Saturday Night Live (season 9)

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Saturday Night Live (season 9)
The title card for the ninth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes19
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 8, 1983 (1983-10-08) –
May 12, 1984 (1984-05-12)
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The ninth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between October 8, 1983, and May 12, 1984.

Format changes[edit]

Ebersol had taken Hall off Weekend Update (known as Saturday Night News during this time) mid-season; the segment then had a revolving door of other anchors mostly involving the episode's host and, in one case, Joe Piscopo (although Piscopo only introduced a commentary and didn't tell any actual jokes).


Future cast member Billy Crystal hosted twice this season: once with musical guest Al Jarreau and again on the season finale with Ed Koch, Edwin Newman, Betty Thomas, and former castmember Don Novello.


Before the start of the season, the entire cast returned for another season; the only change was the hiring (and firing, then rehiring) of Jim Belushi). Jim Belushi became the first person to be hired then fired then rehired, future cast member Chris Parnell will later become the second. Eddie Murphy left the program two episodes before of the end of the season; when the season ended, Robin Duke, Brad Hall, Tim Kazurinsky and Joe Piscopo left the show.

Cast roster[edit]

Repertory cast members[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor


This season's writers were Jim Belushi, Andy Breckman, Robin Duke, Adam Green, Mary Gross, Nate Herman, Tim Kazurinsky, Kevin Kelton, Andy Kurtzman, Michael McCarthy, Eddie Murphy, Pamela Norris, Margaret Oberman, Joe Piscopo, Andrew Smith, Bob Tischler, Eliot Wald and Herb Sargent; the head writers were Bob Tischler and Andrew Smith.


No. in
Host(s)Musical guest(s)Original air date
1601Brandon TartikoffJohn Cougar MellencampOctober 8, 1983 (1983-10-08)

1612Danny DeVito & Rhea PerlmanEddy GrantOctober 15, 1983 (1983-10-15)

1623John CandyMen at WorkOctober 22, 1983 (1983-10-22)

1634Betty ThomasStray CatsNovember 5, 1983 (1983-11-05)

1645Teri GarrMick Fleetwood's ZooNovember 12, 1983 (1983-11-12)

1656Jerry LewisLoverboyNovember 19, 1983 (1983-11-19)

1667The Smothers BrothersBig CountryDecember 3, 1983 (1983-12-03)

1678Flip WilsonStevie NicksDecember 10, 1983 (1983-12-10)

1689Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello)Huey Lewis and the NewsJanuary 14, 1984 (1984-01-14)

16910Michael PalinThe MotelsJanuary 21, 1984 (1984-01-21)

17011Don RicklesBilly IdolJanuary 28, 1984 (1984-01-28)

17112Robin WilliamsAdam AntFebruary 11, 1984 (1984-02-11)

17213Jamie Lee CurtisThe FixxFebruary 18, 1984 (1984-02-18)

17314Edwin NewmanKool & the GangFebruary 25, 1984 (1984-02-25)

17415Billy CrystalAl JarreauMarch 17, 1984 (1984-03-17)

17516Michael DouglasDeniece WilliamsApril 7, 1984 (1984-04-07)

17617George McGovernMadnessApril 14, 1984 (1984-04-14)

17718Barry BostwickSpinal TapMay 5, 1984 (1984-05-05)

17819Billy Crystal, Ed Koch, Edwin Newman, Don Novello, Betty ThomasThe CarsMay 12, 1984 (1984-05-12)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 124–127. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
  2. ^ "January 28, 1984". SNL Archives. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011.