NBC has asked me to read the following statement, concerning last year's entire season... 'It was all a dream. A horrible, horrible dream.'
—Madonna in the opening of the premier

SNL Season 12 Title Card

Saturday Night Live's Season 12 Title Card.

Season 12
Premier: October 11, 1986
Last episode: May 23, 1987
Episodes: 20
Weekend Update anchor(s): Dennis Miller
Previous Season 11
Next Season 13

Saturday Night Live aired it's 12th Season during the 1986 - 1987 television season on NBC. The 12th Season started on October 11, 1986, the 11th anniversary of the show's first episode, and ended on May 23, 1987.

Buster Poindexter joined the Saturday Night Live Band for part of the season.



Dana s12
Dana Carvey
Nora s12
Nora Dunn
Phil s12
Phil Hartman
Jan s12
Jan Hooks
Victoria s12
Victoria Jackson
Jon s12
Jon Lovitz
Dennis s12
Dennis Miller


Whitney s12
A. Whitney Brown
Kevin s12
Kevin Nealon

List of EpisodesEdit

Buster Poindexter is credited as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band in these episodes.

Air Date Host Musical Guest Notes
October 11, 1986Sigourney Weaver Madonna appears in the cold opening to read a statement saying the previous season "was all a dream... a horrible, horrible dream."
October 18, 1986Malcolm-Jamal Warner Run-DMC Guest appearances are made by Sam Kinison and Spike Lee as his Mars Blackmon character from She's Gotta Have It.
November 8, 1986 Rosanna Arquette Ric Ocasek This episode was actually filmed two weeks beforehand, but delayed due to NBC's broadcast of the that year's World Series (the legendary Game 6) between the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox; the aired opened with a segment in which Mets pitcher Ron Darling playfully apologized for the delay.
November 15, 1986Sam Kinison Lou Reed
November 22, 1986 Robin Williams Paul Simon Guest appearance by Art Garfunkel.
December 6, 1986 Chevy Chase
Steve Martin
Martin Short
Randy Newman Guest appearance by Eric Idle.
December 13, 1986Steve Guttenberg The Pretenders Guest appearances by Penn & Teller.
December 20, 1986William Shatner Lone Justice Guest appearance by comedian Kevin Meaney.
January 24, 1987Joe Montana & Walter Payton Deborah Harry
January 31, 1987 Paul Shaffer Bruce Hornsby & The Range
February 14, 1987Bronson Pinchot Paul Young Guest appearance by Paulina Porizkova.
February 21, 1987 Willie Nelson guest appearance by Danny DeVito.
February 28, 1987 Valerie Bertinelli The Robert Cray Band Bertinelli's then-husband Eddie Van Halen appears in a sketch and plays with the SNL Band. Guest appearance by Eddie Newman.
March 21, 1987 Bill Murray Percy Sledge
March 28, 1987 Charlton Heston Wynton Marsalis This episode features a short film by Ben Stiller.
April 11, 1987 John Lithgow Anita Baker
April 18, 1987 John Larroquette Timbuk 3
May 9, 1987 Mark Harmon Suzanne Vega
May 16, 1987 Garry Shandling Los Lobos Tracey Ullman appears in the filmed Hollywood Mom sketch. Nell Campbell appears in Tenny Cafe. A number of sketches had Shandling breaking the fourth wall, referring to the style of the then-airing It's Garry Shandling's Show.
May 23, 1987 Dennis Hopper Roy Orbison


Noël Wells (December 23, 1986)

Aidy Bryant (May 7, 1987)

Abby Elliott (June 16, 1987)

Melissa Villaseñor (October 9, 1987)

Jay Pharoah (October 14, 1987)



Preceded by:
Season 11
Season 12
(1986 - 1987)
Followed by:
Season 13
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