Saturday Night Live - Season 11 Episodes

Saturday Night Live - Season 11

Saturday Night Live aired its 11th season during the 1985-1986 television season on NBC. The season started on November 9, 1985 and ended on May 24, 1986, 18 episodes were produced.

Dick Ebersol left the show after the 1984-85 season, when the network refused his request to shut the program down entirely for six months and shift much of the material onto tape, not live broadcast. Once again, NBC briefly considered cancelling the show, but programming head Brandon Tartikoff decided to continue the show and re-hire erstwhile producer Lorne Michaels.

In some ways the job Michaels returned to was more challenging than the one he took on in 1975. For starters, Michaels' "golden boy" reputation was somewhat tarnished. His most recent effort, the previous season's The New Show confused critics and was ignored by audiences. Also, the 1984-1985 season had been a critical and ratings hit, generating memorable characters and stand-out performers. However, Michaels would not be the only member of the old guard to return: original writers Al Franken and Tom Davis would return as producers, and Jim Downey would be head writer. Fans and critics welcomed Michaels and many of the original producers and writers back, calling it a return to the show's roots.

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Episode 1

“Madonna/Simple Minds”

Madonna helps kick off the 1985/86 season, with a special guest performance by Penn and Teller.

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Episode 2

“Chevy Chase/Sheila E.”

Original SNL cast member Chevy Chase returns to host.

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Episode 3

“Pee Wee Herman/Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band”

Children's TV star Pee-Wee Herman brings his unique sense of humor to SNL.

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Episode 4

“John Lithgow/Mr. Mister”

Academy Award-nominee and Tony-winner John Lithgow hosts, with a special guest performance by Sam Kinison.

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Episode 5

“Tom Hanks/Sade”

One of Tom Hanks' many guest host spots, guest performance by Steven Wright.

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Episode 6

“Teri Garr/Dream Academy, The Cult”

Teri Garr returns to host the Christmas episode of 1985.

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Episode 7

“Harry Dean Stanton/The Replacements”

Hollywood veteran Harry Dean Stanton comes to SNL to host.

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Episode 8

“Dudley Moore/Al Green”

Ecclectic Arthur star Dudley Moore hosts.

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Episode 9

“Ron Reagan/The Nelsons”

First Son Ron Reagan comes to NYCto hosts this 1986 episode, which features a guest performance by Penn and Teller.

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Episode 10

“Jerry Hall/Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughn”

Model/actress Jerry Hall hosts, with a guest performance by Sam Kinison.

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Episode 11

“Jay Leno/The Neville Brothers”

Comedian Jay Leno hosts a different late night show.

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Episode 12

“Griffin Dunne/Rosanne Cash”

After Hours star Griffin Dunne guest stars.

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Episode 13

“George Wendt/Philip Glass”

Francis Ford Coppola directs and co-hosts with George Wendt.

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Episode 14

“Oprah Winfrey/Joe Jackson”

Media giant and The Color Purple star Oprah Winfrey hosts.

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Episode 15

“Tony Danza/Laurie Anderson”

Tony Danza comes home to NY to host.

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Episode 16

“Catherine Oxenberg & Paul Simon/Ladysmith Black Mambazo”

Special episode co-hosted by Catherine Oxenberg and Paul Simon, special performance by Penn and Teller.

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Episode 17

“Jimmy Breslin & Marvin Hagler/Level 42, E.G. Daily”

Journalist Jimmy Breslin leaves the news for a night to host

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Episode 18

“Anjelica Huston & Billy Martin/George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic”

The unlikely couple of Anjelica Houston and Billy Martin co-host the finale episode of the 1985/86 season.