Looking for original SNL airings

I've posted my SNL want list before, but figured this format would be much easier to read and navigate.

Shows marked as "missing shows" would be my first preference; anything marked with an asterisk (*) is highest priority. Shows marked as "upgrades welcome" are lower priority but would be nice to get for better quality transfers, more complete recordings, US airings if my recording is from Canada, or with commercials intact. Unless specified, I want original NBC airings only; specific repeat versions are listed, mainly to help track edits on my reviews.

If you have something on my list, send me an e-mail through the contact page or the e-mail icon in the corner of the screen.

Updated: June 5, 2016

Seasons 1-5:
Due to the unlikelihood of most recordings from this era surviving beyond official Broadway Video copies, anything not already circulating in the trading circuit would be welcome (for bumpers, alternate versions compared to what was circulated for Warner VHS, rebroadcasts on CN/Classic, DVD release, etc.).
Specific live broadcasts of interest:

  • 12/20/75 Candice Bergen / The Stylistics, Martha Reeves
  • 04/17/76 Ron Nessen / Patti Smith Group
  • 04/24/76 Raquel Welch / Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian
  • 05/08/76 Madeline Kahn / Carly Simon (bumpers)
  • 05/22/76 Buck Henry / Gordon Lightfoot (Jane Curtin apparently does a promo for the Superstars special that Pardo announces during the closing)
  • 05/29/76 Elliott Gould / Leon Redbone, Harlan Collins & Joyce Everson
  • 10/16/76 Karen Black / John Prine
  • 09/24/77 Steve Martin / Jackson Browne (DVD uses rerun but adds commercial parodies and live goodnights)
  • 02/25/78 O.J Simpson / Ashford & Simpson (with unedited Mandingo II)

Upgrades welcome:

  • 08/22/81: Desi Arnaz (better quality recording)

Specific rerun versions of interest:

  • 08/23/80: Madeline Kahn / Taj Mahal (has unaired "First Love" short film starring Gilda Radner)

Most NBC rebroadcasts w/o/c of any "original cast" show aired prior to fall 1981, with the following exceptions:
06/12/76 Robert Klein / ABBA, Loudon Wainwright III
07/30/77 Ralph Nader / George Benson
07/28/79 Richard Benjamin / Rickie Lee Jones
08/04/79 Rick Nelson / Judy Collins
08/25/79 Peter Cook & Dudley Moore / Neil Sedaka
06/07/80 Martin Sheen / David Bowie
09/29/80 Peter Cook & Dudley Moore / Neil Sedaka
11/08/80 George Carlin / Billy Preston, Janis Ian
03/28/81 Steve Martin / The Blues Brothers
04/04/81 Rick Nelson / Judy Collins
04/18/81 Sissy Spacek / Richard Baskin
04/25/81 Strother Martin / The Specials
05/16/81 Jill Clayburgh / Leon Redbone, The Singing Idlers

Season 6: 1980-81
missing original airings:

  • 12/13/80 Jamie Lee Curtis / James Brown, Ellen Shipley
  • 12/20/80 David Carradine / Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith, George Rose & the cast of "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • 01/24/81 Robert Hays / Joe "King" Carrasco & the Crown
  • 03/07/81 Bill Murray / Delbert McClinton

upgrades welcome:

  • 01/10/81 Ray Sharkey / Jack Bruce & Friends (looking for 1st gen with ads)
  • 02/21/81 Charlene Tilton / Todd Rudgren, Prince (copy starts partway through monologue)

repeat versions of interest:

  • 01/03/81 Elliott Gould / Kid Creole & The Coconuts
  • 01/31/81 Ellen Burstyn / Aretha Franklin, Keith Sykes
  • 02/28/81 David Carradine / Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith, George Rose & the cast of "The Pirates of Penzance"


Season 7: 1981-82
missing original airings
:

  • 10/10/81 Susan Saint James / The Kinks
  • 11/07/81 Lauren Hutton / Rick James & the Stone City Band
  • 11/14/81 Bernadette Peters / Billy Joel, The Go-Gos
  • 12/05/81 Tim Curry / Meat Loaf & the Neverland Express*
  • 12/12/81 Bill Murray / The Spinners, Yale Whiffenpoofs*
  • 01/23/82 Robert Conrad / The Allman Brothers Band*
  • 04/17/82 Johnny Cash / Elton John
  • 04/24/82 Robert Culp / The Charlie Daniels Band
  • 05/22/82 Olivia Newton-John

upgrades welcome:

  • 10/03/81 (no host) / Rod Stewart (missing cold opening)
  • 10/17/81 George Kennedy / Miles Davis (copy starts partway through Spray On Laetril)
  • 10/31/81 Donald Pleasance / Fear (looking for complete copy w/o/c)
  • 04/10/82 Daniel J. Travanti / John Cougar (next week segment partially missing)

repeat versions of interest:

