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Saturday Night Live turns 40: A look at its international siblings

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For 40 years, Saturday Night Live has been a fixture of American culture, making us laugh and helping to bring some of the biggest comedians to stardom. And given its popularity, it’s not a surprise that the show has also spawned numerous clones in various countries. How do SNL’s international siblings measure up against our beloved American version? Fortunately, you don’t need your passport to find out. Check out our round-up of successes (you go, Korea) and failures (sorry, Spain) below.

SPAIN

First premiering in 2009, Spain’s Saturday Night Live (producers opted to keep the title) actually aired Thursday nights—and in primetime, rather than at 11:30. Interestingly, Spain’s show was the international adaptation that stuck the closest to SNL’s trademark formula, down to musical performances, weekly guest hosts, and well-known sketches that were repeated overseas. Is that part of the reason why the show was so short-lived, only lasting a few episodes? Or was its failure due to the fact that things like “more cowbell” just aren’t as funny when they’re taken out of context?

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