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Saturday Night Live 

TV-14 | | Comedy, Music | TV Series (1975– )
A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

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Won 58 Primetime Emmys. Another 62 wins & 326 nominations. See more awards »
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 Himself - Announcer / ... (727 episodes, 1975-2014)
Lenny Pickett ...
 Himself - Bandleader / ... (416 episodes, 1985-2012)
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 Various / ... (336 episodes, 1995-2017)
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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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It's "NBC's Saturday Night"! (used until 19 March 1977) See more »

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Comedy | Music

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11 October 1975 (USA)  »

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NBC's Saturday Night  »

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Lorne Michaels left the show after the fifth season, as did the remaining cast members. For the 1980-1981 season, the show was revamped, with a new cast and new Producer Jean Doumanian. The sixth season was so disastrous, that NBC President Fred Silverman called in Programming Executive Dick Ebersol (one of the creative masterminds of the original show) to save the show. Ebersol fired Doumanian and the rest of the cast, except Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo. He hired a new cast, and the show eventually regained its ratings, mainly due to Murphy's popularity. When Michaels returned in the 1985-1986 season, he wanted his own cast, so the remaining members were fired. This season was low-rated, putting the show on the brink of cancellation. But Michaels convinced Executive Brandon Tartikoff that he could revive the show with a better cast. The show regained popularity, and Michaels has stayed with the show ever since. He later claimed that leaving the show was the biggest mistake of his life. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

["Weekend Update" opening]
Norm MacDonald: Good evening, this is the fake news.
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Connections

Edited into Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

(closing theme song)
Composed by Howard Shore
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Your TV's on and off relationship!
13 July 2002 | by (Your Critic of Critics) – See all my reviews

I like to describe this show like a on and off relationship because one year this show is funny and the next it sucks and it's like that year after year. Still it always manages to make you laugh and it has been the breakthrough show for some of the greatest comedians of all-time.


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