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Saturday Night Live - Season 8 Episodes

Saturday Night Live - Season 8

Saturday Night Live - Season 8

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.

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Episode 1

Chevy Chase/Queen

Former cast member Chevy Chase makes his return to SNL as host.

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Episode 2

Louis Gossett Jr./George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Oscar winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. hosts. Cameo by Mr. T.

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Episode 3

Ron Howard/The Clash

Happy Days actor and Oscar winning director Ron Howard guest stars.

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Episode 4

Howard Hesseman/Men at Work

WKRP In Cincinnati co-star Howard Hesseman hosts.

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Episode 5

Michael Keaton/The New Joe Jackson Band

Acclaimed comedian/actor Michael Keaton hosts, with special guest appearance by Monty Python's Michael Palin.

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Episode 6

Robert Blake/Kenny Loggins

Golden Globe winning actor Robert Blake hosts.

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Episode 7

Drew Barrymore/Squeeze

A 7-year old Drew Barrymore hosts the show claiming the title of youngest guest host in SNL history.

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Episode 8

The Smothers Brothers/Laura Branigan

Hosting the show is the Emmy winning comedy duo The Smothers Brothers.

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Episode 9

Eddie Murphy/Lionel Richie

SNL veteran Eddie Murphy hosts with a special guest appearance by Steve Martin.

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Episode 10

Lily Tomlin

Four-time Emmy winning actress and comedienne Lily Tomlin guest stars. Special appearance by Andy Kaufman.

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Episode 11

Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas/The Bus Boys

Comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas host.

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Episode 12

Sid Caesar/Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

Comedy legend Sid Caesar guest stars.

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Episode 13

Howard Hesseman/Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Howard Hesseman makes his second guest host appearance of the season.

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Episode 14

Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges/Randy Newman

Award winning actors and brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges host.

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Episode 15

Bruce Dern/Leon Redbone

Oscar nominated actor Bruce Dern returns to host this 1983 episode.

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Episode 16

Robert Guillaume/Duran Duran

Two-time Emmy winning actor Robert Guillaume (Soap, Benson) lends his many talents as host.

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Episode 17

Joan Rivers/Musical Youth

Famed comedian Joan Rivers takes over for a night.

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Episode 18

Susan St. James/Michael McDonald

Susan Saint James is back to host, with special guest appearance by Michael McDonald.

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Episode 19

Stevie Wonder

The 8th Wonder of the world, Stevie Wonder, hosts SNL.

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Episode 20

Ed Koch/Dexys Midnight Runners

Former New York City mayor Ed Koch hosts the 1982/83 season finale.