Saturday Night Live: Season 40 (2014-2015)
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Landmark, Emmy-winning satire from an ever-changing company of 'Not Ready for Prime Time Players' who rode the variety show to fame, including (to name just a few of its celebrated grads) Eddie Murphy, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Al Franken and Mike Myers. From its debut, with Andy Kaufman's memorably bizarre rendition of the 'Mighty Mouse' theme, through John Belushi's Samurai and Gilda Radner's Roseanne Roseannadanna, 'SNL' forever changed the landscape of TV comedy.
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Staring at itself in the bathroom mirror at age 40, SNL definitely looks its age. And though there is nothing wrong with an existential crisis every decade or so, there are warning flags that what got us to this point, may not get us to 50.
The episode was made solid by a few surprises and a few explosive performances.
Toward the end of "Weekend Update," Pete Davidson, the latest addition to the cast, and the youngest - he's the first SNL'er born in the '90s - showed up. The material was great.
What we hope for are a few good sketches, one terrific taped parody, a couple of flattering showcases for the guest host, and, if we're lucky, an entertaining music act. By this modest measure, the 40th-season premiere was almost very good.
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