I am announcing tonight a new network policy of random urinalysis testing for all cast and crew of the new Saturday Night Live.
—Brandon Tartikoff in the opening of the first episode

Season 11
Premier: November 9, 1985
Last episode: May 24, 1986
Episodes: 18
Weekend Update anchor(s): Dennis Miller
Season Chronology
Previous Season 10
Next Season 12

Season 11 of Saturday Night Live marked the return of original producer Lorne Michaels. The cast included Joan Cusack, Robert Downey, Jr., Nora Dunn, Anthony Michael Hall, Jon Lovitz, Dennis Miller, Randy Quaid, Terry Sweeney, Danitra Vance, A. Whitney Brown, Al Franken, Don Novello, Dan Vitale, and Damon Wayans. Vitale and Wayans were fired during the season, Vitale due to substance abuse and Wayans following his portrayal of a character as flamboyantly gay out of frustration from a string of small roles. The other cast members were dropped after a season of poor reviews, with the exception of Brown, Dunn, Lovitz, and Miller.



Joan s11  Robert s11  Nora s11 

Anthony s11  Jon s11  Dennis s11 

Randy s11  Terry s11  Danitra s11 


Whitney s11  Al s11  Don s11 

Dan s11  Damon s11 


  • Dan Vitale: Only November 23 and February 8
  • Don Novello was only credited under his own name November 23, March 15, and April 12; he was credited as Maurice December 21, and as Father Guido Sarducci May 24
  • A. Whitney Brown: First March 15
  • Damon Wayans: Last March 15; returned May 24
  • Sam Kinnison was introduced as featured May 17; this was likely a mistake, as he appeared as a special guest on several previous episodes (and no other featured players were listed on that episode)
  • Al Franken: Only May 24


DateHost(s)Musical Guest(s)
196 November 9, 1985 Madonna Simple Minds
197 November 16, 1985 Chevy Chase Sheila E
198 November 23, 1985 Pee Wee Herman Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band
199 December 7, 1985 John Lithgow Mr. Mister
200 December 14, 1985 Tom Hanks Sade
201 December 21, 1985 Teri Garr The Dream Academy
The Cult
202 January 18, 1986 Harry Dean Stanton The Replacements
203 January 25, 1986 Dudley Moore Al Green
204 February 8, 1986 Ron Reagan The Nelsons
205 February 15, 1986 Jerry Hall Stevie Ray Vaughan
Jimmie Vaughan
206 February 22, 1986 Jay Leno The Neville Brothers
207 March 15, 1986 Griffin Dunne Rosanne Cash
208 March 22, 1986 George Wendt
Francis Ford Coppola
Philip Glass
209 April 12, 1986 Oprah Winfrey Joe Jackson
210 April 19, 1986 Tony Danza Laurie Anderson
211 May 10, 1986 Catherine Oxenberg
Paul Simon
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
212 May 17, 1986 Jimmy Breslin
Marvin Hagler
Level 42
E.G. Daily
213 May 24, 1986 Anjelica Huston
Billy Martin
George Clinton




Opening sequence, both versions

Penn and Teller were guests on these episodes
Sam Kinnison was a guest on these episodes


Preceded by:
Season 10
Season 11
(1985 - 1986)
Followed by:
Season 12

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