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Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live (Season 32 Logo)
Premiere October 11, 1975
Finale
Airs Saturdays at 11:29PM
Creator Lorne Michaels
Network NBC
Style 90-minute sketch comedy
Company Broadway Video
SNL Studios
NBC Studios
(seasons ?–29)
NBC Universal Television Studio
(seasons 30–32)
Universal Media Studios
(seasons 33–36)
Universal Television
(seasons 37– )
Seasons 40
Episodes 767 + 40 specials (through season 39)
Status Currently airing season 40
Origin USA

Saturday Night Live is a live sketch comedy series broadcast on NBC. It debuted in 1975, making it one of the longest running entertainment programs aired on television. Though it debuted to lukewarm appeal, the series has become a cultural icon and has produced some of the most well known comedic actors in entertainment, including Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.

The series' format has remained more or less the same since its debut. After a cold opening (capped with the phrase "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"), the opening credits roll with voice over from announcer Don Pardo and the guest host for the week performs a monologue. Following the monologue, the guest host performs in a variety of sketches with the cast members which typically take on a form of social or political commentary. At several points in the show, the musical guest for the episode performs and Weekend Update gives a comedic take on the news. Occasionally, an episode will also include a prerecorded segment like a commercial parody, TV Funhouse, a short film or a Digital Short.

Saturday Night Live has been broadcast at 11:30PM on Saturdays for the entirety of its broadcast run. Episodes shortened aired on E! and Comedy Central.

Contents

Cast

  • See the cast listing for a full list of all players and the seasons they appeared in. Also see each individual season for cast members.

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One October 11, 1975 July 31, 1976 24
Season Two September 18, 1976 May 21, 1977 22
Season Three September 24, 1977 May 20, 1978 20
Season Four October 7, 1978 May 26, 1979 20
Season Five October 13, 1979 May 24, 1980 20
Season Six November 15, 1980 April 11, 1981 14
Season Seven October 3, 1981 May 22, 1982 20
Season Eight September 25, 1982 May 14, 1983 20
Season Nine October 8, 1983 May 12, 1984 19
Season Ten October 6, 1984 April 13, 1985 18
Season Eleven November 9, 1985 May 24, 1986 18
Season Twelve October 11, 1986 May 23, 1987 20
Season Thirteen October 17, 1987 February 27, 1988 13
Season Fourteen October 8, 1988 May 20, 1989 20
Season Fifteen September 30, 1989 May 19, 1990 20 + 1
Season Sixteen September 29, 1990 May 18, 1991 20
Season Seventeen September 28, 1991 May 16, 1992 20
Season Eighteen September 26, 1992 May 15, 1993 20
Season Nineteen September 25, 1993 May 14, 1994 20
Season Twenty September 24, 1994 May 13, 1995 20
Season Twenty-One September 30, 1995 May 18, 1996 20
Season Twenty-Two September 28, 1996 May 17, 1997 20
Season Twenty-Three September 27, 1997 May 9, 1998 20
Season Twenty-Four September 26, 1998 May 15, 1999 19
Season Twenty-Five October 2, 1999 May 20, 2000 20 + 1
Season Twenty-Six October 7, 2000 May 19, 2001 20 + 4
Season Twenty-Seven September 29, 2001 May 18, 2002 20 + 1
Season Twenty-Eight October 5, 2002 May 17, 2003 20 + 3
Season Twenty-Nine October 4, 2003 May 15, 2004 20 + 2
Season Thirty October 2, 2004 May 21, 2005 20 + 7
Season Thirty-One October 1, 2005 May 20, 2006 19 + 3
Season Thirty-Two September 30, 2006 May 19, 2007 20 + 2
Season Thirty-Three September 29, 2007 May 17, 2008 12 + 2
Season Thirty-Four September 13, 2008 May 16, 2009 22 + 7
Season Thirty-Five September 26, 2009 May 15, 2010 22 + 6
Season Thirty-Six September 25, 2010 May 21, 2011 22
Season Thirty-Seven September 24, 2011 May 19, 2012 22
Season Thirty-Eight September 15, 2012 May 18, 2013 21
Season Thirty-Nine September 28, 2013 May 17, 2014 22
Season Forty September 27, 2014

In-Depth

  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Cast Listing: A full listing of the cast (past and present) for Saturday Night Live.
  • History: An in-depth historic account of the series.
  • Recurring Sketches: A full listing of recurring characters and sketches.

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season December 5, 2006 8 purchase
The Complete Second Season December 4, 2007 8 purchase
The Complete Third Season May 13, 2008 7 purchase
The Complete Fourth Season December 2, 2008 7 purchase
The Complete Fifth Season December 1, 2009 7 purchase
Episode Collections
25 Years of Music August 12, 2003 5 purchase
25th Anniversary February 24, 2004 1 purchase
Bad Boys August 12, 2003 1 purchase
Christmas October 28, 2003 1 purchase
Halloween October 28, 2003 1 purchase
Individual Episodes
A Very Gilly Christmas October 12, 2010 1 purchase
Sketch Collections
The Best of Adam Sandler November 9, 1999 1 purchase
The Best of Mike Myers November 9, 1999 1 purchase
The Best of Dana Carvey February 15, 2000 1 purchase
The Best of Chris Rock February 29, 2000 1 purchase
The Best of Chris Farley April 25, 2000 1 purchase
The Best of Steve Martin April 25, 2000 1 purchase
The Best of Eddie Murphy August 12, 2003 1 purchase
The Best of Molly Shannon August 12, 2003 1 purchase
The Best of Will Ferrell August 12, 2003 1 purchase
The Best of Will Ferrell, Vol. 2 September 7, 2004 1 purchase
The Best of Phil Hartman February 24, 2004 1 purchase
The Best of Chris Kattan September 7, 2004 1 purchase
The Best of Tracy Morgan September 7, 2004 1 purchase
The Best of Christopher Walken September 7, 2004 1 purchase
The Best of Jimmy Fallon January 25, 2005 1 purchase
The Best of Jon Lovitz June 7, 2005 1 purchase
The Best of Tom Hanks June 7, 2005 1 purchase
The Best of Alec Baldwin January 24, 2006 1 purchase
The Best of David Spade January 24, 2006 1 purchase
The Best of Cheri O'Teri May 23, 2006 1 purchase
The Best of Commercial Parodies May 23, 2006 1 purchase
The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse October 24, 2006 1 purchase
Steve Martin, Vol. 2 March 6, 2007 1 purchase
Lost and Found: SNL in the '80s March 4, 2008 1 purchase
The Best of '06/'07 March 4, 2008 1 purchase
The Best of Amy Poehler October 20, 2009 1 purchase
The Best of Tracy Morgan
New Special Features
July 13, 2010 1 purchase
The Best of Will Ferrell
New Special Features
July 13, 2010 1 purchase
The Best of Will Ferrell, Volume 3 August 3, 2010 1 purchase
The Best of Adam Sandler
New Special Features
September 28, 2010 1
The Best of Eddie Murphy
New Special Features
September 28, 2010 1
Best of '09/'10 September 21, 2010 1 purchase

External Sites