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Saturday Night Live: Season 44 (2018 - 2019)
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I know the season of trash-talking "Saturday Night Live" has begun, but I don't care. I'm glad the NBC show is back, and I will watch it regularly, even though I know it will disappoint me more than it will please me.
"Saturday Night Live" no longer stands as our appointed dispenser of satirical truths. It probably never did. Butsomewhere along the line, it turned into a weekly embalming. We no longer watch it with hope but from sheer inertia.
Sometimes, all that matters is that the show noticed all of the things you noticed, and then made jokes about them.
SNL keeps trying to have its cake and eat it, too: earning the easy credibility of parroting liberal talking points while also harnessing the nonpartisan allure of extreme fame.
Matt Damon, a previous "SNL" host, masterfully took on the Kavanaugh role - sniffing compulsively, turning pages with an aggressive snap and slamming water so hard he was dribbling on his lap.
With the headlines continuing their spiral into conflict and uncertainty, full of heated if necessary social debates, SNL is back to provide a bit of a tonic for it all.
We need shows like SNL to get us through times like these. But anger was largely missing from Saturday night's show, which instead played like a shrugged business-as-usual when it comes to staging political sketches...
Audience Reviews for Saturday Night Live: Season 44
Jun 29, 2020Critic ratings. Definately don't match with the rest of society. The show has rabies and has just gone crazy, mean spirited and agressive. That along with not being able to poke fun at anything but white people. Due to political correctness. 0 rating from me
May 03, 2020The writing is terrible.
Feb 29, 2020The 70% rating by the so called professional critics is telling....
Jan 07, 2020This used to be something I looked forward to all week. However, 4 years of "derp, trump derp derp derp [laughtrack]" has made it quite literally unwatchable. I get it, lorne michaels is unhappy hillary lost, but why do the fans have to suffer for that? What's funny is the cable provider wanted to know why I was cancelling cable, and I said "it's all crap on there", and the guy couldn't argue, so it was a nice easy process. So long SNL, it was (somewhat) good while it lasted. RIP
Oct 02, 2019Time to clean house, unload the dead weight.
May 26, 2019Season 44 writing is awful and can't even trigger a laugh for its funniest of guest hosts. You leave each sketch wondering what the punchline was or scratching your head at the apparent punchline. I'm always struck by the money spent on sets and costumes for some very unfunny stuff. And while writing is key, the current cast doesn't appear to be able to deliver a funny sketch if it were to be produced. Apart, of course, from Kate McKinnon and Keenan Thompson. Cecily Strong has some funny moments. Especially during the weekend updates but she's not being used to her full potential. Leslie Jones has her moments too but needs to evolve under the mentorship of someone like Tina Fey. Colin Jost and Michael Che are actually pretty good. But... overall, gone are those days: Tina, Amy, Maya, Paula Pell and their contemporaries. This season died out before it began. And it's time to go the way of the Adam Sandler cast and start (basically) from scratch. Kate can't carry it by herself anymore. Sadly.
May 19, 2019How funny how much they bash Trump. So funny I forgot to laugh.
May 04, 2019Nature Cat is much better this.
May 04, 2019The problem with SNL is two fold. First, it has chosen to alienate at least half of the country's population with its tired anti-Trump skits. Historically, they've always poked fun at the sitting President but it was always done in jest with humor, e.g. Dana Carvey's impression of the late George H.W. Bush. However, Alec Baldwin does so viciously and mean spirited, devoid of any real humor. And second, the show overall just isn't funny and hasn't been funny in a very long time. Mad TV was actually much funnier than SNL. This is one show I wish would go away.
May 04, 2019I love SNL. Always have, always will