Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Music

Next Episode
Saturday, April 4
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 29,249 users  
Reviews: 186 user | 46 critic

The classic late night live sketch comedy show.

Creator:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: April

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 08 Feb 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 07 Aug 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 24 Apr 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Saturday Night Live (1975– )

Saturday Night Live (1975– ) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Saturday Night Live.

User Polls

Episodes

Next Episode



Previous Episode


Saturday, March 7
S40.E15 Chris Hemsworth/Zac Brown Band
7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Seasons


Years



40   39   38   37   36   35   34   33   32   … See all »
2015   2014   2013   2012   2011   2010   … See all »
Won 45 Primetime Emmys. Another 30 wins & 224 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Former members of Saturday Night Live come together to remember the past 40 years of Saturday Night Live.

Director: Don Roy King
Stars: Fred Armisen, Dan Aykroyd, Alec Baldwin
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Jimmy Fallon hosts the tonight show and interviews celebrities, plays games with them and has a musical or comedic guest perform.

Stars: Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series 2009)
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Comedian Jimmy Fallon hosts a late-night talk show.

Stars: Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins
Conan (TV Series 2010)
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Conan O'Brien and his co-host Andy Richter discuss current news topics and interview celebrities and personalities.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Conan O'Brien, a Harvard Lampoon alumnus, hosts this late-night comedy/talk-show which is often silly and whimsical.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series 2003)
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Jimmy Kimmel interviews celebrities.

Stars: Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Directors: Andy Aaron, Andy Breckman, and 11 more credits »
Stars: Fred Armisen, Alec Baldwin, Charles Barkley
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Announcer / ... (727 episodes, 1975-2014)
Lenny Pickett ...
 Himself - Bandleader / ... (416 episodes, 1985-2012)
...
 Various / ... (297 episodes, 1995-2015)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

And now, from New York, the most dangerous city in America, it's Saturday Night Live. (seventh season) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 October 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

NBC's Saturday Night  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

There have been only 8 SNL regulars who received Oscar nominations. Joan Cusack, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Downey Jr., Bill Murray, Michael McKean, and Eddie Murphy were nominated for Oscars after they were SNL regulars. Randy Quaid received an Oscar nomination before becoming an SNL regular. Kristen Wiig was nominated during her tenure as a regular. McKean was nominated for Best Original Song, Wiig for Best Original Screenplay and the rest were nominated in the acting categories. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[on the new TV ratings system affecting SNL]
Lorne Michaels: There was a time where I would have condemned this ratings system as censorship. But I have children. Two adorable boys. And frankly, I don't want them watching this crap.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Entourage: The Big Bang (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

(closing theme song)
Composed by Howard Shore
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Did the writers go on strike???
25 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What was unique about "NBC's Saturday Night", in 1975, was that it brought back the ninety minute variety format-except for that now it was late night TV. "Your Show of Shows"(1950-54) was the previous comedy-variety 90 minute show. There were other regular 90 minute programs over the years, as well: boxing events in TV's earliest years, and later, late night TV("Tonight", which would eventually become "The Tonight Show"), a dramatic anthology("Playhouse 90"), cultural fare("Omnibus"), westerns("The Virginian", "Cimarron Strip"), an adventure series("Name of the Game"), other sporting events, & a rotating detective 'movie'(NBC's Sunday Mystery Movie), all running 90 minutes. However, "NBC's Saturday Night" was, really, the heir to the Sid Caesar throne, so to speak. Since 1954, there hadn't been another comedy-variety show of such length.

Also, since the early days of live comedy and theater drama, there hadn't been a live television staple, pretty much since the early sixties. That all changed in October 1975. The writing was a bit biting: besides the standard continuing comedy sketches, there was political satire, too-often seen on the 'Weekend Update' news sketch, which was handled by regular Chevy Chase, and was reminiscent to earlier shows like "That Was the Week That Was" and "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour". There was a musical guest, sometimes a talent act, and a short film(comic filmmaker Albert Brooks started out here, and later, the 'Mr.Bill' shorts were a standard). To give an idea of the multitude of variety format, on the second broadcast, the guest host was singer Paul Simon, Albert Brooks offered one of his film shorts, the musical guests for the evening were Randy Newman and Phoebe Snow-with a special surprise by Simon and Art Garfunkel, and a sketch with Jim Henson's Muppets(Henson was trying to break out from under the weight of the kiddie programs "Sesame Street" and several 'family' specials). In that day, the regulars were tagged 'The Not-Ready-for-Primetime Players', and included Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and Chase(who were all, eventually, part of the writing staff, as well). The show was definitely unique, a breath of fresh air in the midst of a pop-culture takeover(similar in what was happening to cinema, as well, @ the time).

Over the years, the show has gotten thru some tough times, but has never really seemed as challenging as in those early days. Perhaps this is the norm when something so unique and new becomes the common, but, it seems, that once the originals went their own ways, after having broken thru certain cultural taboos, their followers just seemed to be more set on breaking through the language(four letter words) & innuendo barriers. True, the writing was never perfect, and could be quite silly, in fact, even in those earliest days. However, much of it was satire handled like nothing else on TV at that time. It was often quite innovative and challenging. There have been times, actually, where the writing has gone beyond the late night standard(as in the late 80s-Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz era-and, recently, with Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Parnell, Daryl Hammond, and Horatio Sanz), but, overall, it was more focused on the likes of adult diaper sketches and, like most TV-lots of sex. Now, the show has really never been short of good comics, but when it comes to the actual comedy, it's often been sub par. It's good to see that there actually are some brains behind the show, again, though. Except after so many years, does it really matter anymore? I mean, is it really the same cutting edge broadcast it was so many years ago, now with a vast budget and few surprises? The writing may be better, again, but where's the creativity gone? Ironically, with all the evidence available, maybe 'The Not-Ready-for-Primetime Players' were more ready than ever. -Concerned viewer


17 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Never heard of George Ezra and now I know why SylvstrCt
Thoughts on the Milton Berle episode? Mad_Monster_Party
Its become MADtv DrVadgers
Pick 3 Cast Members who should leave at the end of the season cyclerrollie
Could Michael O'Donoghue Survive at SNL Today? anthony-nasti
Michael Che vomitqueen
Discuss Saturday Night Live (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?