Here’s How to Watch ‘Saturday Night Live’ For Free to See Taylor Swift Perform ‘All Too Well (10 Minutes)’

"Saturday Night Live," Taylor Swift, Jonathan Majors
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Live from New York. It’s Saturday night! If you’ve never missed an episode of SNL, you may want to know how to watch Saturday Night Live online for free to see Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and more celebrities this season.

Saturday Night Live—or better known as SNL—premiered in October 1975 as a late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show. The series, which was created by Lorne Michaels, invites a celebrity guest each week, who delivers an opening monologue an performs in sketches—which often parody contemporary culture or politics—with a regular cast. The show, which also features performances each week by a musical guest—traditionally begins with a cold open sketch that ends with a cast member breaking character and proclaiming, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

Since its premiere in 1975, Saturday Night Live has had hundreds of celebrity hosts, including Emma Stone, Dwayne Johnson, Robin Williams, Drew Barrymore, Michael Jordan and more. The show has also won 86 Primetime Emmy Awards and holds the record for the TV show with the most awards in Emmys history. So how can one watch Saturday Night Live online for free? Read on ahead for our tips and tricks.

When does Saturday Night Live 2021 air?

Saturday Night Live season 47 airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.

Saturday Night Live

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How to watch Saturday Night Live 2021 online for free

So how can one watch Saturday Night Live online for free? Ahead are various free tricks and tips to stream Saturday Night Live at no cost, whether it’s live or the next day. Pro tip: Combine the free trials and set a reminder to cancel your subscription before you’re charged to watch Saturday Night Live online for free all season long.

Hulu+ With Live TV Free Trial

Hulu+ With Live TV is another option to watch the the Saturday Night Live online for free. Along with access to Hulu’s library of 80,000 movies and TV shows, the service also offers more than 75 live channels, including NBC to watch the Saturday Night Live, as well as 50 hours of DVR. The best part about Hulu+ With Live TV, however, is that it offers a seven-day free trial. Hulu+ With Live TV costs $65 per month if one chooses to subscribe after their trial ends.

Fubo TV Free Trial

Another way to watch Saturday Night Live online for free is with Fubo TV’s free trial. Fubo TV’s seven-day free trial.  Fubo offers more than 100 channels, including NBC to watch the Saturday Night Live, as well as at least 250 hours of DVR, in case you want to watch the award show again. The service costs $65 per month after your free trial ends, so be sure to remember to cancel your trial before it expires.

Sling $10 Deal

For those who want to watch Saturday Night Live online live, Sling is an excellent option. Though the service doesn’t have a free trial, Sling has a current deal that offers users one month for just $10. Sling offers two plans: Sling Blue and Sling Orange. (Sling Blue is more suited for news and entertainment, while Sling Orange is better for sports and family.) Both include the $10 first-month deal and cost $35 per month after the deal ends, if one chooses to subscribe. Both also offer 50 hours of DVR and channels like NBC, which is where Saturday Night Live airs. If you had to choose one, though, we recommend Sling Blue to watch Saturday Night Live. Not only does the plan include more channels, but it also allows the user to stream on three devices (Sling Orange allows only one), which means that you can split the cost with two other people, who can stream Saturday Night Live (or other TV shows) on their own devices. (That’s just $3.33 per person.)

Hulu Free Trial

The easiest way to watch Saturday Night Live online for free is with Hulu’s 30-day free subscription. Though not live, Hulu uploads new episodes of Saturday Night Live the day after they air, so users can catch up the morning after the night show. The service—which offers more than 1650 TV shows and 2,500 movies along with Saturday Night Live—starts at $5.99 per month for its basic subscription with ads. It’s ad-fee plan costs $11.99 per month. Both plans come with a 30-day free trial, so users can watch at least four seasons of Saturday Night Live at no cost.

Verizon’s Free Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ Bundle

If you’re a Verizon customer (or know someone who is), there is another free option. For a limited time, customers with unlimited plans, such as Get More Unlimited and Play More Unlimited, have access to Verizon’s complimentary The Disney Bundle, which includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN. Disney+ and ESPN are nice, but Hulu is the real reward here to watch Saturday Night Live online for free.

So how do you claim your free Hulu subscription? Well, Verizon has a FAQ here that explains the steps a Verizon customer needs to take to access Disney+ for free, but here’s the gist: Go to My Verizon site or the My Verizon App. In the app, go to the Plans & Devices page and click Explore Adds. On the site, choose Account on the top menu and click Add Ons & Apps.

There, customers will be able to choose The Disney Bundle, which includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN. After choosing the bundle, click Get It Now. Enter the email address you want to use for your subscriptions, check your email for confirmation and voila. You can now watch Saturday Night Live online for free. The deal ends soon, so it’s best to sign up now.

Peacock’s $4.99 Plan

Peacock is anothe way to watch The Voice online for free. Though users can’t watch NBC live from the service, Peacock uploads episodes of The Voice the next day so fans can catch up. While Peacock offers a free subscription, unfortunately, viewers need to subscribe to one of Peacock’s paid plans to watch Saturday Night Live: Peacock Premium (with ads) for $4.99 per month or Peacock Premium Plus (with no ads) for $9.99 per month. As for what’s on Peacock, the service has more than 900 movies and 300 TV shows from NBC Universal’s properties including NBC, Bravo and E!.

Who are the Saturday Night Live 2021 hosts?

See below for the list of the Saturday Night Live season 47 hosts announced so far.

  • Owen Wilson (October 2, 2021)
  • Kim Kardashian (October 9, 2021)
  • Rami Malek (October 16, 2021)
  • Jason Sudeikis (October 23, 2021)
  • Kieran Culkin (November 6)
  • Jonathan Majors (November 13)
  • Simu Liu (November 20)

Who are the Saturday Night Live 2021 musical guests?

See below for the list of the Saturday Night live season 47 musical guests announced so far.

  • Kacey Musgraves (October 2, 2021)
  • Halsey (October 9, 2021)
  • Young Thug (October 16, 2021)
  • Brandi Carlile (October 23, 2021)
  • Ed Sheeran (November 6)
  • Taylor Swift (November 13)
  • Saweetie
  • (November 20)

Who are the Saturday Night Live 2021 cast members?

The Saturday Night Live cast is divided into two categories: repertory players and featured players. For Saturday Night Live season 47, Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman, who were featured players for seasons 45 and 46, were promoted to repertory players. Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson and Sarah Sherman were also hired as new featured players for season 47. Michael Che and Colin Jost, who are both repertory players, returned as the anchors of the “Weekend Update.” See below for the full list of the Saturday Night live season 47 cast. Beck Bennett, who was a repertory player on Saturday Night Live from 2013 to 2021, and Lauren Holt, who was a featured player from 2020 to 2021, both left the show after season 46.

Repertory players

  • Aidy Bryant
  • Michael Che
  • Pete Davidson
  • Mikey Day
  • Chloe Fineman
  • Heidi Gardner
  • Colin Jost
  • Kate McKinnon
  • Alex Moffat
  • Kyle Mooney
  • Ego Nwodim
  • Chris Redd
  • Cecily Strong
  • Kenan Thompson
  • Melissa Villaseñor
  • Bowen Yang

Featured players

  • Aristotle Athari
  • Andrew Dismukes
  • James Austin Johnson
  • Punkie Johnson
  • Sarah Sherman

Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. on NBC. Stream the next day on Hulu or Peacock.

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