SNL kicked off its 38th season with host Seth MacFarlane and quite a few of his signature voices. Despite the absence of Kristin Wiig, Abby Elliott and Andy Samberg, it was a pretty good start to the season. The premiere also featured the debut of three new featured players and while Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong seem to have some potential, the six seconds that Aidy Bryant was onscreen weren't really enough to judge her skills. Only a few sketches missed the mark this time (can we just retire Fred Armisen's replacement talk show host please?), so here are some of the night's best.
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Lindsay Lohan returned to host Saturday Night Live this weekend for the third time with nothing to promote besides her own return to the public spotlight. Based on her nervous, awkward presence, though, maybe should have stayed in the shadows awhile longer, especially since Jon Hamm was on hand to act as a backup host. Sure his presence was supposed to be a gag, but we couldn't help but think how much better some of the sketches would have been had they featured the Man Men star instead of the former mean girl. Here are the skits that would have been instantly improved by the addition of some prime Hamm.
Were you aware Channing Tatum existed? Did you know he had an extremely attractive body? Well, if you watched Saturday Night Live this week (which raked in average numbers), you do now. I have very little to say about this episode as a whole, but just in case you're suffering the post-Super Bowl blues like I am (or are feeling down in the dumps for probably more important reasons), I've tried to extract a few enjoyable moments from the episode. And I'm sorry to even bring this up, but I'll warn you in advance that now that Paul Brittain has left the cast, our Lord Windermere days are probably over.
So, this episode of Saturday Night Live wasn't very good at all, a fact that revealed itself about three seconds into Charles Barkley's unintelligible monologue. I mean no disrespect to Barkley: the guy is extremely -- I'd almost say objectively -- endearing and it seemed like he was trying his best to apply his limited acting chops on each sketch handed to him. Given that this season of SNL has been uneven, an episode hosted by a person who can't carry a scene was just asking for trouble -- after all, there's only so many skits in which you can juxtapose Barkley with pint-sized Paul Brittain. Though, I've got to say, I think I've turned into a Cecil lover. Get that man some sweets!
As predicted, Jimmy Fallon was back to host Saturday Night Llive this week, bringing with him a few beloved alumni and a handful of rebooted classic sketches. There were only so many "Kristen Wiig plays a crazy woman" sketches that I was able to tolerate (though those little raccoons at the end of "1920's Holiday Party" were adorable), but all in all, "Jimmy Fallon/Michael Bublé" was a harmless trip down memory lane with a few notable highlights.
Much like the entire series of Boardwalk Empire, this week's Saturday Night Live was dull and forgettable, though not entirely offensively bad. I don't think I had any full-blown laughs at all while watching "Steve Buscemi/The Black Keys", but there were moments that I definitely enjoyed, I guess. In the spirit of our host, let's rate the most memorable sketches on a relative scale based on Buscemi's past roles.
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