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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This show is all about satire and parody -- so plenty of iffy behavior appears, but usually within the context of making fun of it.
Positive Role Models
Role models are mercilessly mocked, and some sexual and racial stereotypes appear, which may offend some viewers (though the goal is always laughs).
Violence & Scariness
No major violence. Occasional pretend hitting or kicking, but only in an exaggerated, funny way.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some obviously simulated sex, provocative outfits, lots of sexual banter and innuendo.
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Lots of sexual language and humor. Plenty of mild cursing ("bitch," "hell," "damn," etc.). Lots of plays on words with sexual/racial themes.
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Products & Purchases
Hosts promote their movies, TV shows, or albums; musical guests promote their albums.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Discussion of and simulated use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco within comedy sketches. Not a major part of the show.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Saturday Night Live is a sketch showwith sexual, political, and racial humor that may be too mature for some kids -- but it could also fly right over their head. Stereotypes abound, from ditzy girls to angry black men, and they're treated with differing levels of social critique -- some shallow, some deeper. Due to the show's live nature, occasional curse words or other unplanned activity occurs (such as when Sinead O'Connor ripped up a photograph of the Pope on air). Many parents may remember their own experiences with SNL growing up and should know that, if anything, the show is tamer now than it was in its early years.
Is It Any Good?
Over the years, the quality of the show has varied, both from season to season and from episode to episode. But for the most part, Saturday Night Live has been a place to see solid, live comedy with a broad, mature appeal. Other similar shows may have topped it comedically (In Living Color, The Kids in the Hall), but none have endured the test of time to become a living institution like SNL
In the late '90s and 2000s, Tina Fey's smart, biting delivery as the co-host of the long-standing news parody segment "Weekend Update" became a highlight of the show. Her role as both performer and head writer for SNL marked a shift from the 1990s, when series creator Lorne Michaels was under fire for a lack of a female voice on the show. Musical guests, who usually play two live songs during the course of the show, are also top-rate and diverse, ranging from Paul Simon to Britney Spears.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.