  • 11/21/82 or 07/17/82 Susan Saint James / The Kinks
  • 06/26/82 Blythe Danner / Rickie Lee Jones
  • 08/28/82 Johnny Cash / Elton John


Season 8: 1982-83
missing original airings
:

  • 10/23/82 Howard Hesseman / Men At Work
  • 10/30/82 Michael Keaton / The New Joe Jackson Band
  • 11/13/82 Robert Blake / Kenny Loggins*
  • 12/11/82 Eddie Murphy / Lionel Richie*
  • 02/26/83 Jeff & Beau Bridges / Randy Newman

upgrades welcome:

  • 10/02/82 Louis Gossett Jr. / George Thorogood & The Destroyers (starts partway through opening)

repeat versions of interest:

  • 12/18/82 or 08/13/83 Howard Hesseman / Men At Work
  • 06/04/83 Howard Hesseman / Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers


Season 9: 1983-84
missing original airings:

  • 11/12/83 Teri Garr / Mick Fleetwood's Zoo*
  • 12/10/83 Flip Wilson / Stevie Nicks*
  • 01/14/84 Father Guido Sarducci / Huey Lewis & the News*
  • 02/25/84 Edwin Newman / Kool & The Gang
  • 03/17/84 Billy Crystal / Al Jarreau
  • 03/24/84 The Best of Saturday Night Live
  • 05/05/84 Barry Bostwick / Spinal Tap*

upgrades welcome:

  • 04/07/84 Michael Douglas / Deniece Williams (starts partway through MTV News)

repeat versions of interest:

  • 09/08/84 or 06/29/85 Billy Crystal / Al Jarreau

Season 10: 1984-85
missing original airings:

  • 01/12/85: Kathleen Turner / John Waite
  • 03/30/85: Mr. T & Hulk Hogan / The Commodores
  • 04/13/85; Howard Cosell / Greg Kihn

upgrades welcome:

  • 03/02/85: SNL Film Festival (looking for copy w/o/c)

repeat versions of interest:

  • 08/10/85: Christopher Reeve / Santana
  • 09/28/85 or 08/02/86 SNL Film Festival

Season 11: 1985-86
missing original airings:

  • 11/16/85 Chevy Chase / Sheila E.*
  • 12/21/85 Teri Garr / The Dream Academy, The Cult
  • 01/18/86 Harry Dean Stanton / The Replacements
  • 02/08/86 Ron Reagan / The Nelsons*
  • 03/15/86 Griffin Dunne / Rosanne Cash
  • 03/22/86 George Wendt & Francis Ford Coppola / Philip Glass*
  • 04/12/86 Oprah Winfrey / Joe Jackson
  • 04/19/86 Tony Danza / Laurie Anderson*
  • 05/17/86 Jimmy Breslin / Level 42, E.G. Daily*

upgrades welcome

  • 11/23/85 Pee-Wee Herman / Queen Ida (looking for copy w/o/c with music intact)

Season 12: 1986-87
missing original airings:

  • 11/15/86 Sam Kinison / Lou Reed
  • 12/13/86 Steve Guttenberg / The Pretenders

upgrades welcome

  • 10/18/86 Malcolm-Jamal Warner / Run-DMC (looking for copy w/o/c)
  • 02/28/87 Valerie Bertinelli / Robert Cray Band (starts partway through opening)
  • 04/18/87 John Larroquette / Timbuk 3 (looking for copy w/o/c)
  • 05/09/87 Mark Harmon / Suzanne Vega (looking for copy w/o/c)
  • 05/16/87 Garry Shandling / Los Lobos (looking for copy w/o/c)


Season 13: 1987-88
missing original airings: 

  • 12/05/87 Danny DeVito / Bryan Ferry*
  • 12/12/87 Angie Dickinson / Buster Poindexter, David Gilmour*
  • 02/13/88 Justine Bateman / Terrence Trent D'Arby*
  • 04/16/88 Decision 88 (compilation assembled to air during Writers' Strike)

upgrades welcome:

  • 10/17/87 Steve Martin / Sting (looking for copy w/o/c)
  • 10/31/87 Dabney Coleman / The Cars (looking for copy w/o/c)
  • 11/14/87 Robert Mitchum / Simply Red (looking for copy w/o/c)
  • 11/21/87 Candice Bergen / Cher (looking for copy w/o/c - with all commercials intact)
  • 01/30/88 Carl Weathers / Robbie Robertson* (looking for copy with "The Garden" film intact)
  • 02/20/88 Tom Hanks / Randy Travis (looking for better quality recording)

