Saturday Night Live aired its thirty-fifth season during the 2009–2010 television season on NBC. This season began on September 26, 2009 and ended on May 15, 2010.
A total of 22 episodes were broadcast during the show's eight-month-long season, which included a two-week break in February due to the 2010 Winter Olympics. The season was accompanied by three prime-time episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday and three prime-time SNL clip shows.
Prior to the start of the season, many cast changes occurred. Darrell Hammond, the last cast member from the 1990s, left the show after a record 14 seasons in the cast. Featured players Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson were both let go from the show before the start of the season.
To fill their absence the show brought in two new featured players, Nasim Pedrad and Jenny Slate. Abby Elliott and Bobby Moynihan continued as featured players.
A notable moment of the season was when an internet campaign was created to get actress Betty White to host an episode of the show. The campaign was started in early 2010 on Facebook and the group was called "Betty White to Host SNL!" The campaign was successful, and White became the oldest person ever to host the show. For White's episode, Lorne Michaels brought back former cast members Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon. The episode garnered its highest ratings in over a year. with a rating of 5.8 in the 18–49 rating, demographic and with 12.1 million viewers overall.
Megan Fox hosts the season premiere of Saturday Night Live.
Ryan Reynolds hosts Saturday Night Live with guest appearances by Madonna, Scarlett Johansson and Elijah Wood.
Drew Barrymore hosts with musical guest with Regina Spektor.
Gerard Butler hosts Saturday Night Live with guest appearances by Shakira, Dwayne Johnson and James Franco.
Taylor Swift hosts Nov. 7.
January Jones hosts Nov 14.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Dave Matthews Band.
Blake Lively hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Rihanna.
Taylor Lautner hosts.
James Franco hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Muse.
Charles Barkley hosts Saturday Night Live with a special appearance by Alicia Keys.
Sigourney Weaver hosts Saturday Night Live with The Ting Tings.
Jon Hamm hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Michael Buble.
Ashton Kutcher hosts Saturday Night Live with Them Crooked Vultures.
Jennifer Lopez hosts Saturday Night Live.
Zach Galifianakis hosts SNL with musical guest Vampire Weekend.
Jude Law hosts Saturday Night Live with a special appearance by Jerry Seinfeld.
Tina Fey hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Justin Bieber.
Ryan Phillippe hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Ke$ha.
Gabourey Sidibe hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest MGMT.
Live from New York, it's... Betty White, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Ana Gastayer, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Molly Shannon! Sketches include "The Lawrence Welk Show," "MacGruber" (three parts), "Delicious Dish," "The Manuel Ortiz Show," "Gingey," "Scared Straight," "CSI: Sarasota," "Thank You For Being a Friend" (Digital Short), and "2010 Census Taker." Jay-Z performed a melody of "Real As It Gets," "99 Problems," "Empire State of Mind" (feat. Bridget Kelly), and "Young Forever" (feat. Mr Hudson).
Alec Baldwin hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Tom Petty and The Heart Breakers.