Saturday Night Live (season 19)

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Saturday Night Live (season 19)
The title card for the nineteenth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 25, 1993 (1993-09-25) – May 14, 1994 (1994-05-14)
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List of Saturday Night Live episodes

The nineteenth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 25, 1993, and May 14, 1994.

Many changes happened before the start of the season. This is the final season to show StereoSurround captioning during the opening montage. Dana Carvey had left the show in the middle of the previous season. Chris Rock and Robert Smigel also left the show at the end of the previous season.

Ellen Cleghorne, Melanie Hutsell, Tim Meadows, Adam Sandler, and David Spade were all promoted to repertory status.

Stand-up comics Norm Macdonald, Jay Mohr and Sarah Silverman were hired as writers and would debut as featured players a few episodes into the season. Veteran comic actor Michael McKean joined the show mid-season as a repertory cast member.

This would also be the final season for Phil Hartman, Melanie Hutsell, Rob Schneider, Sarah Silverman and Julia Sweeney.

A major blow for the show was the loss of Hartman. Before his final show the entire cast and crew presented him with a bronzed stick of glue, symbolizing how he had become "The Glue" of the show, a term coined by Adam Sandler.[1]

Cast[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor

Writers[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Host(s)Musical guestOriginal air date
3471Charles BarkleyNirvanaSeptember 25, 1993 (1993-09-25)

  • Nirvana performs "Heart-Shaped Box" and "Rape Me".[2]
  • Muggsy Bogues appears during the "Daily Affirmation" sketch and the "Charles Barkley's Big, Tall & Black Men's Stores" sketch.
  • Skid Row appears in a pre-recorded segment of the "Gap" sketch.
  • RuPaul appears during the "What's That?" sketch.
  • Contains an "Office Space" cartoon by Mike Judge.
3482Shannen DohertyCypress HillOctober 2, 1993 (1993-10-02)

3493Jeff GoldblumAerosmithOctober 9, 1993 (1993-10-09)

  • Aerosmith performs "Cryin'" and "Sweet Emotion".[2] The band also appears during the "Bad Dancer" sketch, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry appear during the cold open, and Tyler appears during the "Karl's Video" sketch.
  • Jay Mohr and Sarah Silverman's first episode as cast members.
  • The first occurrence of "Christopher Walken's Celebrity Psychic Friends Network," in which Walken (Mohr) and various oddball and unlikable celebrities repeatedly offer to visit the house of anyone who calls in.
  • Goldblum's Jurassic Park co-star Laura Dern appears during the monologue.
3504John MalkovichBilly JoelOctober 23, 1993 (1993-10-23)

3515Christian SlaterThe Smashing PumpkinsOctober 30, 1993 (1993-10-30)

3526Rosie O'DonnellJames Taylor
Don Grolnick
November 13, 1993 (1993-11-13)

  • James Taylor & Don Grolnick performs "Memphis" & "Slap Leather" and "Secret O' Life".[2] James Taylor also appears during the "Duets" sketch.
  • Casey Kasem appears during the "Duets" sketch.
3537Nicole KidmanStone Temple PilotsNovember 20, 1993 (1993-11-20)

3548Charlton HestonPaul WesterbergDecember 4, 1993 (1993-12-04)

  • Paul Westerberg performs "Knockin' On Mine" and "Can't Hardly Wait".[2]
  • The opening montage has the cast members made over to look like apes to coincide with a running gag from the cold opening parodying Planet of the Apes.
3559Sally FieldTony! Toni! Toné!
Lili Haydn
December 11, 1993 (1993-12-11)

35610Jason PatricBlind MelonJanuary 8, 1994 (1994-01-08)

  • Blind Melon performs "No Rain" and "Paper Scratcher".[2] The band also appears during the monologue.
  • Richard Simmons appears during the "Coffee Talk" sketch.
35711Sara GilbertCounting CrowsJanuary 15, 1994 (1994-01-15)

35812Patrick StewartSalt-N-PepaFebruary 5, 1994 (1994-02-05)

35913Alec Baldwin and Kim BasingerUB40February 12, 1994 (1994-02-12)

  • This episode features the infamous sketch where Adam Sandler's Canteen Boy is molested by his scoutmaster (played by Alec Baldwin).
  • UB40 performs "C'est La Vie" and "Can't Help Falling in Love".[2]
  • Baldwin's brothers Stephen and Billy appear during the "Family Feud" sketch.
36014Martin LawrenceCrash Test DummiesFebruary 19, 1994 (1994-02-19)

  • Crash Test Dummies performs "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" and "Afternoons & Coffeespoons".[2]
  • Lawrence's opening monologue included explicit material on "feminine hygiene" and has been partially censored in all reruns (including the Netflix collection of SNL episodes from the 1990s) with an explanatory voice-over, stating that Lawrence's views and opinions are not shared by anyone at NBC, the monologue nearly got everyone on the show fired for not stopping it, and that Martin Lawrence has been banned from ever appearing, or even being mentioned, on the show again. NBC received 627 complaints about the monologue, while only 3 calls were in support of Lawrence.[3]
  • Benoit Benjamin appears in the "13th Player" sketch.
36115Nancy KerriganAretha FranklinMarch 12, 1994 (1994-03-12)

36216Helen HuntSnoop Doggy DoggMarch 19, 1994 (1994-03-19)

  • Snoop Dogg performs "Gin and Juice" and "Lodi Dodi".[2]
  • Cindy Crawford appears during the cold open.
  • Contains an "Office Space" cartoon by Mike Judge.
36317Kelsey GrammerDwight YoakamApril 9, 1994 (1994-04-09)

36418Emilio EstevezPearl JamApril 16, 1994 (1994-04-16)

36519John GoodmanThe PretendersMay 7, 1994 (1994-05-07)

36620Heather LocklearJanet JacksonMay 14, 1994 (1994-05-14)

  • Phil Hartman, Melanie Hutsell, Rob Schneider, Sarah Silverman, and Julia Sweeney's final episode as cast members. A musical tribute is given to Hartman, which ends with him holding a sleeping Chris Farley (dressed as Matt Foley).
  • Kevin Nealon's final episode as Weekend Update anchor.
  • Janet Jackson performs "Throb" and "Any Time, Any Place".[2]
  • Jay Leno appears during the monologue.

Wayne's World 2 film[edit]

Wayne's World 2, the sequel to the 1992 hit Wayne's World, was released on December 10, 1993. Based on the popular "Wayne's World" sketches, the film stars cast members Dana Carvey, Chris Farley and Mike Myers. SNL writers Bob Odenkirk and Robert Smigel have brief cameos as concert nerds. The film did not do as well at the box office as its predecessor but it still did well commercially.[citation needed] The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with Roger Ebert calling the characters of Wayne and Garth "impossible to dislike".[4]

It's Pat film[edit]

It's Pat, a film based on the popular Pat sketches, was released on August 26, 1994. Cast members Tim Meadows, Charles Rocket and Julia Sweeney appear in the film. The film was a box office bomb, barely making $50,000. The film was also panned by critics and has a rare 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 11 reviews.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saturday Night Live > Season 19 > Episode 20: Heather Locklear/Janet Jackson". TV.com. May 14, 1994. 
  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. 264. ISBN 0-395-70895-8. 
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (December 10, 1993). "Wayne's World 2". Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ It's Pat at Rotten Tomatoes