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Saturday Night Live


Cast of SNL. Digital image. Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2016. Image copyright Universal Home Studios

On October 11,1975 NBC-TV premiered its late-night comedy program Saturday Night Live, a monumental hit for the network and most recently celebrating its 40th anniversary on the air.

Which of the following best explains the importance of SNL in television history?


It was first program to see five of its original cast members achieve Hollywood film stardom.


It was the first program to challenge the strict television censorship standards that had been in effect since early 1950s.


Its parodies and skits featuring American politics have had a huge impact on American politics.


Its original cast included both women and an African-American -- a first in television history.


It showed that American audiences were willing to watch live programming beyond the "prime time" hours.