Saturday Night Live: SNL Season 43 Preview Season 43, Ep 0
Vanessa Bayer is gone. Bobby Moynihan is gone. Rumor has it that the head writers are gone. Weekend Update has a summer gig.
The U.S. politics megaposts on the Blue get gummed up with live discussion of "Saturday Night Live" whenever it's new. Should we start treating these as Special Events, pre-posting them and directing traffic over here? [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Dwayne Johnson, Katy Perry Season 42, Ep 21
Host: Dwayne Johnson, Musical Guest: Katy Perry [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Melissa McCarthy, HAIM Season 42, Ep 20
Host: Melissa McCarthy, Musical Guest: HAIM [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Chris Pine, LCD Soundsystem Season 42, Ep 19
Host: Chris Pine, Musical Guest: LCD Soundsystem [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Fallon, Harry Styles Season 42, Ep 18
Host: Jimmy Fallon, Musical Guest: Harry Styles [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Louis C.K., The Chainsmokers Season 42, Ep 17
Host: Louis C.K., Musical Guest: The Chainsmokers [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Scarlett Johansson, Lorde Season 42, Ep 16
Host: Scarlett Johansson, Musical Guest: Lorde [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Octavia Spencer, Father John Misty Season 42, Ep 15
Host: Octavia Spencer, Musical Guest: Father John Misty [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin, Ed Sheeran Season 42, Ep 14
Host: Alec Baldwin, Musical Guest: Ed Sheeran [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Kristen Stewart, Alessia Cara Season 42, Ep 13
Host: Kristen Stewart, Musical Guest: Alessia Cara [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Aziz Ansari, Big Sean Season 42, Ep 12
Host: Aziz Ansari, Musical Guest: Big Sean [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Felicity Jones, Sturgill Simpson Season 42, Ep 11
Host: Felicity Jones; Musical Guest: Sturgill Simpson [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Casey Affleck, Chance The Rapper Season 42, Ep 10
Host: Casey Affleck, Musical Guest: Chance The Rapper [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: John Cena, Maran Morris Season 42, Ep 9
Host: John Cena, Musical Guest: Maran Morris [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Emma Stone, Shawn Mendes Season 42, Ep 8
Host: Emma Stone, Musical Guest: Shawn Mendes [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Kristen Wiig, The xx Season 42, Ep 7
Host: Kristen Wiig, Musical Guest: The xx [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Dave Chappelle, A Tribe Called Quest Season 42, Ep 6
Host: Dave Chappelle, Musical Guest: A Tribe Called Quest [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Benedict Cumberbatch, Solange Season 42, Ep 5
Host: Benedict Cumberbatch, Musical Guest: Solange [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks, Lady Gaga Season 42, Ep 4
Host: Tom Hanks, Musical Guest: Lady Gaga [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Emily Blunt, Bruno Mars Season 42, Ep 3
Host: Emily Blunt, Musical Guest: Bruno Mars [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Twenty One Pilots Season 42, Ep 2
Host: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Musical Guest: Twenty One Pilots [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Margot Robbie, The Weekend Season 42, Ep 1
Host: Margot Robbie, Musical Guest: The Weekend [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: SNL Season 42 Preview Season 42, Ep 0
Two veterans – Taran and Jay – have been given their walking papers a year before their contracts would have expired. Jon Rudnitsky might be dropped as well! What next?
Saturday Night Live: Fred Armisen / Courtney Barnett Season 41, Ep 22
Fred Armisen as host with musical guest Courtney Barnett [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Drake Season 41, Ep 21
Drake host and musical guest [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Russell Crowe / Margo Price Season 41, Ep 17
Russell Crowe shows the world why he doesn't do more comedies. [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Ryan Gosling / Leon Bridges Season 41, Ep 7
Ryan Gosling makes his hosting debut alongside first-time musical guest Leon Bridges.
Saturday Night Live: Matthew McConaughey / Adele Season 41, Ep 6
Matthew McConaughey returns to host, Adele returns to sing, we witness a Thanksgiving Miracle, and Allen Degeneres asks, Should You Chime In On This?
