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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. 

  • Seinfeld1


    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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

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  • Parks and Recreation2

    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir


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

    SNL Alumnus: Amy Poehler (2001-2008)

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  • Veep3


    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky


    Genres (Tv)Political satire, Comedy

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

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  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine4

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz


    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

    SNL Alumnus: Andy Samberg (2005-2012)

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  • 30 Rock5

    30 Rock

    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin


    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

    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks


    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

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

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  • Archer7


    H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer


    Genres (Tv)Adult animation, Action, Comedy

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

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  • In Living Color8

    In Living Color

    Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey


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

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

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  • NewsRadio9


    Dave Foley, Stephen Root


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    SNL Alumnus: Phil Hartman (1986-1994)

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  • Rick and Morty10

    Rick and Morty

    Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell


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

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

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  • Community11


    Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    SNL Alumnus: Chevy Chase (1975–1997)

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  • The New Adventures of Old Christine12

    The New Adventures of Old Christine

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Clark Gregg


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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

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  • Everybody Hates Chris13

    Everybody Hates Chris

    Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    SNL Alumnus: Chris Rock (1990-1993)

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  • Just Shoot Me!14

    Just Shoot Me!

    Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    SNL Alumnus: David Spade (1990-1996)

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  • Late Night with Seth Meyers15


    Genres (Tv)Talk show, Variety show

    SNL Alumnus: Seth Meyers (2001-2014)

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  • Rules of Engagement16

    Rules of Engagement

    Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    SNL Alumnus: David Spade (1990-1996)

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  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon17


    Genres (Tv)Talkshow, Variety

    SNL Alumnus: Jimmy Fallon 

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  • Conan18


    Conan O'Brien, Ginnifer Goodwin


    Genres (Tv)Talk show, Variety show, Comedy

    SNL Alumnus: Robert Smigel (1991-1993)

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  • My Wife and Kids19

    My Wife and Kids

    Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    SNL Alumnus: Damon Wayans (1985-1986)

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  • The Last Man on Earth20

    The Last Man on Earth

    Will Forte, January Jones


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

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  • Suburgatory21


    Jeremy Sisto, Jane Levy


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

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

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  • Portlandia22


    Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein


    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy

    SNL Alumnus: Fred Armisen (2002-2013)

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  • Documentary Now!23

    Documentary Now!

    Fred Armisen, Helen Mirren


    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Satire

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

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  • Happy Endings24

    Happy Endings

    Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    SNL Alumnus: Casey Wilson (2008-2009)

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  • Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp25


    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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