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SNL (Saturday Night Live) began in late 1975 as a way for Johnny Carson to be able to take time off on the weekend. Developed by Lorne Michaels, SNL became a hit instantly, and within five years, the cast and producers were exhausted. After a brief hiatus and several change ups with writers and directors, SNL went through several revolutionary changes between 1980 and 1985. Starting in the late 1980s, SNL came back as one of the top shows on network broadcast stations. SNL captures audiences by bringing in a guest musical performer and guest host for each show. The primary cast and ongoing pool of writers make SNL one of the biggest ongoing comedy/variety show teams in the industry.