Saturday Night Live: Season 44 (2018 - 2019)


Season 44
Saturday Night Live

Critics Consensus

Despite some effective political skewering, SNL's overreliance on celebrity cameos and uneven writing continues to overshadow its moments of comedic catharsis.



Critic Ratings: 8


Audience Score

User Ratings: 220
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Air date: Sep 29, 2018
Air date: Oct 6, 2018
Air date: Oct 13, 2018
Air date: Nov 3, 2018
Air date: Nov 10, 2018
Air date: Nov 17, 2018
Air date: Dec 1, 2018
Air date: Dec 8, 2018
Air date: Dec 15, 2018
Air date: Jan 19, 2019
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Critic Reviews for Saturday Night Live Season 44

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…

"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.

Oct 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Oct 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Sometimes, all that matters is that the show noticed all of the things you noticed, and then made jokes about them.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

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...

Oct 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 1, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Still, whatever this show's faults, it was just good to have "Saturday Night Live" back to find humor in these divisive times.

Oct 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Saturday Night Live: Season 44

  • May 26, 2019
    Season 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, 2019
    How funny how much they bash Trump. So funny I forgot to laugh.
  • May 04, 2019
    Nature Cat is much better this.
  • May 04, 2019
    The 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, 2019
    I love SNL. Always have, always will
  • May 04, 2019
    SNL continues to marginalize 63,000,000 Americans as it continues to show its far left bias and lose it's audience in the "flyover" states. In this age of political correctness and "we know better than you" journalism by the coastal elites, many of us are finding other forms of eentertainment and places to find real news and not the fake /faux outrage posed by the radical left.
  • Apr 13, 2019
    "Orange man bad"
  • Apr 06, 2019
    SNL used to be funny. Now its just stupid a** political crap. It used to be a show that would make you forget all the b.s. going on in the world and allow yourself, if only for one night, to just sit back and have some laughs on them 'cause its the weekend. It was all about pop-culture, entertainment and making fun of our own eccentricities and quirky ways. Now, you can't turn it on without them shoving political schetches in your face - the ENTIRE SHOW. If they want to make a political jab once in a while then, whatever, but, I mean, damn! Give it a rest already! And that goes for all sketches, no matter WHAT political figure they're trashing, whether they're Democrat OR Republican! I digress....
  • Apr 06, 2019
    It's become really unfunny.
  • Apr 05, 2019
    I still enjoy the show, everyone likes to dog the show because of politics. Every person over the age of 60 likes to talk about the glory years, SNL didn't have much competition in the 80s, so of course it was hilarious then. Pull out the vhs and watch those shows now and they really don't hold up, sure you will get some nostalgia but most of the segments are boring too. What I am saying is the show has always been hit or miss, watch with an open mind.

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