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List Rules Vote up the most awful seasons of SNL.

With so many years on the air, the seasons of Saturday Night Live run the gamut from amazing to awful. Beause the good seasons of the show are so good, the worst seasons of SNL often seem like a betrayal, with horrible sketches that haunt our memories for decades.

Some bad seasons of Saturday Night Live spawned characters that went on to have monstrous movies, others had moments and sketches that were iffy then and awful now. With so many members of the cast, some seasons just weren't as blessed with talent as the others. There are great seasons of SNL, but somewhere after 20 seasons (and especially after 40 seasons), there were going to have to be some definitively terrible seasons of SNL, just by sheer odds.

Each season of SNL has at least one memorably terrible episode, so it isn't necessarily easy to figure out what the worst season is. Vote up any of the seasons that were no good entries into the archives of Saturday Night Live. If the worst season of SNL isn't as high as it deserves then vote it up so your disappointment can be known.

Saturday Night Live - Season 2... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Seasons of Saturday Night Live
Photo:  NBC

Premiered: September 24, 1994
Episodes: 20 episodes.

Cast members for this season include: Norm Macdonald, Janeane Garofalo and Chris Farley.

Guest hosts include: Steve Martin, Roseanne and Damon Wayans.

Memorable moments include:

  • George H. W. Bush appears in Dana Carvey's monologue.
  • Adam Sandler debuts "The Chanukah Song."
  • David Lander and Steve Buscemi appeared in the "Quentin Tarantino's Welcome Back, Kotter" sketch.

Series: Saturday Night Live

On Air: 1994

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Saturday Night Live - Season 3... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Seasons of Saturday Night Live
Photo:  SNL
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Saturday Night Live - Season 39

Premiered: September 28, 2013
Episodes: 21 episodes.

Cast members for this season include: Seth Meyers, Taran Killam and Aidy Bryant.

Guest hosts include: Tina Fey, John Goodman and Lena Dunham.

Memorable moments include:

  • Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield try to get it right for "Spider-Man Kiss."
  • Colin Jost debuts as "Weekend Update" co-anchor.
  • Seth Meyers makes his final appearance as a cast member.

Series: Saturday Night Live

On Air: 2013-09-28

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Saturday Night Live - Season 1... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Seasons of Saturday Night Live
Photo: NBC/https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live
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Saturday Night Live - Season 11

Premiered: November 9, 1985
Episodes: 18 episodes.

Cast members for this season include: Robert Downey, Jr., Jon Lovitz and Dennis Miller.

Guest hosts include: Madonna, Tom Hanks and Jay Leno.

Memorable moments include:

  • Damon Wayans getting fired for playing a straight character as gay.
  • Francis Ford Coppola getting creative control.
  • The season finale involves a sketch about setting the studio on fire.

Series: Saturday Night Live

On Air: 1985

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Saturday Night Live - Season 6 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Seasons of Saturday Night Live
Photo:  NBC

Premiered: November 15, 1980
Episodes: 13 episodes.

Cast members for this season include: Eddie Murphy, Gail Matthius and Gilbert Gottfried.

Guest hosts include: Malcolm McDowell, Deborah Harry and Bill Murray.

Memorable moments include:

  • Eddie Murphy debuts "Mister Robinson's Neighborhood."
  • Bill Paxton's short film "Fish Heads" appears.
  • The aftermath of the "Who Shot C.R?" sketch ends with most of the cast dismissed.

Series: Saturday Night Live

On Air: 1980

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