Saturday Night Live (season 14)

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.

Saturday Night Live
Season 14
The title card for the fourteenth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 8, 1988 (1988-10-08) –
May 20, 1989 (1989-05-20)
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List of Saturday Night Live episodes

A new show logo was used starting with this season. It was made up of the words SATURDAY + NIGHT + LIVE styled in a circle. 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 "Dancing in the Dark" sketch from the 1978 episode hosted by Martin in lieu of his planned monologue.


Before the start of the season, no changes were made to the cast. 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 four episodes, Stiller left due to creative differences with Michaels.

Cast rosterEdit

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



No. in
HostMusical guest(s)Original air date
2471Tom HanksKeith RichardsOctober 8, 1988 (1988-10-08)

2482Matthew BroderickThe SugarcubesOctober 15, 1988 (1988-10-15)

2493John LarroquetteRandy Newman & Mark KnopflerOctober 22, 1988 (1988-10-22)

  • Randy Newman and Mark Knopfler performs "It's Money That Matters" and "Dixie Flyer".[1]
  • Dana Carvey appeared as Dennis Miller on Weekend Update.
2504Matthew ModineEdie Brickell and New BohemiansNovember 5, 1988 (1988-11-05)

2515Demi MooreJohnny Clegg & SavukaNovember 12, 1988 (1988-11-12)

  • Johnny Clegg & Savuka performs "I Call Your Name" and "Take My Heart Away".[1]
  • Kirsten Dunst appeared in the cold opening as one of George Bush's (Dana Carvey) grandchildren.
2526John LithgowTracy ChapmanNovember 19, 1988 (1988-11-19)

2537Danny DeVitoThe BanglesDecember 3, 1988 (1988-12-03)

2548Kevin KlineBobby McFerrinDecember 10, 1988 (1988-12-10)

  • Bobby McFerrin performs "Drive" and "The Star-Spangled Banner".[1]
  • 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.
2559Melanie GriffithLittle FeatDecember 17, 1988 (1988-12-17)

25610John MalkovichAnita BakerJanuary 21, 1989 (1989-01-21)

25711Tony DanzaJohn HiattJanuary 28, 1989 (1989-01-28)

25812Ted DansonLuther VandrossFebruary 11, 1989 (1989-02-11)

25913Leslie NielsenCowboy JunkiesFebruary 18, 1989 (1989-02-18)

26014Glenn CloseGipsy KingsFebruary 25, 1989 (1989-02-25)

26115Mary Tyler MooreElvis CostelloMarch 25, 1989 (1989-03-25)

  • Elvis Costello performs "Veronica" and "Let Him Dangle".[1] (This marked Costello's return to SNL following his infamous performance of Radio, Radio 12 years earlier, which resulted in Costello's being banned from appearing on the show again. As of 2017, Costello is one of three people who have had a ban from SNL lifted.)
  • Ben Stiller's first episode as a cast member.
26216Mel GibsonLiving ColourApril 1, 1989 (1989-04-01)

26317Dolly PartonDolly PartonApril 15, 1989 (1989-04-15)

26418Geena DavisJohn Cougar MellencampApril 22, 1989 (1989-04-22)

26519Wayne GretzkyFine Young CannibalsMay 13, 1989 (1989-05-13)

  • Fine Young Cannibals performs "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing".[1]
  • 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).
26620Steve MartinTom Petty & the HeartbreakersMay 20, 1989 (1989-05-20)

  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performs "Runnin' Down a Dream" and "Free Fallin'".[1]
  • In the opening monologue, Steve Martin visibly struggled to hold back tears as he paid tribute to Gilda Radner, who had died of cancer in the afternoon on the day of the broadcast. Martin and Radner's "Dancing in the Dark" sketch, originally shown in episode 64 in 1978, was also offered in tribute. The show's bandleader G.E. Smith, who was also Radner's ex-husband, wore a black armband throughout the live show.
  • Timothy Busfield appears in the "New Coneheads" sketch.
  • Paulina Porizkova appears in the "Get to Know Me" sketch.
  • The first Toonces sketch[7]


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