One of the most well-known shows around in recent times is late-night TV sketch comedy and variety title Saturday Night Live – often abbreviated to simply SNL. The show has been on for quite some time, having first aired in 1975 as NBC’s Saturday Night. There is a huge cast involved in each episode of SNL, which often varies depending on the sketches being performed. These sketches often act as parodies for particular topics in modern day culture or politics. There is also often a performance from a top musical act to add to the entertainment factor.

The show has over 45 seasons at the time of writing, which makes it one of the longest-running shows ever to exist in the USA. It has won a hugely impressive number of awards – namely 71 Primetime Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards and four Writers Guild of America Awards. 2018 was the year this show was recorded as having received 252 Emmy nominations – more than any other television program. 

Cast and characters

  • 1975 cast – Laraine Newman, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray
  • 1980 cast – Jean Doumanian, Eddie Murphy, Joe Poscipo
  • 1984 cast – Billy Crystal, Martin Short
  • 1985 – Lorne Michaels, Robert Downey Jr, Jon Lovitz, Dennis Miller
  • 1986 cast – Nora Dunn, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks
  • 1990 cast – Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley

Other cast members of note over the years:

  • Will Ferrell
  • Tina Fey
  • Jimmy Fallon
  • Bill Hader
  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Fred Armisen
  • Rachel Dratch
  • Amy Poehler
  • Chris Rock
  • David Spade
  • Will Forte
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Tracy Morgan
  • Chris Parnell
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Andy Samberg
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Kenan Thompson

Filming locations

Saturday Night Live is known for being aired from 30 Rockefeller Plaza – in other words, NBC’s headquarters in the Comcast Building. Its home is Studio 8H. Originally, this studio was used for the NBC Symphony Orchestra and as a radio soundstage for Arturo Toscanini. The studio was in need of repair, not to mention a huge equipment upgrade. Fortunately, NBC subsequently spent $300,000 on these works after it was demanded the studio be rebuilt and the acoustics given an overhaul. The only time this studio has not been used for SNL was in 1976-77, when NBC News used it for presidential election coverage.


The production process for Saturday Night Live is ongoing each week. Reports online indicate that Monday is when the plans for a new episode begin, and there will be a free-form pitch meeting with the cast, writers and producers in attendance. Once ideas have been pitched – and this process could take all day – Tuesday is dedicated to writing the scripts. It can often be a process which goes into the night and carries through to Wednesday morning. Then the sketches are read by the cast during a round-table meeting on Wednesday evening, and technical experts are in attendance to help with the deployment for aspects such as prosthetics. Rehearsals take place on Friday or Saturday, and a live audience will see the rehearsal on Saturday before the live show airs. 

Episodes and reception

Typically, Saturday Night Live will air at 11:30pm ET and lasts for 90 minutes, ending at 1am. For most of its time on air, SNL has only aired in Eastern and Central time zones. However, this has changed as of 2017 so that the entire contiguous US can view the show. There are also three NBC stations which air the show in Alaska, and Honolulu airs it with a one hour delay. Guam, a US territory, also airs the show. 

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  1. Lack of films and original content. As Hulu places a focus on TV shows, you may then conclude that competitors will have a better range of movies and original shows. Netflix is one of the main contenders here.
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Available TV shows on Hulu include The Handmaid’s Tale, America’s Got Talent, Life of Kylie and King of the Hill. There are bite-sized episodes available for those who don’t have a lot of time on their hands, and you can catch up on missed episodes from both current and returning network shows. Many top comedies and dramas such as American Dad, Archer and 12 Monkeys are available to binge from the very first episode. Further filters include Staff Picks, International, Teen Shows and Anime Favourites.

When it comes to movies on Hulu, there is a similar selection of genre sub categories to use as filters, such as classics, history, horror and science fiction. Personalised recommendations are available at the top of the movies page, and there are also popular movies shown for users to browse. For example, people may be watching Deadwood The Movie, Jumanji and Night School. 

Certain movies are exclusive to Hulu, such as Ben is Back, Destroyer and Backtrace. Similarly, Hulu Originals are also showcased on the movies page, with titles including All That We Destroy, Ask Dr Ruth and Treehouse. If you want an 80s movie binge, to watch a critically acclaimed film or to browse staff picks, this is also possible. If you have an addon, such as HBO, Showtime or Starz, you can watch titles such as The Meg, Crazy Rich Asians, Den of Thieves, I Feel Pretty and Dr Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who.

Top Hulu TV shows and movies

The Handmaid’s Tale

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Castle Rock

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Marvel’s Runaways

Six teenagers come together against their mutual enemy – their criminal parents, who are part of a group called the Pride. They go on to live on the run as they figure out how to stop the Pride for good.


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Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy Summers learns she is one of the chosen women who must play the part of Vampire Slayer. She wants to live a normal life but grows to accept her destiny.


Fry is accidentally frozen and wakes up 1000 years in the future. He is taken in by his only family member – an elderly scientist. He works for his cargo delivery service alongside Leela, Hermes, Amy, Bender and Zoidberg.

The Path

Aaron Paul plays Eddie Lane, who is part of a new age spiritualist movement called Meyerism. However, he questions his faith right before he climbs its ladder, and his wife becomes suspicious when he meets with a Meyerist defector.


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Jimmy and Gretchen meet at a wedding and decide to pursue a relationship. Their respective egos soon make life difficult as they battle it out. Jimmy receives tiny royalty checks for a single novel and Gretchen lives a sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Set in New York City during the cocaine epidemic which took place at the start of the 1990s, this series chronicles the Wu-Tang Clan being formed. Diggs turns to rap so he can try to reach fame – going against the lifestyle of his brother Divine, who used drug selling to improve his family’s lifestyle.

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Hulu has worked to keep its user interface as consumer friendly and efficient as possible. Those who are watching on streaming players such as Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV will be able to make use of a grid guide which allows you to view shows up to 14 days into the future. You will also be able to see which shows are coming out in the next few weeks and plan recordings well in advance.

The Hulu app lets viewers see a grid of shows, allowing for easy choice and selection. There will be options to look through categories such as Sports, News, Movies and Kids. The personalisation level is high, as you can look at My Channels and Recent to access content you’re prone to regularly watching.

In terms of the on-demand interface, you will see rows of content displayed in a similar fashion to competitors such as Disney Plus and Netflix. You will be able to click on one of the titles under Keep Watching, or navigate to Jump Back In to return to shows you hit pause on in the past. There are also other useful categories such as TV, Movies, News, Kids and New Movies.

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