I know what you’re going to say: Most episodes of SNL don’t warrant watching to completion, let alone all 42 seasons. But no other sketch show has lasted this long nor had such a massive, sweeping influence on American comedy. If you’re a student of this stuff, sketches or entire seasons that bomb (hi, season 11!) serve as an comedic education, not to mention a snapshot of what was happening in America at the time. Watching 1,200+ hours may be an impossibility for a lot of reasons, the chief one being that many seasons are nearly impossible to stream or find on DVD in their entirety (hi, season 11!). But even committing to a fraction of that is still worth it. 42+ seasons, 1,200+ hours*.
Streaming select seasons on Hulu. Available for purchase on Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.