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The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni 

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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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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

Actors: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 180

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

SNL Alumnus: Julia Louis-Dreyfus  (1982-1985)

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

Actors: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 28

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Comedy-drama, + more

SNL Alumnus: Amy Poehler (2001-2008)

Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more

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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

Actors: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 138

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

SNL Alumni: Tina Fey (2000-2006), Tracy Morgan (1996-2003), Chris Parnell (1998-2001, 2002-2006)

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
FOX

Actors: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, + more

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Sitcom

SNL Alumnus: Andy Samberg (2005-2012)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, NBC 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in ...more

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
HBO

Actors: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 65

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

SNL Alumnus: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (1982-1985)

Veep is an HBO television comedy series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, set in the office of Selina Meyer, a fictional Vice President, and subsequent President, of the United States. The series ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
AMC

Actors: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, + more

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

SNL Alumni: Bob Odenkirk (1987-1995), Michael McKean (1994-1995)

Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of lawyer, Jimmy ...more

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The Tonight Show Starrin... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

Actors: Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 1

SNL Alumnus: Jimmy Fallon 

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NewsRadio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

Actors: Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 97

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

SNL Alumnus: Phil Hartman (1986-1994)

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Late Night with Seth Mey... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 1

SNL Alumnus: Seth Meyers (2001-2014)

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Adult Swim, Cartoon Network

Actors: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke, Dan Harmon

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 3

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Sci-fi, Comedy, Adventure

SNL Alumnus: Chris Parnell (1998-2001, 2002-2006)

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
FXX

Actors: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Aisha Tyler, + more

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 23

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Action, Comedy

SNL Alumnus: Chris Parnell (1998-2001, 2002-2006) 

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Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

Actors: Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, George Segal

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 148

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

SNL Alumnus: David Spade (1990-1996)

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The New Adventures of Ol... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
CBS, Lifetime Television

Actors: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Clark Gregg, Hamish Linklater

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 88

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

SNL Alumnus: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (1982-1985)

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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
FOX

Actors: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 127

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Variety show, Sketch, Comedy

SNL Alumni: Damon Wayans (1985-1986), Chris Rock (1990-1993)

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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
UPN, The CW Television Network

Actors: Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

SNL Alumnus: Chris Rock (1990-1993)

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
FOX

Actors: Will Forte, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman

Premiered: 2015

SNL Alumni: Will Forte (2002-2010), Jason Sudeikis (2005-2013)

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Conan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
TBS

Actors: Conan O'Brien, Ginnifer Goodwin, Andy Richter

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Genres (Tv): Talk show, Variety show, Comedy

SNL Alumnus: Robert Smigel (1991-1993)

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Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
CBS

Actors: Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 100

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

SNL Alumnus: David Spade (1990-1996)

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Wet Hot American Summer:... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Netflix

Actors: Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy

SNL Alumni: Janeane Garofalo (1994-1995), Amy Poehler (2001-2008), Michaela Watkins (2008-2009), Kristin Wiig (2005-2012)

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20
Happy Endings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
American Broadcasting Company

Actors: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

SNL Alumnus: Casey Wilson (2008-2009)

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21
Portlandia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
IFC

Actors: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 27

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Satire, Comedy

SNL Alumnus: Fred Armisen (2002-2013)

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Suburgatory is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
ABC

Actors: Jeremy Sisto, Jane Levy, Carly Chaikin

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

SNL Alumni: Ana Gasteyer (1996-2002), Chris Parnell (1998-2001, 2002-2006)

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23
Community is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Comedy Central, NBC

Actors: Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 84

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
ABC

Actors: Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 122

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

SNL Alumnus: Damon Wayans (1985-1986)

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Documentary Now! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
IFC

Actors: Fred Armisen, Helen Mirren, Bill Hader

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Satire

SNL Alumni: Bill Hader (2005-2013), Fred Armisen (2002-2013)

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