Saturday Night Live: Season 43 (2017 - 2018)


Season 43
Saturday Night Live

Critics Consensus

Saturday Night Live goes full-bore into the current political moment throughout this stilted season, showing an eagerness to engage with the national mood but never matching the series' past insight or laughs.



Critic Ratings: 11


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User Ratings: 224
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Series 43 of the star studded variety show.

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Critic Reviews for Saturday Night Live Season 43

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8)

Sadly, SNL goes into another break of sorts on a weak note.

Feb 5, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

This season premiere is awfully complacent about giving the people what SNL thinks they want.

Oct 9, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Simply put: The Saturday Night Live Season 43 premiere makes it seem like it's going to be a long year.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

If, like me, you've been groaning through Baldwin's bafflingly bad impression of President Trump on SNL for the past nine months, last night's episode should have represented an apex of embarrassment for the apparently shameless 59-year-old actor.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

This 43rd season of Saturday Night Live went out the same way it came in: Unsure how best to tackle Trump's America.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Let's face it, this is why you write for Will Ferrell, to come up with characters like Gareth - the Southwest Airlines flight attendant who's back after a month-long sabbatical and ready to share his hot take on how death is final.

Jan 29, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

[Gal Gadot's] enthusiasm seemed genuine... Alas, Gadot is not very funny and nor are the people who wrote her monologue.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Besides the cold opens and the show's general reliance on outside celebrities (past cast members or not), writing to and trusting the voice of the host has been a big problem of the year, though it has gotten better towards the end of the season.

Aug 24, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It's completely narratively unjustified, its politics are messed up, and it wards off any lingering doubt that SNL has no idea what it's talking about when it talks about sexual harassment. Surprise, surprise.

Nov 13, 2017 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

SNL was was the emptiest show of 2017, and the fact that it was so over-praised makes me worry we'll learn nothing at all from this particular moment in pop cultural history.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite its reputation for political comedy, last night's season premiere proved that Saturday Night Live is much better when it avoids politics.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Saturday Night Live: Season 43

  • Dec 04, 2018
    Keenan Thompson and Villasenor are largely the only funny ones left. Everything is tainted by overly political commentary. bring back the funny
  • May 19, 2018
    This comedic look is important in today's U.S.
  • May 17, 2018
    This show should have retired years ago
  • May 12, 2018
  • May 08, 2018
    Not only has this show become great at making light of everyday current affairs that are affecting our world, it's always a fun time to watch Republicans and baby-boomers with no humor get all huffy about the content SNL gives - Alec Baldwin as Trump is spot on and genuinely funny but those who voted for him or "agree with him" seem to need a 'safe space' they always say us millennials need. All in all, a great show that brings our current affairs into the spotlight, even though some complain about how now 'it's mostly politics and nothing else', but to them I say: turn to another channel, like the Food Network so it won't upset your delicate feelings.
  • May 07, 2018
    This show has been going down hill for years. Probably time to come to an end.
  • Apr 21, 2018
    the show has gotten very stale and its latest host they had on, was ABSOLUTELY UNCOMFORTABLE to watch. the more i watch this show the more i feel that either comedy in snl is dying and they are in DESPERATE need of new writers or i'm in the TWILIGHT zone and its soviet russia.
  • Apr 21, 2018
    please CANCEL. put IT OUT OF ITS MISERY.
  • Apr 14, 2018
    Seriously, why is this show still on the air? Occasionally it may serve up an amusing skit or two but by far it is PC, unfunny and derivative. i think most of their viewers are the new yorkers who are actually at the studio during the live show. it is a marvel to me that this show continues to be aired every year yet be so bad. In living color and mad tv were so much funnier yet were cancelled. simply amazing.
  • Apr 08, 2018
    Funny. Best part is Alec Baldwins Trump.

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