherine Gallagher,"" ""The Quiet Storm,"" ""The Gossip Show,"" ""Phone Sex Operators,"" ""Yard Sale,"" ""Wong and Owens,"" and ""Bill Brasky.""

22x15 Sting/Veruca Salt

  • 1997-03-16T06:30:00+02:00 — 39 mins

Sketches include ""Bill Clinton,"" ""Evita,"" ""The Nude Crusade,"" ""Rolf,"" ""The Atteburys,"" ""Kyle DeMarco,"" and ""Race and Racism.""

22x16 Mike Myers/Aerosmith

  • 1997-03-23T06:30:00+02:00 — 38 mins

Sketches include ""Coffee Talk with Linda Richman,"" ""Mary Katherine Gallagher,"" ""Prime Minister's Questions,"" ""Scottish Soccer Hooligan Weekly,"" and ""Barbara Walters Oscar Special.""

22x17 Rob Lowe/Spice Girls

  • 1997-04-13T06:30:00+03:00 — 43 mins

Sketches include ""Nightline,"" ""Perspectives,"" ""The Joe Pesci Show,"" ""Goth Talk,"" ""Food, Sex, or Cars?"" and ""La Politica Non Correcto con Ramon Diaz Rojo.""

22x18 Pamela Lee/Rollins Band

  • 1997-04-20T06:30:00+03:00 — 41 mins

Sketches include ""Janet Reno,"" ""Spartan Cheerleaders,"" ""A&E Biography: Tiger Woods,"" ""Goat Boy,"" and ""Roxbury Guys.""

22x19 John Goodman/Jewel

  • 1997-05-11T06:30:00+03:00 — 46 mins

Sketches include ""Oprah,"" ""Celebrity Jeopardy,"" ""Suel Forrester,"" ""Eddie Murphy,"" ""The Delicious Dish,"" ""The Culps,"" ""Collette Reardon,"" and ""Bill Brasky.""

22x20 Jeff Goldblum/En Vogue

  • 1997-05-18T06:30:00+03:00 — 43 mins

Sketches include ""Nightline,"" ""Mary Katherine Gallagher,"" ""Space, the Infinite Frontier,"" ""Kennedy Kapers,"" ""Larry King,"" ""Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp.""