Saturday Night Live is America’s most renowned late-night live TV show. The award-winning comedy variety show premiered in 1975. Millions have been tuning in every Saturday night since, enjoying legendary comedy sketches, satirical news and musical performances. This post is all about how to watch SNL live and on demand.
- You can watch SNL via livestream on Hulu + Live TV. Alternatively, you can watch episodes after they’ve streamed and past seasons with a standard Hulu subscription. You can also watch episodes on NBC’s website.
- If you’re overseas, you can use a VPN and connect to a U.S. server to stream on Hulu and NBC.
- ExpressVPN is our favorite VPN for streaming. It’s lightning fast, easy to use and extremely secure. NordVPN and Windscribe are two other great options.
Saturday Night Live has put the spotlight on a diverse group of artists over the years. Season 47’s musical guests have included Young Thug, Ed Sheeran and Brandi Carlile. Kim Kardashian West infamously roasted Kanye in her comedy debut this October.
If you’re traveling outside the U.S., you can use a VPN to watch the proceedings abroad — we recommend ExpressVPN.
01/04/2022 Facts checked
Article updated with new streaming options and VPN information.
Yes. There are a few ways to stream SNL online, including via Hulu or NBC’s website, though you might need a VPN if you’re not in the U.S., U.K., Canada or Australia.
Yes, all seasons are on Amazon Prime Video U.S., but you have to purchase them.
No, SNL is not currently available on Netflix.
How to Watch SNL Live & On Demand for Free From Anywhere
Watching SNL live or revisiting the notorious Kim Kardashian West episode is possible on Hulu If you just want to catch up with past seasons, you can sign up for the standard or ad-free Hulu free trial.
If streaming SNL online live is more your thing, you can get a Hulu + Live TV free trial. Due to regional restrictions, viewers outside the U.S. will need a VPN.
If you don’t have a U.S. bank card, you can’t sign up for Hulu’s free trial. If you’re not a U.S. citizen, don’t click away just yet. Later on, we’ll show you some alternatives for watching SNL from overseas. For now, here’s how to watch SNL on Hulu from overseas with a VPN.
- Sign up for a Hulu Free Trial
Depending on if you want Saturday Night Live on demand or live, choose your free trial package on Hulu’s website.
- Sign up for ExpressVPN
Sign up for an ExpressVPN plan, all of which come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Download ExpressVPN
Choose the ExpressVPN app for your device, download it and follow the instructions in the installation wizard. The 30-day money-back guarantee ensures you don’t spend a penny on watching SNL, as long as you ask for a refund within 30 days.
- Connect to a U.S. Server
Open the ExpressVPN app. Then, click on the three horizontal dots in the “location” box. Choose a U.S. server and press the “on” button to connect.
- Stream Saturday Night Live on Hulu
Log in to Hulu. Then, search for Saturday Night Live and choose the episode you want to watch. Enjoy streaming Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and the rest of the cast in action.
Bear in mind that although you can’t get the free trial without a U.S. bank card, you can buy a Hulu gift card without a U.S. bank card. You can then use the gift card promo code to access Hulu. However, that means you’ll have to pay for at least one month of Hulu.
How to Watch the SNL Christmas Special
You can replay the Saturday Night Live Christmas special on Hulu or NBC’s website. The same steps as above apply, or you can use our guide on how to watch Hulu with a VPN.
Where to Watch SNL Online
Good news for non-U.S. citizens: If you sign up for an account with NBC and connect to a VPN, you can watch a few episodes of Saturday Night Live. Just bear in mind that some episodes are locked. New members without a U.S. TV provider only get three credits to watch locked content. Other means of watching Saturday Night Live include:
- Hulu (U.S.)
- NBC (U.S.)
- Sky (U.K.)
- Global TV (Canada)
- Binge (Australia)
- YouTube TV (U.S.)
- fuboTV (U.S.)
- Peacock Premium (U.S.)
- Amazon Prime Video (U.S.) — all seasons
Best VPNs to Watch SNL Live Online Without Cable
If you’re new to the vast world of VPNs, you might be in need of some recommendations. Here are our top VPNs for streaming.
If you like high speeds, uninterrupted streaming time and an easy in-app experience, try out ExpressVPN’s 30-day money-back guarantee. Most importantly, it uses military-grade encryption, so you can peruse streaming services with complete peace of mind that nobody is spying on your traffic. Our ExpressVPN review tells all about the service.
If there was an award for user-friendliness, NordVPN would take it home. You don’t even need to pull up a server list to switch servers, as long as you can find your way around a map. NordVPN performed particularly well when tested out with NBC’s website. We’re happy to recommend NordVPN to stream SNL. You can find out more about it in our NordVPN review.
As far as free VPNs go, Windscribe is one we can vouch for. We tested it with Saturday Night Live on Hulu and it worked perfectly. Windscribe offers 10GB of data for free. This should be enough for a few episodes of SNL, but if you want more data, you can sign up for one of its paid plans. Read our Windscribe review for more info.
If you’re feeling like a TV night this weekend, you shouldn’t have too many problems finding a way to watch SNL online. Even if you miss a livestream, you can always catch up with missed episodes later on Hulu or NBC. If you need a VPN to access those services, we recommend ExpressVPN.
We hope our guide has been useful in helping you find the best way to watch SNL live. Do you watch Saturday Night Live from overseas? Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments and as always, thanks for stopping by!