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

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Lorne Michaels
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Won 78 Primetime Emmys. Another 105 wins & 477 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
The Saturday Night Live Band The Saturday Night Live Band ...  Themselves 334 episodes, 1976-2021
Don Pardo ...  Self - Announcer / ... 705 episodes, 1975-2014
Darrell Hammond ...  Various / ... 416 episodes, 1995-2021
Lenny Pickett Lenny Pickett ...  Self - Bandleader / ... 62 episodes, 1985-2018
Kenan Thompson ...  Various / ... 364 episodes, 2003-2021
Seth Meyers ...  Weekend Update Anchor / ... 254 episodes, 2001-2018
Fred Armisen ...  Various / ... 221 episodes, 2002-2020
G.E. Smith ...  Self - Bandleader / ... 169 episodes, 1979-2000
Bobby Moynihan ...  Various / ... 193 episodes, 2008-2017
Kate McKinnon ...  Various / ... 190 episodes, 2012-2021
Tim Meadows ...  Various / ... 188 episodes, 1991-2005
Aidy Bryant ...  Various / ... 185 episodes, 2012-2021
Cecily Strong ...  Various / ... 185 episodes, 2012-2021
Jason Sudeikis ...  Various / ... 163 episodes, 2003-2020
Kevin Nealon ...  Various / ... 173 episodes, 1986-2001
Maya Rudolph ...  Various / ... 144 episodes, 2000-2021
Bill Hader ...  Various / ... 162 episodes, 2005-2020
Beck Bennett ...  Various / ... 164 episodes, 2013-2021
Kyle Mooney ...  Various / ... 164 episodes, 2013-2021
Tom Davis ...  Various / ... 24 episodes, 1975-2003
Horatio Sanz ...  Various / ... 156 episodes, 1998-2011
Colin Jost ...  Weekend Update Anchor / ... 151 episodes, 2006-2021
Will Forte ...  Various / ... 155 episodes, 2002-2016
Phil Hartman ...  Various / ... 156 episodes, 1985-2014
Tina Fey ...  Weekend Update Anchor / ... 127 episodes, 1997-2021
Amy Poehler ...  Various / ... 145 episodes, 2001-2020
Tracy Morgan ...  Various / ... 142 episodes, 1996-2019
Chris Kattan ...  Various / ... 145 episodes, 1996-2012
Chris Parnell ...  Various / ... 145 episodes, 1998-2012
Rachel Dratch ...  Various / ... 136 episodes, 1999-2021
Vanessa Bayer ...  Various / ... 149 episodes, 2010-2017
Al Franken ...  Various / ... 71 episodes, 1975-2004
Will Ferrell ...  Various / ... 143 episodes, 1995-2019
Kristen Wiig ...  Various / ... 139 episodes, 2005-2021
Andy Samberg ...  Various / ... 140 episodes, 2005-2018
Michael Che ...  Weekend Update Anchor / ... 143 episodes, 2014-2021
Pete Davidson ...  Various / ... 143 episodes, 2014-2021
Dana Carvey ...  Various / ... 131 episodes, 1986-2018
Jimmy Fallon ...  Various / ... 122 episodes, 1998-2020
Taran Killam ...  Various / ... 128 episodes, 2010-2016
Jay Pharoah ...  Various / ... 128 episodes, 2010-2016
Ana Gasteyer ...  Various / ... 119 episodes, 1996-2020
Molly Shannon ...  Various / ... 119 episodes, 1995-2020
David Spade ...  Various / ... 115 episodes, 1990-2010
Mike Myers ...  Various / ... 117 episodes, 1989-2015
Lorne Michaels ...  Self / ... 5 episodes, 1975-2019
Victoria Jackson ...  Various / ... 113 episodes, 1986-1992
Dennis Miller ...  Weekend Update Anchor / ... 111 episodes, 1985-1991
Garrett Morris ...  Various / ... 107 episodes, 1975-2004
Nasim Pedrad ...  Various / ... 108 episodes, 2009-2018
Robert Smigel ...  Various Voices / ... 80 episodes, 1985-2011
Jane Curtin ...  Various / ... 107 episodes, 1975-1980
Laraine Newman ...  Various / ... 107 episodes, 1975-1980
Gilda Radner ...  Various / ... 107 episodes, 1975-2014
Leslie Jones ...  Various / ... 103 episodes, 2014-2019
Mikey Day ...  Various / ... 101 episodes, 2014-2021
Jan Hooks ...  Various / ... 98 episodes, 1986-2014
Chris Farley ...  Various / ... 101 episodes, 1990-1997
Alex Moffat ...  Various / ... 101 episodes, 2016-2021
Jon Lovitz ...  Various / ... 92 episodes, 1985-2020
Melissa Villaseñor ...  Various / ... 101 episodes, 2016-2021
Cheri Oteri ...  Various / ... 99 episodes, 1995-2014
Dan Aykroyd ...  Various / ... 89 episodes, 1975-2013
Adam Sandler ...  Various / ... 91 episodes, 1990-2020
Norm MacDonald ...  Various / ... 94 episodes, 1993-2009
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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>

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

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Comedy | Music

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Trivia

The show has only had four directors in its history: Dave Wilson, Paul Miller, Beth McCarthy-Miller, and Don Roy King See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

["Weekend Update" closing line]
Colin Quinn: That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
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Alternate Versions

Singer Sinead O'Connor's controversial performance, where she rips apart a picture of Pope John Paul II, has not been seen since its original airing. In reruns and syndication, the dress rehearsal performance is aired, where O'Connor simply holds up a picture of a third-world child. See more »


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Composed by Howard Shore
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It sucks now! It's great again!
1 February 2002 | by culwinSee all my reviews

Every once in awhile I read reviews of SNL. Almost never do the reviews say "it was OK". Unless it is a review by a frequent viewer, they always say something like "SNL is great again!" or "SNL sucks now". Usually these reviews are from people who never or rarely watch the show, and only remember it from 5, 10, 15 or even 20 years ago. These types of reviews have been the same for as long as I can remember. The periods that people now call "classic" frequently met with poor reviews at the time.

One thing to remember is that the show is an hour and a half, longer than most any other TV show. It is hard to fill such a long show with consistently funny material. It is also hard to make every episode funny. Therefore the show (like most shows) wavers between great and awful, depending on the sketch or episode you are watching at the moment. To judge an entire series on one episode (or part of one) is a mischaracterization.

I've watched SNL for most of its life, and although it has ranged from hilarious to horrible, I would say the average show is "pretty funny". The bottom line: there's nothing better to watch on Saturday night, so until there is, I will always watch SNL!


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Language:

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Release Date:

11 October 1975 (USA) See more »

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SNL 25 See more »

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