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.
Where to Watch Season 8
20 Episodes
  • Chevy Chase/Queen
    Chevy Chase/QueenEpisode 1
  • Louis Gossett Jr./George Thorogood and the Destroyers
    Louis Gossett Jr./George Thorogood and the DestroyersEpisode 2
  • Ron Howard/The Clash
    Ron Howard/The ClashEpisode 3
  • Howard Hesseman/Men at Work
    Howard Hesseman/Men at WorkEpisode 4
  • Michael Keaton/The New Joe Jackson Band
    Michael Keaton/The New Joe Jackson BandEpisode 5
  • Robert Blake/Kenny Loggins
    Robert Blake/Kenny LogginsEpisode 6
  • Drew Barrymore/Squeeze
    Drew Barrymore/SqueezeEpisode 7
  • The Smothers Brothers/Laura Branigan
    The Smothers Brothers/Laura BraniganEpisode 8
  • Eddie Murphy/Lionel Richie
    Eddie Murphy/Lionel RichieEpisode 9
  • Lily Tomlin
    Lily TomlinEpisode 10
  • Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas/The Bus Boys
    Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas/The Bus BoysEpisode 11
  • Sid Caesar/Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
    Sid Caesar/Joe Cocker and Jennifer WarnesEpisode 12
  • Howard Hesseman/Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
    Howard Hesseman/Tom Petty and The HeartbreakersEpisode 13
  • Beau Bridges, Jeff Bridges/Randy Newman
    Beau Bridges, Jeff Bridges/Randy NewmanEpisode 14
  • Bruce Dern/Leon Redbone
    Bruce Dern/Leon RedboneEpisode 15
  • Robert Guillaume/Duran Duran
    Robert Guillaume/Duran DuranEpisode 16
  • Joan Rivers/Musical Youth
    Joan Rivers/Musical YouthEpisode 17
  • Susan Saint James/Michael McDonald
    Susan Saint James/Michael McDonaldEpisode 18
  • Stevie Wonder
    Stevie WonderEpisode 19
  • Ed Koch/Dexys Midnight Runners
    Ed Koch/Dexys Midnight RunnersEpisode 20
Cast of Season 8
  • Julia Louis-DreyfusSelf - Various Characters
  • Mary GrossSelf - Various Characters
  • Tim KazurinskySelf - Various Characters
  • Joe PiscopoSelf - Various Characters
  • Brad HallSelf - Various Characters
  • Gary KroegerSelf - Various Characters
  • Eddie MurphySelf - Various Characters

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