Saturday Night Live aired its thirty-sixth season during the 2010–2011 television season on NBC. This season began on September 25, 2010 with former cast member Amy Poehler serving as host and Katy Perry as the musical guest, and ended on May 21, 2011 with Justin Timberlake serving as host and Lady Gaga as musical guest.

Prior to the start of the season, many cast changes occurred. Will Forte, who had been with the show since 2002, announced on August 26, 2010 that he would be leaving the show. Featured player Jenny Slate was let go from the show after only one season. Abby Elliott and Bobby Moynihan were promoted to repertory status, becoming the first featured players to be promoted since 2006.

The show hired four new cast members: Chicago improvisers Vanessa Bayer and Paul Brittain from ImprovOlympic; stand-up comic/impressionist Jay Pharoah; and comedic actor Taran Killam of The Groundlings, who, like Jeff Richards was a former cast member on SNL's rival sketch show, MADtv.

This season also debuted a new animated feature voiced by former SNL cast members, called "Greetings from American America", created by former SNL head writer Fred Wolf.
22 Episodes
  • Amy Poehler with Katy Perry
    Amy Poehler with Katy PerryEpisode 1
  • Bryan Cranston with Kanye West
    Bryan Cranston with Kanye WestEpisode 2
  • Jane Lynch with Bruno Mars
    Jane Lynch with Bruno MarsEpisode 3
  • Emma Stone with Kings of Leon
    Emma Stone with Kings of LeonEpisode 4
  • Jon Hamm with Rihanna
    Jon Hamm with RihannaEpisode 5
  • Scarlett Johansson with Arcade Fire
    Scarlett Johansson with Arcade FireEpisode 6
  • Anne Hathaway with Florence and the Machine
    Anne Hathaway with Florence and the MachineEpisode 7
  • Robert De Niro with Diddy-Dirty Money
    Robert De Niro with Diddy-Dirty MoneyEpisode 8
  • Paul Rudd with Paul McCartney
    Paul Rudd with Paul McCartneyEpisode 9
  • Jeff Bridges with Eminem
    Jeff Bridges with EminemEpisode 10
  • Jim Carrey with The Black Keys
    Jim Carrey with The Black KeysEpisode 11
  • Gwyneth Paltrow with Cee Lo Green
    Gwyneth Paltrow with Cee Lo GreenEpisode 12
  • Jesse Eisenberg with Nicki Minaj
    Jesse Eisenberg with Nicki MinajEpisode 13
  • Dana Carvey with Linkin Park
    Dana Carvey with Linkin ParkEpisode 14
  • Russell Brand with Chris Brown
    Russell Brand with Chris BrownEpisode 15
  • Miley Cyrus with The Strokes
    Miley Cyrus with The StrokesEpisode 16
  • Zach Galifianakis with Jessie J.
    Zach Galifianakis with Jessie J.Episode 17
  • Elton John with Leon Russell
    Elton John with Leon RussellEpisode 18
  • Helen Mirren with Foo Fighters
    Helen Mirren with Foo FightersEpisode 19
  • Tina Fey with Ellie Goulding
    Tina Fey with Ellie GouldingEpisode 20
  • Ed Helms with Paul Simon
    Ed Helms with Paul SimonEpisode 21
  • Justin Timberlake with Lady Gaga
    Justin Timberlake with Lady GagaEpisode 22
Cast of Season 36
  • Vanessa BayerSelf - Various Characters
  • Bobby MoynihanSelf - Various Characters
  • Kenan ThompsonSelf - Various Characters
  • Kristen WiigSelf - Various Characters
  • Seth MeyersSelf - Various Characters
  • Bill HaderSelf - Various Characters
  • Andy SambergSelf - Various Characters
  • Jason SudeikisSelf - Various Characters
  • Abby ElliottSelf - Various Characters
  • Nasim PedradSelf - Various Characters
  • Fred ArmisenSelf - Various Characters

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