Critic 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.
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News & Interviews for Saturday Night Live: Season 43
Sadly, SNL goes into another break of sorts on a weak note.
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.
Simply put: The Saturday Night Live Season 43 premiere makes it seem like it's going to be a long year.
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.
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.
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