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The Worst Seasons of Saturday Night Live

Updated October 30, 2019 2.5k votes 257 voters 9.6k views44 items

List RulesVote 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. Then check out the best episodes of the current season of SNL so you can be ready to decide its place in this list. Then check out the best episodes of the current season of SNL so you can be ready to decide its place in this list.

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  • 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.
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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.
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    Saturday Night Live - Season 41

    Premiered: October 3, 2015
    Episodes: 21 episodes.

    Cast members for this season include: Kate McKinnon, Taran Killam, and Kyle Mooney.

    Guest hosts include: Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer, and Donald Trump.

    Memorable moments include:

    • Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and other 30 Rock cast members reprise their roles for skit.
    • Larry David makes multiple appearances as Bernie Sanders.
    • Bernie Sanders acts in a sketch.
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    Premiered: October 5, 2002
    Episodes: 20 episodes.

    Cast members for this season include: Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen and Tracy Morgan.

    Guest hosts include: Matt Damon, Robert De Niro and Adrien Brody.

    Memorable moments include:

    • Adrien Brody gets banned after improvising a character without prior approval.
    • Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider perform the "The Chanukah Song."
    • Tracy Morgan makes his final appearance as a cast member.
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