List of Saturday Night Live DVD releases

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Traditionally, retail DVD releases of Saturday Night Live material have consisted of "Best Of" compilations, comprising select performances (typically sketches) of past cast members, and notable guest hosts. Beginning in 1999, DVD releases were distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment under license from NBC (this was before the merger which resulted in the NBC Universal corporation). Following the establishment of NBC Universal in 2005, Universal Studios, owners of NBC, Saturday Night Live's broadcast home, ceased the existing arrangement of outside distribution of SNL material.[1][2] While Lionsgate is no longer able to acquire new SNL-related content, they have retained reissuing rights to their existing SNL content library.[3]

On December 5, 2006, Universal Home Entertainment released on DVD "Saturday Night Live: The Complete First Season," comprising complete episodes.[4] Upon the set’s release, some criticism of its authenticity as complete and uncut episodes arose from reviewers and fans.[5] This was due to the existence of original live copies, which in comparison to the "complete" episodes reveal edits and omissions, which are common among the rerun versions of the shows in the set.[5] Following the successful sales of the first season, subsequent seasons have been released. No subsequent releases are planned for the near future, as acquiring the rights to the musical acts has become too expensive.[6]

DVD releases[edit]

Seasons[edit]

DVD Name Release dates Additional Information
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
SNL: The Complete First Season 2, 3 December 5, 2006 July 16, 2007
SNL: The Complete Second Season 2, 3 December 4, 2007
SNL: The Complete Third Season 2, 3 May 13, 2008
SNL: The Complete Fourth Season 2, 3 December 2, 2008
SNL: The Complete Fifth Season 2, 3 December 1, 2009

Specials[edit]

DVD Name Release dates Additional Information
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
SNL: 25th Anniversary 1, 3 February 24, 2004
SNL: 25 Years of Music 1, 3 August 12, 2003
SNL: The Best of 06/07 2, 4 March 4, 2008
SNL: The Best of 09/10 2, 4 March 13, 2011
SNL: The Best of Adam Sandler 1, 3 November 9, 1999
SNL: The Best of Alec Baldwin 2, 3 January 24, 2006
SNL: The Best of Amy Poehler 2, 4 October 20, 2009
SNL: The Best of Cheri Oteri 2, 3 May 23, 2006
SNL: The Best of Chris Farley 1, 3 April 25, 2000
SNL: The Best of Chris Kattan 1, 3 September 7, 2004
SNL: The Best of Chris Rock 1, 3 February 24, 2004
SNL: The Best of Christopher Walken 1, 3 September 7, 2004
SNL: The Best of Commercial Parodies 2, 3 May 23, 2006
SNL: The Best of Dan Aykroyd 1, 3 September 6, 2005
SNL: The Best of Dana Carvey 1, 3 February 15, 2000
SNL: The Best of David Spade 2, 3 January 24, 2004
SNL: The Best of Eddie Murphy 1, 3 February 24, 2004
SNL: The Best of Gilda Radner 1, 3 September 6, 2005
SNL: The Best of Jerry Seinfeld 3
SNL: The Best of Jimmy Fallon 2, 3 January 25, 2005
SNL: The Best of John Belushi 1, 3 September 6, 2005
SNL: The Best of Jon Lovitz 1, 3 June 7, 2005
SNL: The Best of Mike Myers 1, 3 February 24, 2004
SNL: The Best of Molly Shannon 1, 3 August 12, 2003
SNL: The Best of Phil Hartman 1, 3 February 24, 2004
SNL: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse 2, 3 October 24, 2006
SNL: The Best of Steve Martin 1, 3 April 25, 2000
SNL: The Best of Tom Hanks 1, 3 June 7, 2005
SNL: The Best of Tracy Morgan 1, 3 September 7, 2004
SNL: The Best of Will Ferrell, Volume 1 1, 3 August 12, 2003
SNL: The Best of Will Ferrell, Volume 2 1, 3 September 7, 2004
SNL: The Best of Will Ferrell, Volume 3 4, 5 August 3, 2010
SNL: Christmas 1, 3 October 28, 2003
SNL: Halloween 1, 3 October 28, 2003
SNL in the 80's: Lost and Found 2, 3 March 4, 2008
Saturday Night Live - OHH NOOO MR BILLS CLASSICS 3 2000
SNL - The First 5 Years 1, 3 September 6, 2005

1 Distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
2 Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment
3 Aspect ratio: 4:3 (fullscreen)
4 Aspect ratio: 16:9 (widescreen)
5 Released in Canada only

Episode downloads and online streaming[edit]

Following the creation of Hulu by NBC, among others, in March 2007, NBC owned content, including Saturday Night Live material, was removed from video sharing sites, notably YouTube, to the exclusion of NBC.com and the aforementioned Hulu.[7] A notable exception to this are SNL Digital Shorts, created in conjunction by SNL Studios and The Lonely Island. Additionally, full seasons and specials have been released for sale on paid-content online media portals, including iTunes and Amazon.com. Free, ad-supported streaming of new Saturday Night Live episodes on NBC.com was announced on October 16, 2009.[8]

Due to the region-specific nature of Hulu, the content is not accessible outside of the United States. In mid-2009 Broadway Video Enterprises formed a partnership with sevenload to distribute Saturday Night Live digital content to online-viewers in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.[9]

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