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The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni

Updated November 11, 2020 6.2k votes 651 voters 21.7k views56 items

List RulesTV 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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  • Seinfeld1
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    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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

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  • Parks and Recreation2
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    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

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

    SNL Alumnus: Amy Poehler (2001-2008)

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    Veep

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Political satire, Comedy

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

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  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine4
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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

    SNL Alumnus: Andy Samberg (2005-2012)

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  • 30 Rock5
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    30 Rock

    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Satire

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

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  • Better Call Saul6
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    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

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

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  • Archer7
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    Archer

    H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Adult animation, Action, Comedy

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

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  • In Living Color8
    81
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    In Living Color

    Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey

    Premiered1990

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

    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...  more

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  • NewsRadio9
    88
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    NewsRadio

    Dave Foley, Stephen Root

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    SNL Alumnus: Phil Hartman (1986-1994)

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  • Rick and Morty10
    116
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    Rick and Morty

    Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell

    Premiered2013

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

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

    Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created...  more

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  • Community11
    59
    27

    Community

    Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    SNL Alumnus: Chevy Chase (1975–1997)

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  • The New Adventures of Old Christine12
    72
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    The New Adventures of Old Christine

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Clark Gregg

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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

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  • Everybody Hates Chris13
    74
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    Everybody Hates Chris

    Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    SNL Alumnus: Chris Rock (1990-1993)

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  • Just Shoot Me!14
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    Just Shoot Me!

    Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    SNL Alumnus: David Spade (1990-1996)

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  • Late Night with Seth Meyers15

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Talk show, Variety show

    SNL Alumnus: Seth Meyers (2001-2014)

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  • Rules of Engagement16
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    Rules of Engagement

    Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    SNL Alumnus: David Spade (1990-1996)

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  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon17

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Talkshow, Variety

    SNL Alumnus: Jimmy Fallon 

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  • Conan18
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    Conan O'Brien, Ginnifer Goodwin

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Talk show, Variety show, Comedy

    SNL Alumnus: Robert Smigel (1991-1993)

    Conan is a late-night talk show airing each Monday through Thursday on TBS in the United...  more

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  • My Wife and Kids19
    46
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    My Wife and Kids

    Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin

    Premiered2001

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    SNL Alumnus: Damon Wayans (1985-1986)

    My Wife & Kids (ABC, 2001) is an American sitcom television series created by Don Reo and...  more

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  • The Last Man on Earth20
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    The Last Man on Earth

    Will Forte, January Jones

    Premiered2015

    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...  more

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  • Suburgatory21
    36
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    Suburgatory

    Jeremy Sisto, Jane Levy

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

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

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  • Portlandia22
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    Portlandia

    Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy

    SNL Alumnus: Fred Armisen (2002-2013)

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  • Documentary Now!23
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    Documentary Now!

    Fred Armisen, Helen Mirren

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Satire

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

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  • Happy Endings24
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    Happy Endings

    Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    SNL Alumnus: Casey Wilson (2008-2009)

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  • Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp25
    50
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    Premiered2015

    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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