Saturday Night Live - Season 11 Episodes

Saturday Night Live - Season 11

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.