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Parents' Guide to

Saturday Night Live

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Legendary late-night show funny for teens and up.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 16+

Going downhill FAST!

First show was a winner. After that, the guests & the content of the 2nd & 3rd shows of this season should be flushed!! What the heck? What did they do with the writers from the first show? GET some real standards!
age 16+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25 ):
Kids say (81 ):

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.

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