Season 14: 1988-89
upgrades welcome:

  • 11/05/88 Matthew Modine / Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (looking for copy w/o/c)
  • 11/12/88 Demi Moore / Johnny Clegg & Savuka (looking for copy w/o/c)
  • 05/13/89 Wayne Gretzky / Fine Young Cannibals (looking for better quality recording)
  • 05/20/89 Steve Martin / Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (looking for better quality recording)


Season 15: 1989-90
missing original airings:

  • 10/21/89 Kathleen Turner / Billy Joel

Season 16: 1990-91
upgrades welcome:

  • 02/23/91 Alec Baldwin (looking for complete copy w/o/c, mine has first 57 minutes only)

Season 17: 1991-92
upgrades welcome:

  • 10/12/91 Kirstie Alley / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (looking for East Coast airing w/o/c)
  • 11/02/91 Kiefer Sutherland / Skid Row (looking for w/o/c)
  • 03/14/92 John Goodman / Garth Brooks (looking for complete w/o/c with goodnights intact)
  • 03/21/92 Mary Stuart Masterson / En Vogue (looking for complete w/o/c)
  • 05/16/92 Woody Harrelson / Vanessa Williams (looking for w/o/c)

Season 18: 1992-93
missing original airings (w/o/c preferred):

  • 01/16/93: Harvey Keitel / Madonna
  • 05/08/93 Christina Applegate / Midnight Oil
  • 05/15/93 Kevin Kline / Paul Simon & Willie Nelson

upgrades welcome:

  • 09/26/92 Nicolas Cage / Bobby Brown (looking for complete w/o/c)
  • 10/10/92 Joe Pesci / Spin Doctors (looking for w/o/c)
  • 10/24/92 Christopher Walken / Arrested Development (looking for complete w/o/c)
  • 10/31/92 Catherine O'Hara / 10,000 Maniacs (looking for complete w/o/c)
  • 12/05/92 Tom Arnold / Neil Young (looking for complete w/o/c)
  • 12/12/92 Glenn Close / The Black Crowes (looking for w/o/c)
  • 01/09/93 Danny DeVito / Bon Jovi (looking for complete w/o/c)
  • 02/06/93 Luke Perry / Mick Jagger (looking for complete w/o/c)
  • 02/20/93 Bill Murray / Sting (looking for w/o/c)
  • 03/13/93 John Goodman / Mary J. Blige (looking for w/o/c)
  • 03/20/93 Miranda Richardson / Soul Asylum (looking for w/o/c)
  • 04/10/93 Jason Alexander / Peter Gabriel (looking for w/o/c)
  • 04/17/93 Kirstie Alley / Lenny Kravitz (looking for w/o/c)


Season 19: 1993-94
missing original airings (w/o/c preferred):

  • 09/25/93 Charles Barkley / Nirvana
  • 10/02/93 Shannen Doherty / Cypress Hill
  • 10/30/93 Christian Slater / Smashing Pumpkins
  • 11/13/93 Rosie O'Donnell / James Taylor

upgrades welcome:

  • 10/09/93 Jeff Goldblum / Aerosmith (looking for 1st gen w/o/c)
  • 11/20/93 Nicole Kidman / Stone Temple Pilots (looking for w/o/c)
  • 12/04/93 Charlton Heston / Paul Westerberg (looking for w/o/c)
  • 12/11/93 Sally Field / Tony! Toni! Tone! (looking for complete w/o/c)
  • 01/08/94 Jason Patric / Blind Melon (looking for w/o/c)
  • 01/15/94 Sara Gilbert / Counting Crows (looking for w/o/c)
  • 02/12/94 Alec Baldwin & Kim Basinger / UB40 (looking for w/o/c)
  • 03/12/94 Nancy Kerrigan / Aretha Franklin (looking for NBC airing w/o/c)
  • 05/14/94 Heather Locklear / Janet Jackson (looking for NBC airing w/o/c)


Season 20: 1994-95
upgrades welcome:

  • 11/12/94 Sarah Jessica Parker / REM (looking for NBC airing w/o/c)
  • 11/19/94 John Turturro / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (looking for NBC airing w/o/c)
  • 12/17/94 George Foreman / Hole (looking for w/o/c)
  • 02/18/95 Deion Sanders / Bon Jovi (looking for w/o/c)


Season 21: 1995-96
upgrades welcome:

