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

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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
FOX

SNL Alumnus: Andy Samberg (2005-2012)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 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 Brooklyn's ...more

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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)

30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006, to January 31, 2013, and was created by Tina Fey. The series, which is loosely based on Fey's ...more

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Veep is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
HBO

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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The Tonight Show Starring Jimm... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

SNL Alumnus: Jimmy Fallon 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jimmy Fallon on NBC. The show premiered on February 17, 2014 and is produced by Broadway Video and Universal ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
AMC

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

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

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Late Night with Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

SNL Alumnus: Seth Meyers (2001-2014)

Late Night with Seth Meyers is an American late-night talk show that airs at 12:37 am Eastern/11:37 pm Central on NBC in the United States, Monday through Thursday. The hour-long show premiered ...more

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Portlandia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
IFC

SNL Alumnus: Fred Armisen (2002-2013)

Portlandia is a satirical sketch comedy television series, set and filmed in and around Portland, Oregon; it stars Carrie Brownstein and former Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen. The ...more

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Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

SNL Alumnus: David Spade (1990-1996)

Just Shoot Me! is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons on NBC from March 4, 1997, to August 16, 2003, with 148 episodes produced. The show was created by Steven Levitan, ...more

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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) 

Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The adventures and mishaps of secret agent Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and his colleagues, who are ...more

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
FOX

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

The Last Man on Earth is an American post-apocalyptic comedy television series created by and starring Will Forte. The series premiered on the American broadcast network Fox on March 1, 2015. ...more

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NewsRadio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

SNL Alumnus: Phil Hartman (1986-1994)

NewsRadio is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from 1995 to 1999, focusing on the work lives of the staff of an AM news station. The series was created by executive ...more

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Adult Swim, Cartoon Network

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

Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his fretful, easily ...more

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Conan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
TBS

SNL Alumnus: Robert Smigel (1991-1993)

Conan is a late-night talk show airing each Monday through Thursday on TBS in the United States. The hour-long show premiered on November 8, 2010, and is hosted by writer, comedian and performer ...more

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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
FOX

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

In Living Color is an American sketch comedy television series that originally ran on Fox from April 15, 1990, to May 19, 1994. Brothers Keenen and Damon Wayans created, wrote and starred in the ...more

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Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
CBS

SNL Alumnus: David Spade (1990-1996)

Rules of Engagement is a sitcom that ran on CBS from February 5, 2007, to May 20, 2013, originally airing as a mid-season replacement. The series was produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison ...more

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Happy Endings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
American Broadcasting Company

SNL Alumnus: Casey Wilson (2008-2009)

Happy Endings is an American sitcom television series that ran on ABC from April 13, 2011 to May 3, 2013. The single-camera ensemble comedy originally aired as a mid-season replacement with a ...more

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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
UPN, The CW Television Network

SNL Alumnus: Chris Rock (1990-1993)

Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of African American comedian Chris Rock. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, but Rock himself was a teenager from ...more

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

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

Documentary Now! (IFC, 2015) is an American mockumentary television series created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas. The series spoofs celebrated documentary films by ...more

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Wet Hot American Summer: First... is listed (or ranked) 21 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)

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix, 2015) is a comedy web television series written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, and directed by Wain. First Day of Camp Follows the ...more

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My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
ABC

SNL Alumnus: Damon Wayans (1985-1986)

My Wife & Kids is an American television show that ran on ABC from March 28, 2001 until May 17, 2005. Produced by Touchstone Television, it starred Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell-Martin, ...more

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

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

Suburgatory is an American sitcom television series created by Emily Kapnek that premiered on ABC on September 28, 2011, and ended on May 14, 2014. The series originally aired on Wednesday ...more

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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
CBS, Lifetime Television

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

The New Adventures of Old Christine is an American sitcom television series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It originally ran on CBS from March 13, 2006 to May 12, 2010, completing five seasons. ...more

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The Critic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Fox Broadcasting Company, American Broadcasting Company

SNL Alumnus: Jon Lovitz (1985-1990)

The Critic is an American prime time animated series revolving around the life of New York film critic Jay Sherman, voiced by actor Jon Lovitz. It was created by writing partners Al Jean and ...more

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The Sarah Silverman Program is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Comedy Central

SNL Alumnus: Sarah Silverman (1993-1994)

The Sarah Silverman Program. is an American television series, which ran from February 1, 2007 to April 15, 2010 on Comedy Central starring comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, who created the ...more

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According to Jim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
ABC

SNL Alumnus: Jim Belushi (1983-1985)

According to Jim is an American sitcom television series starring Jim Belushi in the title role as a suburban father of three children. It originally ran on ABC from October 1, 2001 to June 2,

