Saturday Night Live Season 9

Saturday Night Live Season 9

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."

NameSaturday Night Live Season 9
Air DateOctober 8th, 1983
GenreComedy
NetworkNBC
Production CompaniesBroadway Video, NBC Studios, Universal Television
Number of Episodes19 Episodes
Plot Keywordslive, sketch comedy, skit
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Various
Mary Gross
Mary Gross
Various
Tim Kazurinsky
Tim Kazurinsky
Various
Joe Piscopo
Joe Piscopo
Various
James Belushi
James Belushi
Various
Brad Hall
Brad Hall
Various
Gary Kroeger
Gary Kroeger
Various
Robin Duke
Robin Duke
Various
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
Various

Episodes List