Eddie Murphy; Lizzo
Saturday Night Live Season 45

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Critic Ratings: 12
Critics Consensus

Eddie Murphy's exhilarating return to SNL makes for one of the strongest episodes of the season.

Episode Info

Eddie Murphy hosts.

Cast

Critic Reviews for Eddie Murphy; Lizzo

A triumphant Eddie Murphy returned to "Saturday Night Live" Saturday after half a lifetime, with little rust to show for such a long absence. Not that a little would have mattered anyway.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…
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This was the triumphant return to SNL for which both Murphy and his fans hoped.

Dec 23, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

[A]s this episode reminded everyone: It's very funny when Eddie Murphy yells in a deep voice.

Dec 23, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

This wasn't 90 minutes of why the show used to be good, but why it still matters.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Murphy's return somehow managed to live up to the massive hype preceding it. He reminded us that, when he's working at full power, no one can match him. A true Christmas miracle.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…

This was Eddie Murphy hosting a season 45 episode of Saturday Night Live. But that's still an event, and, in practice, mostly a delight.

Dec 23, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Yet still Murphy managed to find a real spin on his characters and demonstrate the live-wire charm that made him a star in the first place. It was a crucial element for a night that felt like a perfect reunion.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Eddie Murphy's return was worth the 35-year-wait, as he delivers what will surely become a classic SNL episode.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…

The result was not only the best episode of the season, but one of the best episodes in recent memory.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…

From start to finish, [Murphy] was smooth, game, and 100% cool-his old characters as welcome as his fresh sketches.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…

After three decades away from the show that he saved in the 1980s, the comic played the hits and gave 'SNL' some much-needed edge.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Overall, a strong episode boosted by the excitement over Murphy's return.

Dec 23, 2019 | Full Review…