Saturday Night Live
Debut: January 01, 1975
Debut: January 01, 1975

NBC's legendary late night comedy show that has gone on making sketches and spoofs for over 40 years now. Every show a guest host and musical guests along to go with the "Not ready for prime time players", and the warm up band which has featured the likes of G. E. Smith and legendary saxophonist Lenny Picket. The show was created by Lorne Michaels and produced many popular characters and regular skits including the Coneheads, The Blues Brothers, Church Lady, Wayne's World, Weekend Update, Deep Thoughts, The Roxbury Guys, and Saturday TV Funhouse (with the Ambiguously Gay Duo). It also featured spoofs of popular culture and politics, with many caricature of both political candidates and presidents popping up throughout the years. Because of the live format, the show has had its share of controversies, from Charles Rocket dropping the F bomb on live TV (and then host Kristen Stewart letting it slip as well 35 so years later) to the infamous act of Sinéad O'Connor ripping up a picture of the Pope in protest. Though Lorne Michaels has steered the ship well in his time, it's not completely unheard of that something unexpected happens, for better or for worse. Many careers have been launched thanks to the success of the show including Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Adam Sandler, Dennis Miller, Kristen Wiig, David Spade, Will Ferrell, Andy Samberg, and many more. Sidenote: John Belushi, Chris Farley, Gilda Radner, and (longtime SNL announcer) Don Pardo are and always will be missed. Interesting Note: SNL debuted in 1975 on NBC. It was the absolute only new show that debuted during that season for NBC that was renewed for a second season by the network.

