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Saturday Night Live (1975– )

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The famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.


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Series cast summary:
 Himself - Announcer / ... (727 episodes, 1975-2014)
Lenny Pickett ...
 Himself - Bandleader / ... (416 episodes, 1985-2012)
 Various / ... (306 episodes, 1995-2015)


A late-night comedy show featuring several short skits, parodies of television commercials, a live guest band, and a pop-cultural guest host each week. Many of the SNL players have spun off successful independent comedy and/or movie careers from here. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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It's "NBC's Saturday Night"! (used until 19 March 1977) See more »


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Release Date:

11 October 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

NBC's Saturday Night  »

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The following performers are all alumni of the famed Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, California: Laraine Newman, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Cheri Oteri, Chris Parnell, Julia Sweeney, Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Siobhan Fallon Hogan. The following performers are all alumni of the famed Second City Theater in Chicago, Illinois: John Belushi and his younger brother James Belushi, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Danitra Vance, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tim Kazurinsky, Mary Gross, Tim Meadows, Chris Farley, David Koechner, Ana Gasteyer, Nancy Carell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Horatio Sanz. The following performers are all alumni of the famed Second City Theater in Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Dan Aykroyd, Peter Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers, Tony Rosato, Robin Duke, and Martin Short. Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney from the comedy troupe "The Kids In the Hall" both wrote and performed for the show after The Kids in the Hall (1988) TV show ended production. See more »


...almost everything. Live television is largely exempt from the usual rules of goofs. See more »


Tim Meadows: Did he say anything about people getting hurt?
Lorne Michaels: He said something after the ratings thing, but I really wasn't listening.
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Spoofed in Family Guy: The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire (2005) See more »


(closing theme song)
Composed by Howard Shore
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User Reviews

John Belushi and Chris Farley: comic saints
31 July 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

My parents started watching "Saturday Night Live" when it first debuted, stopped watching it in the '80s, and we all occasionally watch it nowadays. The best episodes were during the show's first five seasons. Whether it was Chevy Chase imitating Gerald Ford, John Belushi playing a samurai, Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin debating politics, Gilda Radner's Emily Litella or Roseanne Roseannadanna, or any one of Bill Murray's or Laraine Newman's or Garrett Morris' skits, they always came up with something great.

The episodes from 1990-1995 were also really great. Whether it was Chris Farley's motivational speaker (I LIVE IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!!!!!!!!!), Adam Sandler's Hannukah song, or Phil Hartman's Clinton impressions, they always came up with something great during those seasons.

Recently, Will Ferrell did some great skits, particularly his Bush impressions. I really liked that time when Jim Carrey hosted and tried to "save" Will Ferrell from drowning. But anyway, it's a great show. You should watch it whenever possible...assuming that it's not an '80s episode.

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