  • 12/16/95 Madeline Kahn / Bush (looking for w/o/c)
  • 02/17/96 Tom Arnold / Tupac Shakur (looking for w/o/c)
  • 02/24/96 Elle Macpherson / Sting (looking for w/o/c)
  • 03/16/96 John Goodman / Everclear (looking for w/o/c)
  • 03/23/96 Phil Hartman / Gin Blossoms (looking for w/o/c)
  • 04/20/96 Teri Hatcher / Dave Matthews Band (looking for w/o/c)
  • 05/11/96 Christine Baranski (looking for w/o/c)


Season 22: 1996-97
upgrades welcome:

  • 09/28/96 Tom Hanks / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (looking for w/o/c)
  • 10/05/96 Lisa Kudrow / Sheryl Crow (looking for w/o/c)
  • 10/19/96 Bill Pullman / New Edition (looking for 1st gen w/o/c)
  • 10/26/96 Dana Carvey / Dr. Dre (looking for w/o/c)
  • 12/14/96 Rosie O'Donnell / Whitney Houston (looking for w/o/c)
  • 01/11/97 Kevin Spacey / Beck (looking for w/o/c)
  • 01/18/97 David Alan Grier / Snoop Doggy Dogg (looking for 1st gen w/o/c)
  • 02/08/97 Neve Campbell / David Bowie (looking for 1st gen w/o/c)
  • 02/15/97 Chevy Chase / Live (looking for 1st gen w/o/c)
  • 03/15/97 Sting / Veruca Salt (looking for w/o/c)
  • 03/22/97 Mike Myers / Aerosmith (looking for w/o/c)
  • 04/12/97 Rob Lowe / Spice Girls (looking for w/o/c)
  • 04/19/97 Pamela Lee / Rollins Band (looking for w/o/c)


Season 23: 1997-98
upgrades welcome:

  • 09/27/97 Sylvester Stallone / Jamiroquai (looking for w/o/c)
  • 10/04/97 Matthew Perry / Oasis (looking for w/o/c)
  • 10/18/97 Brendan Fraser / Bjork (looking for w/o/c)
  • 10/25/97 Chris Farley / Mighty Mighty Bosstones (looking for w/o/c)
  • 11/08/97 Jon Lovitz / Jane's Addiction (looking for w/o/c)
  • 11/15/97 Claire Danes / Mariah Carey (looking for NBC airing w/o/c)
  • 11/22/97 Mayor Rudolph Giuliani / Sarah McLachlan (looking for w/o/c)
  • 12/06/97 Nathan Lane / Metallica (looking for w/o/c)
  • 12/13/97 Helen Hunt / Hanson (looking for w/o/c)
  • 01/17/98 Sarah Michelle Gellar / Portishead (looking for w/o/c)
  • 02/07/98 John Goodman / Paula Cole (looking for w/o/c)
  • 02/14/98 Roma Downey / Missy Elliott (looking for w/o/c)
  • 02/28/98 Garth Brooks (looking for w/o/c)
  • 03/07/98 Scott Wolf / Natalie Imbruglia (looking for w/o/c)
  • 03/14/98 Julianne Moore / Backstreet Boys (looking for w/o/c)
  • 04/04/98 Steve Buscemi / Third Eye Blind (looking for w/o/c)
  • 04/11/98 Greg Kinnear / All Saints (looking for w/o/c)
  • 05/02/98 Matthew Broderick / Natalie Merchant (looking for w/o/c)


Season 24: 1998-99
upgrades welcome:

  • 03/20/99 Drew Barrymore / Garbage (looking for w/o/c)
  • 04/10/99 John Goodman / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (looking for w/o/c)
  • 05/08/99: Cuba Gooding Jr. / Ricky Martin (looking for w/o/c)
  • 05/15/99: Sarah Michelle Gellar / Backstreet Boys (looking for w/o/c)


Season 25: 1999-00 (note: hi-fi stereo recordings only from this point forward)
upgrades welcome

  • 11/06/99 Dylan McDermott / Foo Fighters (looking for NBC airing w/o/c)
  • 01/15/00 Freddie Prinze Jr. / Macy Gray (looking for NBC airing w/o/c)
  • 03/11/00 Joshua Jackson / N'Sync (looking for NBC airing w/o/c)
  • 04/15/00 Tobey Maguire / Sisqo (looking for NBC airing w/o/c)


Season 26: 2000-01
upgrades welcome

  • 11/11/00 Calista Flockhart / Ricky Martin (looking for w/o/c)

repeat versions of interest

  • 04/21/01 Tom Green / David Gray


Season 28: 2002-03
upgrades welcome

  • 01/26/03 Weekend Update Halftime Special (looking for w/o/c)

repeat versions of interest

  • 04/26/03 Queen Latifah / Ms. Dynamite


Season 32: 2006-07 (digital recordings only from this point forward)
upgrades welcome

  • 01/20/07 Jeremy Piven / AFI (looking for East Coast w/o/c)