Saturday Night Live aired its sixteenth season during the 1990-1991 television season on NBC. 20 episodes were produced. The sixteenth season began on September 29, 1990, and ended on May 18, 1991.
The 16th season of SNL was a transitional one: Several longtime cast members left, and a large number of additions were made to the roster. To ensure that he was not short on talent, Michaels chose to retain most of the late 1980s cast while in the process of hiring the people that would make up the early 1990s cast. At one point during the season, sixteen people were listed as cast members or featured players.
Golden Globe winnier Kyle MacLachlan hosts the season premier.
Susan Lucci takes a break from the daytime soaps to be a late night host.
The famous (or for some, infamous) episode hosted by NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze hosts, featuring the famous Chippendales sketch opposite Chris Farley .
Golden Globe winning actor Jimmy Smits hosts, with a special guest appearance by Bob Costas.
Dennis Hopper makes another appearance as host.
John Goodman became a frequent visitor to SNL, this time as host. With an appearance by Mick Jagger.
Two-time Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks joins the Five Timers club when he hosts this 1990 episode.
Golden Globe nominated actor Dennis Quaid hosts. Special guest appearance by Jon Lovitz.
Joe Mantegna trades Chicago for New York when he hosts SNL.
Grammy winning musician Sting is the host and the musical guest this week.
Many degrees of Kevin Bacon are created when the actor hosts SNL.
Golden Globe winning actress Roseanne Barr hosts with special guest appearances by Jon Lovitz and Tom Arnold.
Alec Baldwin is back for a second time as host. It won't be his last.
Michael J. Fox, The Family Ties and Back to the Future star, hosts.
Oscar winning actor Jeremy Irons shows he can yuk it up when he hosts SNL.
SCTV vet and Christopher Guest movie mainstay Catherine O'Hara is the guest host, with a special guest appearance by Randy Quaid.
Martial arts expert and action star Steven Segal hosts.
Emmy nominated actress Delta Burke is the host.
George Wendt hosts, which means a sketch of Bill Swerski's Super Fans!