Saturday Night Live

American late-night live television sketch comedy show

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
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Also known as
  • NBC's Saturday Night (1975–1977)
  • Saturday Night Live '80 (1980)
GenreVariety show
Created byLorne Michaels
Written bySee List of Saturday Night Live writers
Directed by
Other directors:
StarringSee List of Saturday Night Live cast members
Narrated by
Other narrators:
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons47
No. of episodes930 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Other producers:
Production location(s)Studio 8H, NBC Studios, New York City
Running time93 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s)
Other studios:
Original networkNBC
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV) (1975–2005)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (2005–present)
Audio formatMono (1975–1985)
Stereo (1985–1989)
Stereo Surround (1989–1994)
Dolby Surround (1994–1997)
Dolby Digital (1997–present)
Original releaseOctober 11, 1975 –
Related showsTV Funhouse
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday
Other websites
Official website

Saturday Night Live was created and 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 SNLEdit

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

Memorable ImpressionsEdit

Many cast members have impressions of celebrities on Saturday Night Live. Here is a list of some of those actors having impressions of celebrities.

Memorable sketchesEdit

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

Seasons and cast membersEdit


  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. Retrieved 24 May 2016.

Other websitesEdit