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The Ben Stiller Show is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Fox Broadcasting Company

SNL Alumni: Ben Stiller (1989), Janeane Garofalo (1994-1995)

The Ben Stiller Show is the name of two sketch comedy television shows that aired on MTV from 1990 to 1991, and then on Fox from September 27, 1992 to January 17, 1993. The Fox show stars Ben ...more

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Forever is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Forever (Amazon, 2018) is an American comedy-drama web television series. It follows married couple Oscar (Fred Armisen) and June (Maya Rudolph) who live a comfortable but predictable life in ...more

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Community is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Comedy Central, NBC Community is an American television sitcom created by Dan Harmon that premiered on NBC on September 17, 2009. The single-camera series follows an ensemble cast of students at a community college ...more

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The PJs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Adult Swim, The WB Television Network, Fox Broadcasting Company

SNL Alumnus: Eddie Murphy (1980-1984)

The PJs is an American stop-motion animated television series, created by Eddie Murphy, Larry Wilmore, and Steve Tompkins. It portrayed life in an urban public housing project, modeled after the ...more

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Dennis Miller Live is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
HBO

SNL Alumnus: Dennis Miller (1985-1991)

Dennis Miller Live was a weekly talk show on HBO, hosted by comedian Dennis Miller. The show ran 215 episodes from 1994 to 2002, and received five Emmy awards, plus an additional 11 Emmy ...more

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Norm is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
ABC

SNL Alumnus: Norm Macdonald (1993-1998)

Norm is a 2009 television documentary movie directed by Teresa MacInnes and Kent Nason.

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The Mighty B! is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Teletoon

SNL Alumnus: Amy Poehler (2001-2008) 

The Mighty B is an American animated television series co-created by Amy Poehler, Cynthia True and Erik Wiese for Nickelodeon. The series centers on Bessie Higgenbottom, an ambitious Honeybee ...more

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Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Dead Zone CBS

SNL Alumnus: Anthony Michael Hall (1985-1986)

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The Martin Short Show (1994) is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

SNL Alumnus: Martin Short (1984-1985)

The Martin Short Show is a short-lived American television sitcom that aired in 1994 on NBC.

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White Famous is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
White Famous Showtime

SNL Alumnus: Jay Pharaoh (2010-2016)

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Primetime Glick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Comedy Central

SNL Alumnus: Martin Short (1984-1985)

Primetime Glick is a comedy talk show from Comedy Central.

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Casual is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Hulu

SNL Alumnus: Michaela Watkins (2008-2009)

Casual is a 2015 television comedy-drama series that premiered on Hulu. After learning her husband is having an affair, Valerie (Michaela Watkins), a successful shrink, files for divorce and ...more

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Son of Zorn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
FOX

SNL Alumni: Jason Sudeikis (2005-2013), Tim Meadows (1991-2000)

Son of Zorn (Fox, 2016) is about Zorn (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), a warrior from the fictional South Pacific island of Zephyria who moves to Orange County, CA, to reconnect with his ex-wife ...more

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The Spoils of Babylon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni

SNL Alumnus: Will Ferrell (1995-2002)

The Spoils of Babylon is an American comedy miniseries written by Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele, directed by Piedmont, and starring Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, Jessica Alba, Val ...more

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Maya & Marty is listed (or ranked) 42 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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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
CITV, PBS Kids, Treehouse TV

SNL Alumnus: Martin Short (1984-1985)

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! is a Canada–UK co-produced animated television series that premiered August 7, 2010 on Treehouse TV in Canada, on September 6, 2010 on PBS Kids in the ...more

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Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Comedy Central

SNL Alumnus: Colin Quinn (1995-2000)

Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn was a comedic talk show which aired on Comedy Central from 2002 to 2004. The show featured host Colin Quinn and a panel of comedian guests, discussing politics, ...more

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The Spoils Before Dying is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
IFC

SNL Alumnus: Will Ferrell (1995-2002)

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Watching Ellie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
NBC

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

Watching Ellie is an American sitcom that starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus and was created by her husband, Brad Hall. It aired on NBC from February 2002 to May 2003, though only sixteen episodes were ...more

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The Awesomes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
Hulu

SNL Alumnus: Seth Meyers (2001-2014)

The Awesomes" is an animated show for adults that combines the thrills of comic book storytelling with the irreverent and inspired comedy that is the hallmark of show co-creators Seth ...more

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Gary Unmarried is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni
CBS

SNL Alumnus: Jay Mohr (1993-1995)

Gary Unmarried is an American sitcom created by Ed Yeager, which ran on CBS from September 24, 2008 to March 17, 2010. The series focuses on a recently divorced couple sharing custody of their ...more