Saturday Night Live aired its eighth season during the 1982–1983 season on NBC. The 8th season started on September 25, 1982 and ended on May 14, 1983. This was the third season to air since Lorne Michaels had left his first tenure as executive producer.
Many changes happened before the start of the season. Brian Doyle-Murray, Christine Ebersole and Tony Rosato were dropped from the show to make room for new cast members. Hired in their places were Brad Hall, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Gary Kroeger.
Dick Ebersol brought back the show's cold openings that ended with "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" and the monologues by the host. Ebersol also changed Weekend Update's name for the second time, to Saturday Night News. Since Doyle-Murray and Ebersole had both been dropped, a new anchor was needed for the segment. Hall got the gig and became the new anchor.
Notable moments of this season included Drew Barrymore hosting the show—the youngest ever person to host the show. During the episode hosted by Barrymore, the audience at home was given the chance to vote on whether or not Andy Kaufman should be banned from the show. The vote was conducted by a 1-900 number. At the end of the show Kaufman was banned from ever performing on SNL again.
Former cast member Chevy Chase makes his return to SNL as host.
Oscar winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. hosts. Cameo by Mr. T.
Happy Days actor and Oscar winning director Ron Howard guest stars.
WKRP In Cincinnati co-star Howard Hesseman hosts.
Acclaimed comedian/actor Michael Keaton hosts, with special guest appearance by Monty Python's Michael Palin.
Golden Globe winning actor Robert Blake hosts.
A 7-year old Drew Barrymore hosts the show claiming the title of youngest guest host in SNL history.
Hosting the show is the Emmy winning comedy duo The Smothers Brothers.
SNL veteran Eddie Murphy hosts with a special guest appearance by Steve Martin.
Four-time Emmy winning actress and comedienne Lily Tomlin guest stars. Special appearance by Andy Kaufman.
Comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas host.
Comedy legend Sid Caesar guest stars.
Howard Hesseman makes his second guest host appearance of the season.
Award winning actors and brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges host.
Oscar nominated actor Bruce Dern returns to host this 1983 episode.
Two-time Emmy winning actor Robert Guillaume (Soap, Benson) lends his many talents as host.
Famed comedian Joan Rivers takes over for a night.
Susan Saint James is back to host, with special guest appearance by Michael McDonald.
The 8th Wonder of the world, Stevie Wonder, hosts SNL.
Former New York City mayor Ed Koch hosts the 1982/83 season finale.