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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

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

Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as ...more

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

SNL Alumnus: Amy Poehler (2001-2008)

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

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

SNL Alumnus: Andy Samberg (2005-2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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

SNL Alumnus: Phil Hartman (1986-1994)

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Adult Swim, Cartoon Network

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

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Late Night with Seth Mey... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

SNL Alumnus: Seth Meyers (2001-2014)

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

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

SNL Alumnus: David Spade (1990-1996)

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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
FOX

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

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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
UPN, The CW Television Network

SNL Alumnus: Chris Rock (1990-1993)

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The New Adventures of Ol... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
CBS, Lifetime Television

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

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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

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

SNL Alumnus: Robert Smigel (1991-1993)

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Wet Hot American Summer:... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Netflix

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

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Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
CBS

SNL Alumnus: David Spade (1990-1996)

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Portlandia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
IFC

SNL Alumnus: Fred Armisen (2002-2013)

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Happy Endings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
American Broadcasting Company

SNL Alumnus: Casey Wilson (2008-2009)

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

SNL Alumnus: Damon Wayans (1985-1986)

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Community is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
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Documentary Now! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
IFC

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

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