Saturday Night Live: Tracy Morgan / Demi Lovato Season 41, Ep 3
Tracy Morgan returns to Studio 8H to host nearly a year after suffering a near-fatal car accident. [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Amy Schumer / The Weeknd Season 41, Ep 2
Amy Schumer brings the noise in a tight stand-up monologue, and Weekend Update is finding its groove, but the rest is kind of limp. Considering that the host is a sketch artiste in her own right with plenty to say on her own show, the sketches are depressingly generic. Virtually any female guest host could have served as the overbearing friend at someone else's wedding shower, or a badly improv-ing Mary Todd Lincoln re-enactor, or even one of the flight attendants who fall out of the plane. [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Miley Cyrus Season 41, Ep 1
The 41st season premiere brings us Miley Cyrus hosting for the third time (and musical-guesting for the second), only one new cast member (Jon Rudnitsky), and a not-at-all-surprise cameo from Hillary Clinton. [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Louis CK/Rihanna Season 40, Ep 21
Louis CK returns to host the 40th season finale.
Saturday Night Live: Reese Witherspoon/Florence + the Machine Season 40, Ep 20
The cast reminisce about their childhoods with their moms for the Mother's Day episode.
Saturday Night Live: Taraji P. Henson / Mumford & Sons Season 40, Ep 18
A show that just felt... off, with a cold open that more or less just said "Kate McKinnon's going to be Hillary, so get used to her", a weird QVC sketch that didn't go anywhere, and two wheel-of-impressions sketches. On the plus side, a pretty strong Weekend Update that shows Colin Jost and Michael Che are comfortable with each other and the guest characters (including a lumpy Billy Crystal).
Saturday Night Live: Michael Keaton/Carly Rae Jepsen Season 40, Ep 17
Michael Keaton hosts for the first time since 1982 (which is before musical guest Carly Rae Jepsen was born). A few good Easter jokes, Weekend Update finally hitting its stride, and a goofy cameo by Norman Reedus. Fewer sketches that went on for longer and the show ran ... short?
Saturday Night Live: Dakota Johnson/Alabama Shakes Season 40, Ep 14
Dakota Johnson from "Fifty Shades of Grey" hosts for the first time. [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: SNL40 Season 40, Ep 25
A 3 1/2 hour retrospective of the past 40 years of Saturday Night Live on NBC (preceded by a 1 hour Red Carpet special)! [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Kevin Hart/Sia Season 40, Ep 11
The star of "The Wedding Ringer" hosts for a second time. [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Amy Adams & One Direction Season 40, Ep 10
The Christmas episode hits Serial a few times and welcomes back Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen, with all the good and ill that entails.
Saturday Night Live: Martin Freeman/Charli XCX Season 40, Ep 9
The star of the Hobbit series, the UK version of The Office, and the FX series Fargo drops by Studio 8H.
Saturday Night Live: James Franco & Nicki Minaj Season 40, Ep 8
Minaj gets more screen time than expected, but Kate McKinnon gets less screen time than usual. Franco is more animated than usual, but the political bits are less animated than expected. [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Cameron Diaz/Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Season 40, Ep 7
Cameron Diaz returns to host SNL for a fourth time.
Saturday Night Live: Woody Harrelson/Kendrick Lamar Season 40, Ep 6
Woody Harrelson goes on a late-night comedy bender filled with booze, coke, pot, more pot, crack, meth, apples, and more booze.
Saturday Night Live: Chris Rock/Prince Season 40, Ep 5
An uninterrupted eight minute set by Prince couldn't compensate for a night of flubbed lines and flat sketches.
Saturday Night Live: Jim Carrey and Iggy Azalea Season 40, Ep 4
Jim Carrey returns to host a frightfully uneven Halloween episode.
Saturday Night Live: Bill Hader and Hozier Season 40, Ep 3
Bill Hader returns to Studio 8H to play some beloved characters.
Saturday Night Live: Andy Samberg and St. Vincent Season 39, Ep 21
The 39th season ends with a huge homecoming, two Digital Shorts, and a non-political cold open.
Saturday Night Live: Charlize Theron and the Black Keys Season 39, Ep 20
A perfectly acceptable episode, using Theron well enough and featuring a Weekend Update guest we didn't know we've been waiting for since the 1970s. [more inside]