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The late-night sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live was created by Lorne Michaels and has been on the air since 1975. Each episode has a celebrity host and musical guest, who often take in the improvised skits that parody contemporary culture and politics. 

Since its premiere, SNL has featured some of the biggest names in comedy including Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, John Belushi, Chris Rock, and Tina Fey. The show has won over 70 Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. Originally narrated by Don Pardo, the voice of SNL is now alum Darrell Hammond. 

Network: NBC

First Episode Date: October 11, 1975

Cast Members With Most Seasons:

  • Kenan Thompson (17 Seasons)
  • Darrell Hammond (14 Seasons)
  • Seth Meyers (13 Seasons)
  • Al Franken (12 Seasons)
  • Fred Armisen (11 Seasons)
  • Tim Meadows (10 Seasons)
  • Maya Rudolph (9 Seasons)
  • Kevin Nealon (9 Seasons)
  • Bobby Moynihan (9 Seasons)
  • Kate McKinnon (9 Seasons)

Where to Watch: Peacock, Hulu

Latest Saturday Night Live News and Updates

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    Entertainment

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    By Gabrielle Bernardini
  • Kate McKinnon
    Television

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    By Kelly Corbett
  • 'SNL' Season 47 Finale
    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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  • The cast and host of 'SNL' wearing "1973" shirts
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  • Kim Kardashian
    Reality TV

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    By Michelle Stein
  • Michael Che
    Television

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  • mikey day
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  • cecily strong
    Celebrity Relationships

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  • John Mulaney SNL
    Television

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  • Chris Kattan
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    By Stephanie Harper
  • 'SNL Christmas' Logo
    Television

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  • Lorne Michaels
    Television

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  • 'SNL' Thanksgiving Logo
    Entertainment

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  • John Mulaney and Olivia Munn
    Celebrity Relationships

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  • Aristotle Athari marriage
    Celebrity Relationships

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  • Kenan Thompson
    Entertainment

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  • Please Don't Destroy
    Entertainment

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  • James Austin Johnson as President Joe Biden
    Entertainment

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  • SNL Halloween
    Television

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  • Lauren Holt, Beck Bennett and Mikey Day SNL
    Television

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    By Jennifer Tisdale
  • 'SNL' cast
    Entertainment

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  • Jim Breuer
    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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  • Kermit the Frog
    Entertainment

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  • Miley Cyrus singing on 'SNL'
    Entertainment

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  • Elon Musk on 'Saturday Night Live'
    News

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    Entertainment

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  • Elon Musk
    Entertainment

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  • Elon Musk
    Entertainment

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  • Marcus Mumford
    Entertainment

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  • Kid Cudi in dress on 'SNL'
    Entertainment

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  • Kurt Cobain wearing a dress
    Entertainment

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  • Anne Beatts, an 'SNL' writer
    Entertainment

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  • SNL 'Boomers Got the Vax'
    Entertainment

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  • Maya Rudolph and her husband, Paul Thomas Anderson
    Entertainment

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  • Leslie Jones
    Entertainment

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  • Nick Jonas
    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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  • Michael Che
    Entertainment

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  • Bowen Yang
    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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