Saturday Night Live

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Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live.svg
Also known as
  • NBC's Saturday Night (1975–77)
  • Saturday Night Live '80 (1980)
Genre Variety show
Created by Lorne Michaels
Directed by


Narrated by


Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 39
No. of episodes 755 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)


Location(s) NBC Studios, New York City
Running time 90 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s)


Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run October 11, 1975 – present
Other websites
Official website

Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a popular American television program. It has been broadcast on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975.[1] It is one of the longest-running television programs in American television.[2] It is broadcast from NBC studios in New York City. The name comes from the fact that the program is aired live on Saturday nights at 11:30 PM EST. This is a rarity in the age of filming and videotape. SNL is shown in re-runs in the summer and on cable TV. The program usually consists of the following:

Saturday Night Live was created and is executive-produced by Lorne Michaels and started in 1975 as NBC's Saturday Night. Many famous comic actors got their starts being cast members on the program. The show has led to several movies, books, DVDs, and has been the inspiration for a couple of other TV shows. It has been nominated for 183 Emmy Awards and won 42.[3]

"Live from New York, it's Saturday night!" is said near the beginning of every episode.

Actors on SNL[change | change source]

Many actors have come and gone in the history of Saturday Night Live. Here is a list of some of those actors and how long they lasted on the show.

Memorable Impressions[change | change source]

(Note to editors: This list is incomplete; feel free to add any additional memorable characters)

Memorable sketches[change | change source]

  • Weekend Update
  • The Californians
  • Celebrity Jeopardy
  • Wayne's World

Seasons and Cast Members[change | change source]

  • The cast members for season two were Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner.
  • The cast members for season three were Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner. The featured players were Tom Davis and Al Franken.
  • The cast members for season four were Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner. The featured players were Tom Davis and Al Franken.
  • The cast members for season nine were Jim Belushi, Robin Duke, Mary Gross, Brad Hall, Tim Kazurinsky, Gary Kroeger, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eddie Murphy, and Joe Piscopo.
  • The cast members for season thirteen were Dana Carvey, Nora Dunn, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, Jon Lovitz, Dennis Miller, and Kevin Nealon. The featured player was A. Whitney Brown.
  • The cast members for season fourteen were Dana Carvey, Nora Dunn, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, Jon Lovitz, Dennis Miller, and Kevin Nealon. The featured players were A. Whitney Brown, Al Franken, Mike Myers, and Ben Stiller.
  • The cast members for season fifteen were Dana Carvey, Nora Dunn, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, Jon Lovitz, Dennis Miller, Mike Myers, and Kevin Nealon. The featured players were A. Whitney Brown and Al Franken.
  • The cast members for season eighteen were Dana Carvey, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Kevin Nealon, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and Julia Sweeney. This season also starred Ellen Cleghorne, Melanie Hutsell, Tim Meadows, Adam Sandler, and David Spade. The featured players were Al Franken, and Robert Smigel.

References[change | change source]

  1. Encyclopedia of Television, ed. Horace Newcomb (New York; London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004), p. 2008
  2. Heritage Music and Entertainment Dallas Signature Auction Catalog #634 (Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006), p. 194
  3. "Saturday Night Live; NBC". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. http://www.emmys.com/shows/saturday-night-live. Retrieved 24 May 2016.

Other websites[change | change source]