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The 50 most iconic 'SNL' skits of all time

Stacker Logo By Jody Ellis of Stacker | Slide 1 of 51: From the moment it premiered on NBC in 1975, “Saturday Night Live” quickly became one of the most loved comedy shows on television. With hilarious and often bold mockery of anything and everything—not to mention anyone and everyone—the satirical skits that make up the late-night series have become an iconic part of American television. No one is safe from the sometimes savage bite of “SNL” humor, from famous actors or musicians to politicians and world leaders. The series has also served as a stepping stone to fame, with some of the most successful comedic actors in the entertainment industry starting out as featured performers. Former “SNL” cast members include Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, to name a few. Some famed skits of the show have also branched off to become feature films in their own right, including movies such as “Coneheads,” “MacGruber,” and “The Ladies’ Man.” “Saturday Night Live” is one of the longest-running television programs in the United States. Many of the skits and parodies created inside the writer’s room have become deeply ingrained in American pop culture, making it difficult to determine which ones are the most popular and best remembered. Stacker has compiled a list of some of the best skits to grace the “SNL” stage using data and research from various sources, including sites such as IMDb and NBC, as well as fan pages and celebrity interviews. These include the sketches that have had the largest cultural comedic impact, those that bring humor to more serious social issues, and political satire at its finest. Added to that are skits that generated Emmy awards for the actors, and several funny pieces that have become a historic part of our social fabric.  Take a look at Stacker’s compilation of the top 50 “Saturday Night Live” skits, presented in no particular order or ranking. Read on to see if your favorite made the cut. You may also like: Best 'Simpsons' episodes of all time

50 of the best 'SNL' skits

From the moment it premiered on NBC in 1975, “Saturday Night Live” quickly became one of the most loved comedy shows on television. With hilarious and often bold mockery of anything and everything—not to mention anyone and everyone—the satirical skits that make up the late-night series have become an iconic part of American television. No one is safe from the sometimes savage bite of “SNL” humor, from famous actors or musicians to politicians and world leaders.

The series has also served as a stepping stone to fame, with some of the most successful comedic actors in the entertainment industry starting out as featured performers. Former “SNL” cast members include Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, to name a few. Some famed skits of the show have also branched off to become feature films in their own right, including movies such as “Coneheads,” “MacGruber,” and “The Ladies’ Man.”

“Saturday Night Live” is one of the longest-running television programs in the United States. Many of the skits and parodies created inside the writer’s room have become deeply ingrained in American pop culture, making it difficult to determine which ones are the most popular and best remembered.

Stacker has compiled a list of some of the best skits to grace the “SNL” stage using data and research from various sources, including sites such as IMDb and NBC, as well as fan pages and celebrity interviews. These include the sketches that have had the largest cultural comedic impact, those that bring humor to more serious social issues, and political satire at its finest. Added to that are skits that generated Emmy awards for the actors, and several funny pieces that have become a historic part of our social fabric. 

Take a look at Stacker’s compilation of the top 50 “Saturday Night Live” skits, presented in no particular order or ranking. Read on to see if your favorite made the cut.

You may also like: Best 'Simpsons' episodes of all time

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