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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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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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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Live from New York, it's Saturday Night! See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Macaulay Culkin was the first person born after the series debuted on October 11, 1975 to host an episode. He was born on August 26, 1980 and hosted Saturday Night Live: Macaulay Culkin/Tin Machine (1991). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jackie Rogers Jr.: This is the most effective memory enhancement drug on the market. It'll improve your short-term memory. It'll improve your long-term memory. And most of all, it'll improve your short-term memory.
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Alternate Versions

Episodes were cut into one hour "Best of Saturday Night Live" format for prime time viewing on NBC in the late 1970s. Edited 1-hour episodes from 1975-1980 were sold into syndication, and subsequently, 30 minute episodes sold into syndication and cable (Nick at Nite for a time). The 1980-present episodes were sold to Comedy Central, and then to E! See more »

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Referenced in Bob Roberts (1992) See more »

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Composed by Howard Shore
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Did the writers go on strike???
25 August 2006 | by faffadoneSee 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


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