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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, 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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Saturday Night Live - Season 2... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Seasons of Saturday Night Live
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The twenty-fifth season of Saturday Night Live premiered on September 25, 1999 and contains 20 episodes. Cast members for this season include: Jimmy Fallon, Colin Quinn and Chris Kattan.

This season welcomes several great hosts including: Jerry Seinfeld, Garth Brooks and Christopher Walken.

Memorable moments from Sesaon 25 include:

- Christopher Walken requesting "more cowbell".
- Jerry Seinfeld gets sent to "Oz".
- Trey Anastasio plays with Kid Rock.
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Saturday Night Live - Season 1... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seasons of Saturday Night Live
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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 3... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seasons of Saturday Night Live
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Saturday Night Live - Season 34


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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seasons of Saturday Night Live
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Saturday Night Live - Season 3


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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