Saturday Night Live - Season 12 Episodes
Saturday Night Live - Season 12
Saturday Night Live aired its twelfth season during the 1986-1987 television season on NBC. The 12th season started on October 11, 1986, the 11th anniversary of the show's first episode, and ended on May 23, 1987.
Despite plans to have Saturday Night Live canceled due to the ratings of its previous season, producer Lorne Michaels convinced Brandon Tartikoff to give the show another chance, provided that a better cast be found for the next season. As a result, many of season 11's cast members were fired, except for Nora Dunn, Jon Lovitz, featured player A. Whitney Brown, and Weekend Update anchor Dennis Miller. Al Franken was rehired as a writer. The rest were relative unknowns, led by Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, and Kevin Nealon. Hooks had auditioned to be in the season 10 and 11 casts, but had been turned down. Hartman helped write sketches in season 11's Thanksgiving episode hosted by Pee-wee Herman, and appeared in a sketch as a Pilgrim.
The first show of the 1986-1987 season opened with Madonna, host of the previous season opener, reading a "statement" from NBC about season 11's mediocre writing and bad cast choices. According to the "statement", the entire 1985-1986 season was "...all a dream. A horrible, horrible dream."
“Sigourney Weaver/Buster Poindexter”
Alien star Sigourney Weaver hosts the season premier, with special guest appearance by Madonna.
“Malcolm-Jamal Warner/Run DMC”
The Cosby Show's Malcolm-Jamal Warner hosts with a special guest appearance by Sam Kinison.
“Rosanna Arquette/Ric Ocasek”
Golden Globe nominated actress Rosanna Arquette takes a turn as host.
“Sam Kinison/Lou Reed”
After numberous special appearances, Sam Kinison officially hosts this 1986 episode.
“Robin Williams/Paul Simon”
Robin Williams brings his wild antics to SNL, featuring cameos by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkle and Whoopi Goldberg.
“Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, & Martin Short/Randy Newman”
The Three Amigos -- Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, and Martin Short -- host. Plus, a cameo by Eric Idle of Monty Python.
“Steve Guttenberg/The Pretenders & Buster Poindexter”
Hosting duties belong to Police Academy star Steve Guttenberg with special guest performance by Penn and Teller.
“William Shatner/Lone Justice & Buster Poindexter”
TV institution William Shatner captains SNL for a night.
“Walter Payton, Joe Montana/Debbie Harry”
Football legends Joe Montana and Walter Payton co-host.
“Paul Shaffer/Bruce Hornsby & the Range”
David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer beings his many talents to SNL as host.
“Bronson Pinchot/Paul Young & Buster Poindexter”
Bronson Pinchot, star of the hit sitcom Perfect Strangers, is the host, with special guest appearances by Paulina Porizkova.
Country music star Willie Nelson is host and musical guest, with a special guest appearance by Danny DeVito.
“Valerie Bertinelli/Eddie Van Halen, Robert Cray”
Two-time Golden Globe winning actress Valerie Bertinelli is your host.
“Bill Murray/Percy Sledge”
Former SNL cast member, the one and only Bill Murray takes center stage as host.
“Charlton Heston/Wynton Marsalis”
The Planet of the Apes star and Oscar winning actor Charlton Heston lends his authoritative persona to SNL, as this week's host.
“John Lithgow/Anita Baker”
John Lithgow is back again as hosts this week.
“John Larroquette/Timbuk 3”
The Emmy winning actor from Night Court, John Larroquette, hosts.
“Mark Harmon/Suzanne Vega”
TV mainstay and Emmy winning actor Mark Harmon takes the stage as host.
“Garry Shandling/Los Lobos”
Actor and comedian Garry Shandling (The Larry Sanders Show) is the host, with a filmed cameo by Tracey Ullman.
“Dennis Hopper/Roy Orbison”
Two-time Oscar nominated actor Dennis Hopper brings the season to a close as guest host.