Saturday Night Live (season 14)

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Saturday Night Live (season 14)
The title card for the fourteenth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original network NBC
Original release October 8, 1988 (1988-10-08) – May 20, 1989 (1989-05-20)
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The fourteenth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between October 8, 1988, and May 20, 1989.

Before the start of the season, no changes were made to the cast, this is the final season to show the NBC "In Stereo (Where Available)" on-screen announcement during the opening montage. Al Franken, having rejoined the show as a writer and occasional on-screen performer three years ago, was once again credited as a featured cast member. As the season progressed, Lorne Michaels would hire two new people to the cast: Mike Myers and Ben Stiller, who joined the show mid-season as featured players. Stiller had actually appeared on the show before; his film made it onto the show in the episode hosted by Charlton Heston in 1987. This was the only season of the show for Stiller, after being on the show for five episodes, Stiller left due to creative differences with Michaels.

A new circular logo was used starting with this season; it was used until the end of the show's 20th season in 1995.

This season notably saw the death of a second original cast member, Gilda Radner, who died on the day of the season finale from ovarian cancer; in memory of Radner, Steve Martin showed a clip from the famous "Dancing in the Dark" sketch from the 1978 episode hosted by Martin in lieu of his planned monologue.


bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



No. in
Host Musical guest(s) Original air date
247 1 Tom Hanks Keith Richards October 8, 1988 (1988-10-08)
248 2 Matthew Broderick The Sugarcubes October 15, 1988 (1988-10-15)
249 3 John Larroquette Randy Newman
Mark Knopfler
October 22, 1988 (1988-10-22)
  • Randy Newman and Mark Knopfler perform "It's Money That Matters" and "Dixie Flyer".[2]
  • Dana Carvey appeared as Dennis Miller on Weekend Update.
250 4 Matthew Modine Edie Brickell and New Bohemians November 5, 1988 (1988-11-05)
251 5 Demi Moore Johnny Clegg & Savuka November 12, 1988 (1988-11-12)
  • Johnny Clegg & Savuka performs "I Call Your Name" and "Take My Heart Away".[2]
  • Kirsten Dunst appeared in the cold opening as one of George Bush's (Dana Carvey) grandchildren.
252 6 John Lithgow Tracy Chapman November 19, 1988 (1988-11-19)
253 7 Danny DeVito The Bangles December 3, 1988 (1988-12-03)
254 8 Kevin Kline Bobby McFerrin December 10, 1988 (1988-12-10)
  • Bobby McFerrin performs "Drive" and "The Star-Spangled Banner".[2]
  • This episode was dedicated to Roy Orbison, the musical guest of the 1986-1987 season finale, who died on December 6. At the end of the episode, Kline introduces Roy's performance of Crying from that show as a tribute.
255 9 Melanie Griffith Little Feat December 17, 1988 (1988-12-17)
256 10 John Malkovich Anita Baker January 21, 1989 (1989-01-21)
257 11 Tony Danza John Hiatt January 28, 1989 (1989-01-28)
258 12 Ted Danson Luther Vandross February 11, 1989 (1989-02-11)
259 13 Leslie Nielsen Cowboy Junkies February 18, 1989 (1989-02-18)
260 14 Glenn Close Gipsy Kings February 25, 1989 (1989-02-25)
261 15 Mary Tyler Moore Elvis Costello March 25, 1989 (1989-03-25)
  • Elvis Costello performs "Veronica" and "Let Him Dangle".[2] (This marked Costello's return to SNL following his infamous performance of Radio, Radio 12 years earlier, which resulted in Costello being banned from appearing on the show again. As of 2017, Costello is one of three people to have his ban from SNL lifted.)
  • Ben Stiller's first episode as a cast member.
262 16 Mel Gibson Living Colour April 1, 1989 (1989-04-01)
263 17 Dolly Parton Dolly Parton April 15, 1989 (1989-04-15)
264 18 Geena Davis John Cougar Mellencamp April 22, 1989 (1989-04-22)
265 19 Wayne Gretzky Fine Young Cannibals May 13, 1989 (1989-05-13)
  • Fine Young Cannibals perform "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing".[2]
  • Gretzky's wife Janet Jones appears in the "Wayne's World" sketch.
  • This episode was released as part of the three-episode "Best of Saturday Night Live: Special Edition" VHS (1992).
266 20 Steve Martin Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers May 20, 1989 (1989-05-20)
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers perform "Runnin' Down a Dream" and "Free Fallin'".[2]
  • In the opening monologue, Steve Martin visibly struggles to hold back tears as he paid tribute to Gilda Radner, who had died of cancer on the afternoon before the broadcast. Martin and Radner's "Dancing in the Dark" sketch, originally shown in episode 64 in 1978, was also offered in tribute.
  • Timothy Busfield appears in the "New Coneheads" sketch.
  • Paulina Porizkova appears in the "Get to Know Me" sketch.
  • Contains the first Toonces sketch.[7]


  1. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 202–203. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 124–127. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  3. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 237. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  4. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 264. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  5. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 226–229. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  6. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 230–232. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  7. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 234–236. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.