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SAT® Subject Test in U.S. History

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Saturday Night Live

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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?

A

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

B

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

C

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

D

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

E

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