“Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” Those iconic words haven’t changed throughout 41 seasons of SNL, but the title sequence has. Video editor Dominick Nero from A.V. Club assembled 40 years of openers from the late-night sketch comedy series in one handy supercut.
Putting a spotlight on the look of the show, the supercut begins with the 1975 title sequence with simple typography that read, “NBC’s Saturday Night.” Back then the cast featured the likes of Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Gilda Radner. Cut to the present and cast members Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharoah, Cecliy Strong, and the like get their own title cards.
In 2014, SNL director of photography Alex Buono published a post online explaining how that year’s title sequence got made, including how that Yankee Stadium shot came to be.
Watch the video above.