Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live (or SNL for short) is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. Premiering on NBC on October 11, 1975 (under the name NBC's Saturday Night), the show has been extremely successful, having aired 45+ seasons and becoming a staple of prime time television.
Why it Rocks
- Hilarious sketches, parody commercials, and characters, including Weekend Updates, Wayne's World, What Up with That, Buckwheat, Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood (a parody of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), Coneheads, Celebrity Jeopardy, Mr. Bill, amongst several others. A few of them even got adapted into movies, such as The Blues Brothers.
- Competent hosts.
- Witty dialogue.
- Great musical performances.
- Funny and almost accurate impressions of celebrities and politicians, most famously Tina Fey's impersonation of Sarah Palin.
- Several cast members have gone on to have further successful careers.
- This includes Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Ana Gasteyer, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, Chris Kattan, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Amy Pohler, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig, Robert Smigel, Andy Samberg, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, and many more.
- While the series decline is always disputed, Seasons 6, 11, and 20 were rather abysmal, especially season 6.
- Some of the non-sketch segments can be questionable:
- Some musical performances are infamous, such as Ashlee Simpson being caught lip-syncing or singer Sinéad O' Connor ripping up a picture of Pope John Paul II, the former of which is often considered one of the worst live performance fails in music, Rage Against the Machine had the America flag upside down, the Replacements was caused to have drug overdose during rehearsal and FEAR causes chaos that made fans says that "New York sucks!" and destructs the set with the fans which caused $200,000 worth a damage to the studio.
- Some of the hosts can be so bad they ruin the whole show, such as Steven Seagal, whose stint was so bad that it got him banned from the show for life.
- Some sketches can be too tasteless, corny, and unfunny for some and they often don't age very well.