I hope Eddie Murphy robs your house!
—Don Rickles to Joe Piscopo, January 28, 1982

Season 9
Premier: October 8, 1983
Last episode: May 12, 1984
Episodes: 19
Weekend Update anchor(s): Brad Hall (eps. 1-10)
Rotating guest anchors (eps. 11-19)
Season Chronology
Previous Season 8
Next Season 10

The 9th season of Saturday Night Live began on October 8, 1983 and ended on May 12, 1984. The cast remained the same from season 8, with the addition of Jim Belushi. Later in the season Eddie Murphy began appearing intermittently- Jamie Lee Curtis joked about his absence in her monologue, he appeared only via a taped sketch on the March 17 episode, was dropped from the credits for one show, returned for one show, and left for good. Joe Piscopo, who had been clashing with producer Dick Ebersol since Murphy's hosting gig the previous season, left at the end of the season. With the Murphy-Piscopo nucleus gone, Ebersol looked to reinvent the cast, and would force out Robin Duke, Tim Kazurinsky, and Brad Hall at the end of the season.


Jim s9  Robin s8  Mary s8 

Brad s8  Tim s8  Gary s8 

Julia s8  Eddie s8  Joe s8 


  • Eddie Murphy: Not credited April 7, May 5, and May 12


DateHost(s)Musical Guest(s)
160 October 8, 1983 Brandon Tartikoff John Cougar Mellencamp
161 October 15, 1983 Danny DeVito
Rhea Perlman
Eddy Grant
162 October 22, 1983 John Candy Men at Work
163 November 5, 1983 Betty Thomas Stray Cats
164 November 12, 1983 Teri Garr Mick Fleetwood's Zoo
Lindsey Buckingham
165 November 19, 1983 Jerry Lewis Loverboy
166 December 3, 1983 The Smothers Brothers Big Country
167 December 10, 1983 Flip Wilson Stevie Nicks
168 January 14, 1984 Don Novello Huey Lewis and the News
169 January 21, 1984 Michael Palin The Motels
170 January 28, 1984 Don Rickles Billy Idol
171 February 11, 1984 Robin Williams Adam Ant
172 February 18, 1984 Jamie Lee Curtis The Fixx
173 February 25, 1984 Edwin Newman Kool & the Gang
174 March 17, 1984 Billy Crystal Al Jarreau
175 April 7, 1984 Michael Douglas Deniece Williams
176 April 14, 1984 George McGovern Madness
177 May 5, 1984 Barry Bostwick Spinal Tap
178 May 12, 1984 Billy Crystal
Ed Koch
Edwin Newman
Don Novello
Betty Thomas
The Cars




Season 9 opening sequence. The voice heard is not Don Pardo but Joe Piscopo imitating Pardo, who missed the show due to illness.

Preceded by:
Season 8
Season 9
(1983 - 1984)
Followed by:
Season 10



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