Saturday Night Live aired its ninth season during the 1983–1984 television season on NBC. The ninth season started on October 8, 1983 and ended on May 12, 1984.
Before the start of the season the entire cast returned for another season. The only change was the hiring of Jim Belushi.
The notable moment of season was when Eddie Murphy left the show mid-season. After 48 Hours, Murphy's star began to eclipse that of Joe Piscopo's. From the start of season 7, Dick Ebersol made it clear that his strategy was to showcase Murphy and Piscopo as much as possible while all the other cast members would play mainly supporting roles and were treated with very little patience by the producers.
When Murphy's 48 Hours co-star Nick Nolte dropped out of hosting at the last minute, Ebersol offered Murphy the chance to host — a move that Piscopo would perceive as a major slight. Piscopo would later claim Ebersol used Murphy's success to divide the two erstwhile friends and play them against one another. Others countered that Piscopo was simply being a prima donna; said one writer, "Eddie Murphy's fame went to Joe Piscopo's head."
Premiere episode of the 1983/84 season is hosted by famed NBC executive Brandon Tartikoff.
Funny couple Danny DeVito and Rhea Pearlman co-host , with a special guest appearance by Dick Cavett.
Funny man John Candy hosts.
Comedienne Betty Thomas hosts this 1983 episode, which features the now-famous James Brown Celebrity Hot Tub.
Young Frankenstein star and Oscar nominee Teri Garr hosts.
Comedy veteran Jerry Lewis hosts, with a special guest appearance by Florence Henderson.
The Smothers Brothers are back as co-hosts.
Variety series host and Emmy-winner Flip Wilson hosts.
SNL alum Don Novello, appearing as his famous character Father Guido Sarducci, hosts.
Monty Python alumnus Michael Palin guest stars.
Famed insult comic/actor Don Rickles is this week's host.
The incomparable Robin Williams takes the reins as host.
Jamie Lee Curtis is at it again as host.
Newscaster Edwin Newman test his comedic ability as host.
Comedian Billy Crystal kicks off his tenure at SNL by hosting this 1984 show.
Academy Award-winner Michael Douglas trades drama for comedy when he steps in as host.
Senator and onetime presidential nominee George McGovern hosts.
Actor/singer Barry Bostwick hosts, with a special guest appearance by Spinal Tap.
Billy Crystal, Ed Koch, Edwin Newman, Don Novello (as Father Guido Sarducci), and Betty Thomas co-host.