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How Many Emmys Has Saturday Night Live Won?

SNL has racked up dozens (and dozens, and dozens...) of Emmy Awards—including two wins for Season 48. 

By Samantha Vincenty

Since its premiere in 1975, Saturday Night Live has staged boundary-pushing comedy that unfolds in front of audiences in real time. That's quite a feat to pull off for one season, much less 49 seasonsand doing so takes a village. From SNL's supremely talented rotating cast of performers to its writers, directors, set decorators, makeup artists, and costume designers, there's an enormous pool of talent putting in work in Studio 8H every week. And that work has received many an Emmys nod over years.

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In fact, Saturday Night Live has won the most Emmy Awards of any television show in history. Its first nominations came less than two years after its debut in 1977, with (deep breath) an Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music nomination for Chevy Chase, and an Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series for the writing staff that included Chase.

The following year, original Not Ready for Prime Time Players Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, and Gilda Radner were nominated for their performances—with a win Radner, who was the very first SNL cast member, handpicked by creator Lorne Michaels.

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More than 45 years later, SNL is still earning ample Emmy noms, including 10 for its 2022-2023 Season 48 alone. Check out how many Emmys SNL has won over 48 seasons (and counting!), including their most recent.

Bowen Yang Lorne Michaels and Kate Mckinnon attend the 2022 Emmys

How many Emmys has Saturday Night Live won?


Its most recent win for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series came in 2022; it also won the category in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017.

Between 1977 and 2023, SNL has earned a total of 314 nominations. See the full list of Saturday Night Live's Emmy Awards on the official Emmys site.

SNL cast Emmy wins

Gilda Radner Gilda Radner appears in Season 1 episode of Saturday Night Live

Despite many nominations, including Bowen Yang's for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series in 2022, just four players have won Emmys for their performances on SNL while they were cast members on the show: Kate McKinnon (2017 and 2016), Dana Carvey (1993), Gilda Radner (1978), Chevy Chase (1977).

Can an SNL Host win an Emmy?


In 2023, February 4 Host Pedro Pascal and April 1 Host Quinta Brunson were both nominated. 

SNL Hosts who won an Emmy for their turn on the show include Dave Chappelle (2021, 2017), Tiffany Haddish (2018), Melissa McCarthy (2017), Betty White (2010), Justin Timberlake (2009, 2011).

Funnily enough, more former cast members have won an Emmy for returning to host: Maya Rudolph (2021), Eddie Murphy (2020) Amy Poehler and Tina Fey (2016), and Jimmy Fallon (2014, 2012). 

Pedro Pascal on Saturday Night Live

SNL Emmy nominations in 2023

SNL's two 2023 wins came at the Creative Arts Emmys in January 2024: Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series for Liz Patrick's work on Steve Martin and Martin Short's episode, and Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Or Reality Series for the same episode, as well as March 11 Host Jenna Ortega's. 

The show was nominated for a total of 10 Emmys in 2023: Outstanding Scripted Variety Series, Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series, Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction Or Reality Series, Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series, Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Or Reality Series, Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Programming, Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special. 

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler staged a "Weekend Update" reunion at the 75th Emmy Awards

SNL may not have dominated in its categories on January 15, but the show's imprint on the broadcast was undeniable.

In a night devoted to celebrating classic American TV shows, recreating the iconic sets of Cheers, Martin, Grey's Anatomy and more, the 75th Emmy Awards reunited "Weekend Update" co-anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who presented the nominees for Variety Special (Live) in the faux-news format. Watch below.