Saturday Night Live (season 25)

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Saturday Night Live (season 25)
The title card for the twenty-fifth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original network NBC
Original release October 2, 1999 (1999-10-02) – May 20, 2000 (2000-05-20)
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The twenty-fifth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between October 2, 1999, and May 20, 2000.


Changes and notes[edit]

The entire cast from last season returned for another year. Jimmy Fallon, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz were all promoted to repertory status, with the cast otherwise unchanged at the start of the season. As the season progressed, the show added two new cast members. Rachel Dratch, recruited from Chicago's The Second City,[citation needed] where she was head writer Tina Fey's comedy partner, joined the show in the episode hosted by Norm Macdonald. Towards the end of the season, Maya Rudolph of The Groundlings joined the show, starting with the episode hosted by John Goodman.[citation needed]

This would be the final season for cast members Tim Meadows, Colin Quinn, and Cheri Oteri.

Cast roster[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor

Contract for new cast members[edit]

In July 1999, when executive producer Lorne Michaels held auditions for the season, NBC introduced a new contract for first-year cast members, replacing the five- or six-year deals they had used in the past.[1] The terms were established by NBC executives Scott Sassa and Garth Ancier. According to Peter Bogdanovich, the new contract came with the following terms:[1]

  • NBC can take a Saturday Night Live cast member off the show any time after his or her second year on the program and put him or her in an NBC sitcom.
  • A cast member has the option of saying no to the first two shows proposed by NBC, but must accept the third deal.
  • NBC dictates the length of the sitcom contract, which can run as long as six years.
  • SNL Films, co-owned by Paramount Pictures, NBC and Lorne Michaels, has a three-movie option that would pay the star a set $75,000 for the first film, $150,000 for the second and $300,000 for the third, rates that used to be negotiable.
  • NBC has the option of paying those same amount to force a cast member to say no to a film deal offered to them by another studio.

The starting salary remained $5,000 per episode.[1]


Starting this season Tina Fey is credited as the writing supervisor.


No. in
Host Musical guest(s) Original air date
466 1 Jerry Seinfeld David Bowie October 2, 1999 (1999-10-02)
467 2 Heather Graham Marc Anthony October 16, 1999 (1999-10-16)
468 3 Norm Macdonald Dr. Dre featuring
Snoop Dogg & Eminem
October 23, 1999 (1999-10-23)
469 4 Dylan McDermott Foo Fighters November 6, 1999 (1999-11-06)
470 5 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines November 13, 1999 (1999-11-13)
  • In a callback to Brooks' appearance when he hosted in season 23, Brooks, as Chris Gaines, does a sketch with Mango then unmasks Gaines.
  • First appearance of The Boston Teens sketch.
  • Chris Gaines performed "Way of the Girl".
471 6 Jennifer Aniston Sting November 20, 1999 (1999-11-20)
472 7 Christina Ricci Beck December 4, 1999 (1999-12-04)
473 8 Danny DeVito R.E.M. December 11, 1999 (1999-12-11)
474 9 Jamie Foxx Blink-182 January 8, 2000 (2000-01-08)
475 10 Freddie Prinze, Jr. Macy Gray January 15, 2000 (2000-01-15)
476 11 Alan Cumming Jennifer Lopez February 5, 2000 (2000-02-05)
477 12 Julianna Margulies DMX February 12, 2000 (2000-02-12)
478 13 Ben Affleck Fiona Apple February 19, 2000 (2000-02-19)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow makes an appearance in Affleck's monologue (Affleck made an appearance in Paltrow's monologue when she hosted in 1999).
  • Paul Thomas Anderson directed the "Fanatic" pretaped sketch, where an orphan (Ben Affleck) meets Anna Nicole Smith (Molly Shannon).
  • Fiona Apple performed "Limp".
479 14 Joshua Jackson 'N Sync March 11, 2000 (2000-03-11)
  • The Statler Brothers appear in the "Parents Day" Sketch.
  • Badal Roy performs with the SNL Band.
  • SNL writer and stand up comic Kevin Brennan appeared as himself in a Weekend Update commentary on presidential candidates.
  • 'N Sync performed "Bye, Bye, Bye and "I Thought She Knew". They also appeared in the "7° Degrees Celsius" sketch (Performing "Come On and Supersize It") as well as the "Parents Day" sketch.
480 15 The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) AC/DC March 18, 2000 (2000-03-18)
481 16 Christopher Walken Christina Aguilera April 8, 2000 (2000-04-08)
482 17 Tobey Maguire Sisqó April 15, 2000 (2000-04-15)
483 18 John Goodman Neil Young May 6, 2000 (2000-05-06)
484 19 Britney Spears Britney Spears May 13, 2000 (2000-05-13)
485 20 Jackie Chan Kid Rock May 20, 2000 (2000-05-20)


Title Original air date
"25th Anniversary Special" September 26, 1999 (1999-09-26)
A special celebrating the 25th anniversary of the show. A long list of cast members, guest hosts and others stop by to honor the show's anniversary. Beastie Boys, Elvis Costello, the Eurythmics and Al Green perform. John Belushi, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Michael O'Donoghue, Gilda Radner and Danitra Vance all received a tribute in the special. Dan Aykroyd, Alec Baldwin, James Van Der Beek, Candice Bergen, Garth Brooks, David Bowie, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Michael Douglas, James Downey, Nora Dunn, Al Franken, Sarah Michelle Gellar, John Goodman, Tom Hanks, Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jon Lovitz, Norm Macdonald, Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Dennis Miller, Jay Mohr, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Kevin Nealon, Laraine Newman, Don Pardo, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Shaffer, Martin Short, Paul Simon, Robert Smigel, Kevin Spacey, David Spade, Lily Tomlin, Christopher Walken and many more attended the event.
"Best of Game Show Parodies" February 29, 2000 (2000-02-29)
The special presented game show parodies featured on the show. Sketches include "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", "Celebrity Jeopardy", "Old French Whore", "Stand-Up and Win", "Who Wants to Eat?", "The Bensonhurst Dating Game", "Who Wants to Be Groped by an Eleven Thousand-aire?" The clip show was hosted by Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek and Darrell Hammond as Regis Philbin.
"The Best of Tim Meadows" September 9, 2000 (2000-09-09)
A compilation of some of Tim Meadows' sketches from his 10-year stint on the show.

Superstar film[edit]

A Superstar film, based on the Mary Katherine Gallagher sketches, was released on October 8, 1999. Cast members Will Ferrell, Mark McKinney and Molly Shannon appear in the film. The film did modestly well at the box office but was panned by critics.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d Bogdanovich, Peter (August 11, 1999). "SNL's Killer Contract". The New York Observer. Retrieved 2011-09-10.