‘Saturday Night Live’ celebrates 40th anniversary as all-time Emmys champ

As “Saturday Night Live” prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary this Sunday, the show can also revel in being the all-time champ at the Emmy Awards. As of the 2014 ceremony, the long-running variety series has won 46 Emmys over its first 39 seasons. The next closest series is “Frasier” with 37 victories.

Among the performing winners for “SNL” over the years, the list has included Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Jimmy Fallon, Tina FeyGilda Radner, Justin Timberlake, and Betty White. Creator Lorne Michaels has individually won six Emmys for producing and writing the show and was inducted into the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame in 1999.

In addition, the program has an overwhelming lead for the most primetime nominations for a series. It has received 182 compared to 124 for “E.R.” and 117 for “Cheers.”

NBC will air a live three-hour special on Sunday featuring many of its past cast members, including Fred Armisen, Dan Aykroyd, Carvey, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Fallon, Will Ferrell, Fey, Bill Hader, Norm Macdonald, Seth Meyers, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Laraine Newman, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, Martin Short, David Spade, Jason Sudeikis, and Kristen Wiig.

Former guest hosts and musical stars slated to appear include Alec Baldwin, Jim Carrey, Robert De Niro, James Franco, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Tom Hanks, Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning, Steve Martin, Melissa McCarthy, Paul McCartney, Paul Rudd, Paul Simon, Jerry Seinfeld, Emma Stone, Taylor Swift, Timberlake, Christopher Walken, Kerry Washington, Kanye West, and White.

Related: Discuss the ‘Saturday Night Live’ 40th season in our fun forums

Here is a complete list of the Emmy Awards received by “Saturday Night Live” for 1976-2014:

BEST VARIETY SERIES
Lorne Michaels (1976)
Lorne Michaels, James Downey, and Al Franken (1993)

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL
Lorne Michaels, Ken Aymong, Marci Klein, and Michael Shoemaker (2000)

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTOR
Justin Timberlake (2009)
Justin Timberlake (2011)
Jimmy Fallon (2012)
Jimmy Fallon (2014)

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS 
Tina Fey (2009)
Betty White (2010)

BEST VARIETY INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE 
Chevy Chase (1976)
Gilda Radner (1978)
Dana Carvey (1993)

BEST VARIETY DIRECTING
Dave Wilson (1976)
Don Roy King (2010)
Don Roy King (2011)
Don Roy King (2012)
Don Roy King (2013)
Don Roy King (2014)

BEST VARIETY WRITING
Writing Team including Chevy Chase (1976)
Writing Team including Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and Bill Murray (1977)
Writing Team including Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, and Conan O’Brien (1989)
Writing Team including Tina Fey (2002)

BEST ART DIRECTION
Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, and Keith Raywood (2013)

BEST COSTUMES
Tom Broecker and Eric Justian (2014)

BEST GRAPHIC AND TITLE DESIGN
Charles Levi and Alex Weil (1985)

BEST HAIRSTYLING
Bobby H. Grayson (2000)
Bettie O. Rogers, Anne Michelle Radcliffe, and Jodi Mancuso (2008)
Bettie O. Rogers, Jodi Mancuso, Jennifer Serio Stauffer, Inga Thrasher, Christal Schanes, and Hannah Sullivan (2012)
Bettie O. Rogers, Jodi Mancuso, Jennifer Serio Stauffer, Inga Thrasher, and Hannah Sullivan (2013)
Bettie O. Rogers, Jodi Mancuso, Jennifer Serio Stauffer, Inga Thrasher, Hannah Sullivan, and Joseph Whitmeyer (2014)

BEST MAKEUP
Louie Zakarian, Amy Tagliamonti, and Josh Turi (2010)
Louie Zakarian, Amy Tagliamonti, Josh Turi, and Daniela Zivkovic (2011)
Louie Zakarian, Amy Tagliamonti, Josh Turi, Melanie Demetri, and Daniela Zivkovic (2013)
Louie Zakarian, Amy Tagliamonti, Sarah Egan, Melanie Demetri, and Daniela Zivkovic (2014)

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
Justin Timberlake, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and Andy Samberg (2007)
Seth Meyers, John Mulaney, and Justin Timberlake (2011)

BEST TECHNICAL DIRECTION
Heino Ripp, Michael Bennett, Al Camoin, Jan Kasoff, John Pinto, and Maurey Verschoore (1983)
Terry Rohnke, Joe Debonis, Steve Jambeck, Jan Kasoff, John Pinto, Robert Reese, and Bruce Shapiro (1990)
Steven Cimino, Michael Bennett, Carl Eckett, Jan Kasoff, John Pinto, Robert Reese, and William Vaccaro (1994)
Steven Cimino, Michael Bennett, Carl Eckett, Jan Kasoff, John Pinto, Robert Reese, Gregory Aull, and William Vaccaro (1995)
Steven Cimino, Michael Bennett, Carl Eckett, Richard B. Fox, Jan Kasoff, John Pinto, Frank Grisanti, and Susan Noll (2000)
Steven Cimino, Michael Bennett, Carl Eckett, Richard B. Fox, Jan Kasoff, John Pinto, Frank Grisanti, and Susan Noll (2002)
Steven Cimino, Michael Bennett, Brian Phraner, Richard B. Fox, John Pinto, Jimmy Mott, Frank Grisanti, and Susan Noll (2003)
Steven Cimino, Michael Bennett, Eric A. Eisenstein, Richard B. Fox, Brian Phraner, John Pinto, Frank Grisanti, and Susan Noll (2004)
Steven Cimino, Richard B. Fox, John Pinto, Brian Phraner, Barry Frischer, Eric A. Eisenstein, Frank Grisanti, and Susan Noll (2007)
Steven Cimino, John Pinto, Eric A. Eisenstein, Len Wechsler, Barry Frisher, Frank Grisanti, and Susan Noll (2012)

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