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A History of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season Premieres

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SNL‘ returns for its 39th season (!!) on September 28 with Tina Fey hosting and Arcade Fire as a musical guest. Our sister site, GuySpeed, looked back at all the previous 38 season premieres of ‘SNL’ with some pretty fascinating results.

Did you know that at least two ‘SNL’ season premieres had no hosts at all? And, one of them didn’t even feature the iconic “Live, from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” line.

Some other interesting trivia: The Rolling Stones both hosted and were the musical guest in 1978, but it was one of the few times that the host didn’t deliver the opening monologue. Instead of Mick Jagger and other members of the bend, New York City mayor Ed Koch inexplicably did the monologue.

The 90s, were obviously very 90s with one show that was hosted by Nic Cage and featured Bobby Brown performing “Humpin’ Around.”

If you’re big ‘SNL’ fan (or just a pop culture aficionado), it’s really interesting to look back to see all the changes ‘SNL’ has made over the years and just how close it has come, on multiple occasions, to almost getting canceled.

Check out the history of ‘SNL’ series premieres at GuySpeed and make sure to watch the Tina Fey/Arcade Fire episode tomorrow.

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