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Various Cast: "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"
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Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, and Laraine Newman: "I wish that you were falling..."
Laraine Newman: "Falling for me."
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Brenda Clark (Victoria Jackson): "Toonces, look out!"
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Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken): "I gotta have more cowbell!"
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Kevin Nealon's Weekend Update closer: ""I'm Kevin Nealon, and that's news to me.""
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Steve Martin: ""Well, excuuuuuuuuse me!""
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Debbie Downer (Rachel Dratch): "It's official, I can't have any children."
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Gumby (Eddie Murphy): ""I'm Gumby, dammit.""
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Mary Katherine Galagher (Molly Shannon): "Superstar!"
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Matt Foley (Chris Farley): "Well, la-di-fricken-da!"
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Fernando Lamas (Billy Crystal): "You look mahvelous!"
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Brian Fellow (Tracy Morgan): "I'm Brian Fellow!"
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Emily Litela (Gilda Radner): "Nevermind."
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Tommy Flanagan (Jon Lovitz): "Yeah, that's the ticket!"
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Frankenstein (Phil Hartman): "Fire bad!"
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Norm MacDonald's Weekend Update closer: ""And that is the way it is, goodnight!""
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Gilly (Kristen Wiig): ""Sorry.""
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Chevy Chase's Weekend Update Closer: ""Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow"."
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Dennis Miller's Weekend Update closer: ""That's the news and I am outta here!""
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Colin Quinn's Weekend Update Closer: ""That's my story and I'm sticking to it!""
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2 years, 3 months ago
Debbie Downer.
    3 years, 6 months ago
    I love this show! Back in the 90s, Comedy Central used to re-run the old 70s episodes, and my neighbor would tape them and show it to me. My favorite cast members were Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, and Laraine Newman, with Chevy Chase as a close second! I loved all the songs they sang in the first five seasons. The 80s seasons were cool, too! "Come out! Come out! America's turning gay!"
      8 years, 6 months ago
      This is the greatest sketch-comedy show in TV history, and I'm proud to say that I'm a fan of it. For that, I respect SNL and all of it's glory for real.
        10 years, 7 months ago
        I only wish that seasons 6 through 10 could be accorded the same respect that the Lorne Michaels seasons have. I'll gladly take sketches like "Magic Fish Negotiations" and the "Fernando's Hideaway" skits over anything done by Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, or even (this will be odd saying this since I celebrated him in several of my early articles) Phil Hartman.
          7 years, 11 months ago
          I know.
            10 years, 9 months ago
            Never seen it, but it's apparently where Soylent Green came from; it's made from people!
              11 years ago
              *sigh*......we'll miss Chris Farely. he was the comedian i looked up to, and i STILL do.
                11 years, 1 month ago
                A lot of kids weren't allowed to watch this, but I did. Rarely could I stay awake for an entire episode, though. Any of the content that was objectional viewing for kids never had any negative effect on me (as far as I know), since I was too young to understand the stuff.
                  11 years, 2 months ago
                  I got the first 5 seasons on DVD, well worth purchasing, the musical guests alone are worth the price of the DVD's
                    8 years, 6 months ago
                    That's the solution.
                      11 years, 11 months ago
                      SNL from the 70's was pure shock, and was just raw, and unexpected. Had it's ups and down in the 80's and 90's, but the cast with Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Phil Hartman, Chris Rock, etc. cannot be beat! The LAST of the GREAT SNL casts were in the late 90's with Wil Farrell. It's just NOT funny anymore. I barely even crack a smile with the latest cast.
                        12 years, 1 month ago
                        I loved Eddie Murphy's Mr.Robinson,and when he had the doll of Brooke Shields,and Mr.T,And in Mr.T's voice Gimme kiss,woman.
                          12 years, 4 months ago
                          What are you talking about, Midnight Rider? "SNL" tanked in the ratings for about the first 10-15 years it was on the air. It wasn't until around 1989-1990 when the likes of Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Tracy Morgan and so on came along that the show actually took off and began to improve dramatically in the "Nielsen" Ratings.
                            12 years, 5 months ago
                            The early days were much, much better than the crap they pass off today.
                              12 years, 9 months ago
                              I still love the show. It seems to be growing with my comedy tastes, which is always awesome xD
                                13 years ago
                                Will Ferrell is the god of snl the is no 1 better n the was no 1 better the only person on the show no who is any were near Will Ferrell is Andy Samberg and thats a fact
                                  13 years, 9 months ago
                                  I think the show sucked after tina fey left.
                                    13 years, 11 months ago
                                    The classics were Rosanne Rosanna Danna, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Andy Kaufman doing Elvis and anytime Steve Martin was on there. This show is the first one where I ever heard the word B*tch said on live tv.
                                      14 years, 1 month ago
                                      I used to a super huge fan of the show... then Molly Shannon left, but I do enjoy watching the older episodes.
                                        15 years, 1 month ago
                                        I think if any of them were to get it, I think Lori Beth should. She's hysterical in other movies. But I also think it'd kind of be unfair because they all have big backgrounds =x
                                          15 years, 3 months ago
                                          I hope that some of the other cast members who started out on Nickelodeon's "All That" will join Kenan Thompson on SNL sometime soon. Like Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg, Amanda Bynes, or whomever else was part of the first and original cast of 'All That.'
                                            15 years, 3 months ago
                                            I think that SNL has always been good,from the 70's-to present.I really like presant SNL because I realy Like Tina Fey,Amy Poheler,and Kenan Tompson.My favorite skit is Weekend Update
                                              15 years, 3 months ago
                                              The what is love skit done by Will Farrel and the Jeopardy skit done by Will Farrel playing the role of Alex Trebeck are my favorate Saturday Night Live skits.
                                                15 years, 5 months ago
                                                SNL has definatly gone down hill in the past twenty years.
                                                  15 years, 5 months ago
                                                  the early to mid 90's SNL was by far its most popular run overall. Not dismissing Ackroyd or Mr. Nurray. Spade, Farley, Sandler, Walkin, Farrell, O'Terri, Macdonald, Hammond, and so many others got their start here. Well cept Walkin, but he was a hilarious guest. Today is more or less crap. The Ashley Simpson incident is the most guff the show got in years.....
                                                    15 years, 6 months ago
                                                    SNL in the 80s was tops--it's not nearly as good now as it was then, but I'm a loyal fan, so I'll stand beside it.

                                                    Allison :-)
                                                      15 years, 11 months ago
                                                      I'm sorry, but SNL sucks. I thought it was bad in the 90s, but today's actors clearly turned it to crap.
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