Tonight marks the first real presidential debate in four years, even though it may seem like we've been in a state of perpetual debating for the last year or so. But let's face it: Is there any reason for a presidential debate other than to see how "Saturday Night Live" will spoof it the following weekend?

We've compiled every "SNL" debate available online, going all the way back to the Gerald Ford/Jimmy Carter debate parodies from the first season that helped put the show on the map.

Also, Bill Murray played Ted Kennedy once. That was a thing.

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  • 1976: Ford/Carter

    Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford: "It was my understanding that there would be no math."

  • 1976: Ford/Carter

    We all want to read "Transsexuals In Politics."

  • 1976: Ford/Carter

    Ford "enjoys swimming, football, and inexplicably sending men into Cambodia."

  • 1980: Consolation Debate

    George Bush (Jim Downey) and Ted Kennedy (Bill Murray) hold a "consolation debate" to see who gets the bronze medal.

  • 1988: Bush/Dukakis

    Dana Carvey as George H.W. Bush: "On track. Stay the course. A thousand points of light. Stay the course." Jon Lovitz as Michael Dukakis: "I can't believe I'm losing to this guy."

  • 1992: Democratic Debate

    Jerry Brown (Dana Carvey) and Bill Clinton (Phil Hartman) decide what and what not to talk about during the Democratic debate.

  • 1992: Bush / Clinton / Perot

    Watch Dana Carvey pull double duty playing both George Bush and Ross Perot.

  • 1996: Dole / Clinton

    The only animated "SNL" debate gets the TV Funhouse treatment and uses the real audio from the Clinton/Dole match-up.

  • 2000: Gore / Bush

    Harkening the new era of "SNL" political comedy were the Bush/Gore debate. "Lock box" and "strategery" became instant catchphrases.

  • 2000: Gore / Bush

    Undecided voters, what are we going to do with them?

  • 2004: Kerry / Bush

    Bush (Will Forte) some times has to work Saturdays, "if that's what it takes."

  • 2004: Town Hall Meeting

    John Kerry (Seth Meyers) zings Bush by calling him not the Commander in Chief, but rather "Meandering Thief." Oh, goodness.

  • 2004: Kerry / Bush

    We really enjoyed the "World Literature" debate, the "Sports Trivia" one was a little hard to follow.

  • 2008: Democratic Debate

    "SNL" took on the widespread perception that the press was in the tank for Obama during the Democratic primary.

  • 2008: Democratic Debate

    Here's some classic Amy Poehler as Hillary. In this one, Brian Williams tells Sen. Clinton, "Excuse me, we'll ask the questions here, sister."

  • 2008: McCain / Obama

    "McCain Proposal: Candidates Suspend Campaign, Stage Three Nude Town Hall Meetings."

  • 2008: VP Debate: Palin / Biden

    Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Jason Sudeikis as Joe Biden is a match-up made in comedy heaven.

  • 2008: Town Hall Meeting (Part 1)

    McCain (Darrell Hammond) has a lot of trouble remembering names.

  • 2008: Town Hall Meeting (Part 2)

    William Murray has an important question. However, everyone needs to pay attention to time.

  • 2008: Obama / McCain

    Joe The Plumber humor ensues. Don't worry, he has a magical plumber that could maybe fix America (who may or may not be imaginary).

  • 2012: GOP Undeclared Candidates Debate

    "SNL" couldn't wait to pump out debate sketches as soon as the GOP started chomping at the bit to beat Obama.

  • 2012: Either The 7th Or 8th GOP Debate

    Alec Baldwin as Rick Perry! Yes, please. Perry says, "Rick Perry only listens to two people, Jesus Christ and Rachel Maddow."

  • 2012: Yet Another GOP Debate

    Ron Paul might actually still be in that parking garage somewhere.

  • 2012: GOP Debate

    We wish Rick Perry were still in the race just to see Bill Hader's impression.

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