If you managed to survive last year’s FXX marathon of every episode of the Simpsons ever, well, buckle up and find bottles to pee in because VH1 Classic is about to run a 19 day 433 hour marathon of every episode of Saturday Night Live ever to celebrate the iconic sketch comedy’s 40th season on the air. The marathon is set to run from January 28th to February 15th.
Starting with season 39 and running backwards to season 1, the marathon ends with the first-ever episode of the show, which was hosted by George Carlin. And as timing has it, that first episode will run on the 15th between 6:30-8pm, then fans can turn over to NBC and watch an all new 3 hour special (8-11pm) celebrating 40 years of SNL.
There is one big differing character with this marathon than others, and it’s pretty interesting. Rather than running the episodes in chronological order, they’ve opted to rather run the show in related chunks.
Saturday Saturday, January 31th (4–10pm) they will air six episodes that feature Justin Timberlake as host.
Tuesday, February 3rd (6-2pm) an eight-hour block will air celebrating the biggest pop acts that have appeared on the show including Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, John Mayer, Pink, Britney Spears and Usher.
Friday, February 6th (2:30-10pm) will be a block of former SNL cast members returning to host like Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers and Martin Short.
Saturday, February 7th (12-10pm) “Remembering Chris Farley”: Highlights from Farley’s SNL career including Chippendales dancer, insightful interviewer on ‘The Chris Farley Show,’ graceful Lunch Lady, beautiful Gap Girl, and Chicago Bears Super Fan.
Sunday, February 8 (1-12:30am) Party Time! Thirteen straight episodes featuring the sketch “Wayne’s World.”
Wednesday, February 11 (9:30-12:30am) “The Eddie Murphy Years”: Mr. Robinson, Buckwheat, Gumby, Dion and more of Murphy’s legendary characters from the 1981-1984 seasons.
Saturday, February 14 (2:30–10pm) Five episodes hosted by Steve Martin from the series’ first three seasons.
Each Saturday of the 19-day marathon they will break from the action between 10pm-1am to show a movie with an SNL cast member.
Saturday, January 31 at 10pm Macgruber with Will Forte and Kristen Wiig; 11:30pm Black Sheep with Chris Farley and David Spade
Saturday, February 7 at 10pm Trading Places featuring Eddie Murphy
Saturday, February 14 at 10pm The Blues Brothers with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd
So, the marathon is long, but it seems like the overall goal of VH1 Classic appears to be highlight the best parts of the show and maybe gloss over the worst?