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The Best Seasons Of 'Saturday Night Live'

Updated May 21, 2020 5.2k votes 781 voters 62.1k views44 items

List of the best seasons of Saturday Night Live, listed from best to worst with pictures of DVD covers when available. Hardcore fans of the series often argue over what the greatest season of Saturday Night Live is, which is exactly why this ranked list was created. SNL fans will also enjoy celebrities rejected by Saturday Night Live and best SNL cast members who were fired after one season. This list of the best Saturday Night Live seasons has been voted on by Saturday Night Live fans from around the world, so the order of the seasons isn't just one person's opinion.

Each season of Saturday Night Live has at least one memorable episode - and at least one annual sketch that became an all-timer - so it isn't necessarily easy to figure out what the top season is. Is your favorite season of Saturday Night Live not as high as it should be? Be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top. If you want to answer the questions, "What is the best season of Saturday Night Live?" and "Which season of Saturday Night Live is the best?" then this list will have you covered.

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  • The sixteenth season of Saturday Night Live premiered on Sept. 29, 1990 and contains 20 episodes. Cast members for this season include: Mike Myers, Chris Farley and Chris Rock.

    This season welcomed several great hosts including: Patrick Swayze, Tom Hanks and Alec Baldwin.

    Memorable moments from Season 16 include:

    - Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze fight to become Chippendales' dancers.
    - Paul Simon, Steve Martin, and Elliott Gould welcome Tom Hanks to the five-timers club.
    - Adam Sandler makes his first appearance.
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    Saturday Night Live - Season 32

    Saturday Night Live - Season 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seasons Of 'Saturday Night Live'
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    The thirty-second season of Saturday Night Live premiered on September 20, 2006 and contains 20 episodes. Cast members for this season include: Kristen Wiig, Kenan Thompson and Amy Poehler.

    This season welcomed several great hosts including: John C. Reilly, Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning.

    Memorable moments from Season 32 include;

    - Justin Timberlake and Andy Samburg team-up for "D**k in a Box".
    - Will Forte debuts MacGruber.
    - Sacha Baron Cohen appears as Borat.
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    Saturday Night Live - Season 34

    Saturday Night Live - Season 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seasons Of 'Saturday Night Live'
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    The thirty-fourth season of Saturday Night Live premiered on September 13 2008 and contains 22 episodes. Cast members for this season include: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan.

    This season welcomed several great hosts including: James Franco, Jon Hamm and Neil Patrick Harris.

    Memorable moments from Season 34 include:

    - Tina Fey appears as Sarah Palin.
    - Andy Samberg plays Mark Wahlberg talking to goats.
    - Bill Hader debuts Stefan.
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    Saturday Night Live - Season 3

    Saturday Night Live - Season 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seasons Of 'Saturday Night Live'
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    The third season of Saturday Night Live premiered on September 24, 1977 and contains 20 episodes. Cast members for this season include: Gilda Radner, John Belushi and Lorraine Newman.

    This season welcomed several great hosts including: Ray Charles, Michael Palin and Richard Dreyfuss.

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    - Steve Martin performs "King Tut".
    - Nick the Lounge singer sings "Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars...".
    - Richard Dreyfuss is attacked by the Land Shark.
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