Saturday Night Live: The Best and Worst of Lena Dunham

by Aly Semigran March 10, 2014 10:41 am
<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: The Best and Worst of Lena Dunham

How you already felt about Lena Dunham going into this weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live more than likely dictated how you watched and, thus, felt about the episode as a whole. If you're cool with Dunham, you probably got a kick out of the episode, but if you're not -- what appeared to be the entirety of the Internet -- you couldn't stand it. Even though I've had some issues with Girls this season, I tend to lean closer to Team Dunham, so I thought overall this was a pretty damn good episode. (Though, maybe compared to last week's Jim Parsons disaster, everything seems like a damn good episode.) Still, there were overwhelmingly better sketches than weak ones, and after a shaky monologue, Dunham settled in as the night went on. Sure, the SNL writers kind of went the obvious route with her (nudity!) but it was, overall, one of the stronger showings in 2014 so far. Here are the best and worst moments from Lena Dunham's debut as SNL host, with a little help from Liam Neeson and Jon Hamm:

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Paul Rudd and One Direction

by Aly Semigran December 9, 2013 10:09 am
<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: The Best of Paul Rudd and One Direction

Whether you're a fan of Paul Rudd (present!) or One Direction or Paul Rudd and One Direction, you were probably as satisfied a customer as Dan Charles with this week's Saturday Night Live. While the episode wasn't consistently great (nor was it Rudd's best outing as host) it was still the most entertaining, if not funniest episode so far this season. I mean, it definitely doesn't hurt when you have someone as naturally comedically gifted as Rudd on board (plus, he danced a whole bunch! 1D didn't even do that!), a boatload of awesome special guests, two solid musical performances, and the long-awaited return of Bill Brasky. To Bill Brasky! Here are the best and worst moments of this weekend's SNL:

Saturday Night Live: The Best and Worst of Lady Gaga

by Aly Semigran November 18, 2013 9:52 am
<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: The Best and Worst of Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and her giant, unblinking eyes served as both host and musical guest on this weekend's Saturday Night Live. The main themes of the episode seemed to be Gaga poking fun of herself poking fun at other celebrities, and who could forget (no, really, just try and scrub it from your memory), simulating sex with R. Kelly on live television. She was, unsurprisingly, an enthusiastic performer and gave her first hosting effort her best (she's appeared as a musical guest and had cameos on the show before), but the episode still provided way more moments of discomfort than actual laughs, not to mention all the mixed messages. Was she actually showing us her true colors, or as she suggested in the opening monologue, just pandering to all of us? Either way, it worked, because Gaga earned season-high ratings. Here are the best and worst moments from her episode:

<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: The Best and Worst of Miley Cyrus, Her Tongue and Her “Sex Tape”

Just in case Miley Cyrus hasn't had enough exposure as of late, the headline-grabbing 20-year-old served as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend. While you have to give the singer/actress credit for being so willing to poke fun at herself (including her tongue, which she can't seem to keep in her head) her persona as a Spring Breakers cautionary tale come to life was still on full display. While Cyrus' comic timing hasn't matured past her work on Hannah Montana, she was as only as good as the material she was given. (That weak cold open and her opening monologue tried -- and failed -- to have anything funny or new to say about that infamous VMA performance, though the cracks at Robin Thicke and Will Smith's easily shocked children were amusing and warranted). If you're a Cyrus apologist, the episode was likely a favorite (she appeared on screen more than last week's host Tina Fey did), but if you're exhausted by the star and her whole wild-child shtick, you probably felt, well, exhausted by the whole production. Here are our picks for the best and worst moments from the mercifully twerk-free episode:

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