Saturday Night Live (season 17)

The seventeenth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 28, 1991, and May 16, 1992.

Saturday Night Live
Season 17
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 28, 1991 (1991-09-28) –
May 16, 1992 (1992-05-16)
Season chronology
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List of Saturday Night Live episodes


A. Whitney Brown, Jan Hooks and longtime Weekend Update anchor Dennis Miller all left the show. Kevin Nealon was promoted to Weekend Update anchor. New cast members included Ellen Cleghorne, Siobhan Fallon and writer Robert Smigel. Beth Cahill and Melanie Hutsell also later joined the cast. Chris Farley, Chris Rock and Julia Sweeney were upgraded to repertory status, while Tim Meadows remained in the middle group. Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade were promoted to the middle group.

This was the final season for Victoria Jackson (at the time, she became the longest serving female cast member, with a total of six seasons on the show. She was later surpassed by Molly Shannon in season 26). This would be Beth Cahill and Siobhan Fallon's only season on the show.

Cast rosterEdit

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



No. in
Host(s)Musical guest(s)Original air date
3071Michael JordanPublic EnemySeptember 28, 1991 (1991-09-28)

3082Jeff DanielsColor Me BaddOctober 5, 1991 (1991-10-05)

3093Kirstie AlleyTom Petty & The HeartbreakersOctober 12, 1991 (1991-10-12)

3104Christian SlaterBonnie RaittOctober 26, 1991 (1991-10-26)

3115Kiefer SutherlandSkid RowNovember 2, 1991 (1991-11-02)

3126Linda HamiltonMariah CareyNovember 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)

3137Macaulay CulkinTin MachineNovember 23, 1991 (1991-11-23)

3148MC HammerMC HammerDecember 7, 1991 (1991-12-07)

3159Steve MartinJames TaylorDecember 14, 1991 (1991-12-14)

  • James Taylor performs "(I've Got to) Stop Thinkin' 'Bout That",[1] "Shed a Little Light"[1] and "Sweet Baby James".
  • Steve Martin and the cast perform the "Tonight Song" during the cold open.[4]
  • Susan Lucci appears in a filmed cameo during the "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" sketch.
31610Rob MorrowNirvanaJanuary 11, 1992 (1992-01-11)

31711Chevy ChaseRobbie RobertsonJanuary 18, 1992 (1992-01-18)

31812Susan DeyC&C Music FactoryFebruary 8, 1992 (1992-02-08)

31913Jason PriestleyTeenage FanclubFebruary 15, 1992 (1992-02-15)

  • Teenage Fanclub performs "The Concept", "What You Do to Me" and "Pet Rock".[1]
32014Roseanne Arnold
Tom Arnold
Red Hot Chili PeppersFebruary 22, 1992 (1992-02-22)

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers performs "Stone Cold Bush" and "Under The Bridge".[1]
  • Madonna appears in a Coffee Talk sketch as a panelist. At the end of the Coffee Talk sketch, Barbra Streisand makes an appearance as herself.
32115John GoodmanGarth BrooksMarch 14, 1992 (1992-03-14)

32216Mary Stuart MastersonEn VogueMarch 21, 1992 (1992-03-21)

32317Sharon StonePearl JamApril 11, 1992 (1992-04-11)

  • Pearl Jam performs "Alive" and "Porch,"[1] and also appears during the monologue.
  • Jon Lovitz appears in the "Hitting on Women" sketch.
32418Jerry SeinfeldAnnie LennoxApril 18, 1992 (1992-04-18)

  • Annie Lennox performs "Why" and "Legend in My Living Room".[1]
32519Tom HanksBruce SpringsteenMay 9, 1992 (1992-05-09)

32620Woody HarrelsonVanessa WilliamsMay 16, 1992 (1992-05-16)


TitleOriginal air date
"Halloween Special"October 28, 1991 (1991-10-28)
Wayne (Mike Myers) & Garth (Dana Carvey) host this compilation of some of SNL's greatest Halloween-themed sketches.
"All the Best for Mother's Day"May 10, 1992 (1992-05-10)
The cast and their mothers take a look at some of the best sketches from the 16th and 17th seasons. Sketches include "The Tonight Song," "Wayne's World," "The Chris Farley Show," "Massive Headwound Harry," and "Coffee Talk".

Wayne's World filmEdit

Wayne's World, a film based on the popular "Wayne's World" sketches, was released on February 14, 1992. Cast members Dana Carvey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Chris Farley and Mike Myers appear in the film. The film received positive reviews and was commercially successful, becoming the highest grossing SNL film to date.[citation needed] A sequel was produced in 1993, titled Wayne's World 2.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 124–127. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
  2. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 264. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
  3. ^ Interview with Andy Hoglund. Vulture. 2020.
  4. ^ Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 121. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.