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List Rules TV shows that star a former Saturday Night Live cast member only. Vote up the overall best shows.

There might just be a machine in Lorne Michaels’s mansion basement that churns out shows starring Saturday Night Live cast members. With over four decades on the air and tons of talent passing through the cast, there’s certainly a lot of material to mine - all comedies, natch, but diverse in scope, from political Veep (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to quirky Portlandia (Fred Armisen) to irreverent 30 Rock (Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Chris Parnell). Once SNL cast members become alumni, they are usually best known for their current roles, not their glory days on the show. Soon audiences forget that TV shows starring SNL alums are everywhere. 

The talk show circuit has certainly benefited from vacating SNL cast. From Jimmy Fallon to Seth Meyers, some of the best SNL cast member TV shows are holding it down in late night. Other former cast mates have teamed up – consider Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis, who have put some fine comedy on the small screen with The Last Man on Earth. Fred Armisen and Bill Hader created the acclaimed mockumentary series Documentary Now! And a number of SNL alum lend their voices to The Awesomes

These TV series starring former SNL cast members crosses many genres and formats: some are animated comedies, some are talk shows, and some are only available through premium channels. But it's up to you to decide the very best of the best. Which TV shows with Saturday Night Live cast members rule? Vote up your favorites. 
 

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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
30 Rock NBC - SNL Alumni: Tina Fey (2000-2006), Tracy Morgan (1996-2003), Chris Parnell (1998-2001, 2002-2006)

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Parks and Recreation NBC - SNL Alumnus: Amy Poehler (2001-2008)

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Seinfeld NBC - SNL Alumnus: Julia Louis-Dreyfus  (1982-1985)

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Veep HBO - SNL Alumnus: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (1982-1985)

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Brooklyn Nine-Nine FOX - SNL Alumnus: Andy Samberg (2005-2012)

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Better Call Saul AMC - SNL Alumni: Bob Odenkirk (1987-1995), Michael McKean (1994-1995)

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Conan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Conan TBS - SNL Alumnus: Robert Smigel (1991-1993)

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NewsRadio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NewsRadio NBC - SNL Alumnus: Phil Hartman (1986-1994)

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimm... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon NBC - SNL Alumnus: Jimmy Fallon 

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Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Last Man on Earth FOX - SNL Alumni: Will Forte (2002-2010), Jason Sudeikis (2005-2013)

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Archer FX - SNL Alumnus: Chris Parnell (1998-2001, 2002-2006) 

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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
In Living Color FOX - SNL Alumni: Damon Wayans (1985-1986), Chris Rock (1990-1993)

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Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Just Shoot Me! NBC - SNL Alumnus: David Spade (1990-1996)

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Portlandia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Portlandia IFC - SNL Alumnus: Fred Armisen (2002-2013)

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Wet Hot American Summer: First... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Netflix - SNL Alumni: Janeane Garofalo (1994-1995), Amy Poehler (2001-2008), Michaela Watkins (2008-2009), Kristin Wiig (2005-2012)

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Documentary Now! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Documentary Now! IFC - SNL Alumni: Bill Hader (2005-2013), Fred Armisen (2002-2013)

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Late Night with Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Late Night with Seth Meyers NBC - SNL Alumnus: Seth Meyers (2001-2014)

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The Critic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
The Critic Fox Broadcasting Company, American Broadcasting Company - SNL Alumnus: Jon Lovitz (1985-1990)

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Happy Endings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Happy Endings American Broadcasting Company - SNL Alumnus: Casey Wilson (2008-2009)

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Rick and Morty Adult Swim, Cartoon Network - SNL Alumnus: Chris Parnell (1998-2001, 2002-2006)

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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Everybody Hates Chris UPN, The CW Television Network - SNL Alumnus: Chris Rock (1990-1993)

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Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Rules of Engagement CBS - SNL Alumnus: David Spade (1990-1996)

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The Sarah Silverman Program is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
The Sarah Silverman Program Comedy Central - SNL Alumnus: Sarah Silverman (1993-1994)

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The New Adventures of Old Chri... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
The New Adventures of Old Christine CBS, Lifetime Television - SNL Alumnus: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (1982-1985)

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The Ben Stiller Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
The Ben Stiller Show Fox Broadcasting Company - SNL Alumni: Ben Stiller (1989), Janeane Garofalo (1994-1995)

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Suburgatory is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Suburgatory ABC - SNL Alumni: Ana Gasteyer (1996-2002), Chris Parnell (1998-2001, 2002-2006)

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My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
My Wife and Kids ABC - SNL Alumnus: Damon Wayans (1985-1986)

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Norm is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Norm ABC - SNL Alumnus: Norm Macdonald (1993-1998)

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Casual is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Casual Hulu - SNL Alumnus: Michaela Watkins (2008-2009)

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The PJs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
The PJs Adult Swim, The WB Television Network, Fox Broadcasting Company - SNL Alumnus: Eddie Murphy (1980-1984)

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According to Jim is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
According to Jim ABC - SNL Alumnus: Jim Belushi (1983-1985)

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The Martin Short Show (1994) is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
The Martin Short Show NBC - SNL Alumnus: Martin Short (1984-1985)

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Maya & Marty is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Maya & Marty NBC - SNL Alumni: Maya Rudolph (2000-2007), Martin Short (1984-1985)

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Dennis Miller Live is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Dennis Miller Live HBO - SNL Alumnus: Dennis Miller (1985-1991)

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Primetime Glick is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Primetime Glick Comedy Central - SNL Alumnus: Martin Short (1984-1985)

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The Mighty B! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
The Mighty B! Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Teletoon - SNL Alumnus: Amy Poehler (2001-2008) 

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The Spoils of Babylon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
The Spoils of Babylon SNL Alumnus: Will Ferrell (1995-2002)

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Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Dead Zone CBS - SNL Alumnus: Anthony Michael Hall (1985-1986)

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Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn Comedy Central - SNL Alumnus: Colin Quinn (1995-2000)

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Watching Ellie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Watching Ellie NBC - SNL Alumnus: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (1982-1985) 

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The Spoils Before Dying is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
The Spoils Before Dying IFC - SNL Alumnus: Will Ferrell (1995-2002)

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Son of Zorn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Son of Zorn FOX - SNL Alumni: Jason Sudeikis (2005-2013), Tim Meadows (1991-2000)

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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! CITV, PBS Kids, Treehouse TV - SNL Alumnus: Martin Short (1984-1985)

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White Famous is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
White Famous Showtime - SNL Alumnus: Jay Pharaoh (2010-2016)

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The Awesomes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
The Awesomes Hulu - SNL Alumnus: Seth Meyers (2001-2014)

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Gary Unmarried is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Gary Unmarried CBS - SNL Alumnus: Jay Mohr (1993-1995)