Saturday Night Live

10 Best Episodes of Saturday Night Live

A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, who usually delivers an opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast, and features performances by a musical guest.

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Saturday Night Live - S34E21

#15 - Justin Timberlake/Ciara (Season 34 - Episode 21)


The episode was rated 8.65 from 17 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S34E4

#14 - Anne Hathaway/The Killers (Season 34 - Episode 4)


Sketches include "The Vice Presidential Debate," "The Lawrence Welk Show," "The Wall Street Bailout," "Nightclub Flirting," "Extreme Activities Competition" (Digital Short), "Mary Poppins," "Sioux City News 3," "Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals," "Pretending To Be Gay," and "The Less Provocactive Songs of Katy Perry." The Killers performed "Human" and "Spaceman."

The episode was rated 8.67 from 15 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S37E22

#13 - Mick Jagger with Arcade Fire, Jeff Beck, Foo Fighters (Season 37 - Episode 22)

Mick Jagger performs "The Last Time" with Arcade Fire, "19th Nervous Breakdown" and "It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll" with Foo Fighters, and a duo with Jeff Beck. Skits include: The Lawrence Welk Show, Secret Word, Karaoke Champ, Lazy Sunday 2, Politics Nation, So You Think You Can Dance At An Outdoor Music Festival, The Californians, Graduation Day.

The episode was rated 8.70 from 37 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S37E17

#12 - Jonah Hill with The Shins (Season 37 - Episode 17)


The Shins perform “Simple Song" and “It’s Only Life” Skits include: Benihana, Science Finders, J-Pop America Funtime Now!, Primate Research Center, Liza Minelli Tries To Turn Off A Lamp, Anniversary Orchestra

The episode was rated 8.74 from 27 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S36E13

#11 - Jesse Eisenberg with Nicki Minaj (Season 36 - Episode 13)

Sketches include Bachmann Address Cold Open, Eisenberg Monologue featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Estromaxx, Mister Wizard, Herb Welch, An SNL Digital Short: The Creep featuring Nicki Minaj, Weekend Update, Bride of Blackenstein, MTV Skins, and more.

The episode was rated 8.79 from 19 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S36E20

#10 - Tina Fey with Ellie Goulding (Season 36 - Episode 20)


Sketches include Osama Cold Open, Mother's Message Monologue, GOP Debate, Mermaid, An SNL Digital Short: Jack Sparrow, Weekend Update, Birthing Class, Bedelia - Sleepover, Pregnant in Heels, Discount Prom Wear, and Hallmark Mother's Day.

The episode was rated 8.80 from 25 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S35E21

#9 - Betty White/Jay-Z (Season 35 - Episode 21)

Sketches include "Lawrence Welk Cold Open," "Betty White Monologue," "NPR," "The Manuel Ortiz Show," "Gingey," "Weekend Update," featuring Molly Shannon as Sally O'Malley and Betty White as Dottie Donigan, "Scared Straight" and "Census 2010."

The episode was rated 8.82 from 33 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S29E2

#8 - Justin Timberlake (Season 29 - Episode 2)


Live From New York, It's...Darrell Hammond Sketches include, ""Hardball"", ""Punk'd: Barely Legal"", ""Schwarzenegger Press Conference"", ""A Message From Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson"", ""Omletteville vs., Benny's"", ""DirecTV"", ""Boston Teens"", ""The Sharon Osbourne Show"", ""Justin and Kermit The Frog"", ""Carl Weathers For Governor"", ""Amy Loves Justin"", and ""The Barry Gibb Talk Show.""

The episode was rated 8.82 from 11 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S5E1

#7 - Steve Martin/Blondie (Season 5 - Episode 1)

Sketches include ""The Pope's Doorman,"" ""Craig's Travellers' Checks,"" ""Free Spanish Lesson,"" ""Juvenile Delinquent Vandal,"" ""Rise,"" ""Carole King,"" ""The David Susskind Show,"" ""Bolshoi Ballet,"" ""The All-New Mr. Bill Show,"" ""What the Hell is That?"". Blondie performs "Dreaming" and "The Hardest Part".

The episode was rated 8.83 from 12 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S37E10

#6 - Jimmy Fallon with Michael Bublé (Season 37 - Episode 10)


Michael Bublé performs “A Holly, Jolly Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Skits include: Sully and Denise, Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda, Michael Bublé Christmas Duets, Mirror Sketch, 1920s Party, Half Jewish, Half Italian, Completely Neurotic, Seasons Greetings From Saturday Night Live, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Regional Production of “War Horse, Tebow and Jesus.

The episode was rated 8.88 from 40 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S35E19

#5 - Ryan Phillippe/Ke$ha (Season 35 - Episode 19)


The episode was rated 8.90 from 10 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S35E14

#4 - Ashton Kutcher/Them Crooked Vultures (Season 35 - Episode 14)


Actor Ashton Kutcher hosts; Them Crooked Vultures perform "Mind Eraser, No Chaser" and "New Fang." Sketches include "On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren," "Gertrude's Will," "The View," "Cialis for Threeways Commercial," "Roman Slave Boy," "Weekend Update" with guests Liam (a teenager who just woke up), Eliot Spitzer, Jean K. Jean, and Garth and Kat, "What Is Burn Notice?" "Access Hollywood's Oscar Coverage," "An Even-Tempered Apology from Rahm Emanuel," and "Wedding Band.

The episode was rated 9.00 from 10 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S34E20

#3 - Zac Efron/Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Season 34 - Episode 20)


The episode was rated 9.00 from 10 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S36E22

#2 - Justin Timberlake with Lady Gaga (Season 36 - Episode 22)


Sketches include Rikers Island, Liquorville, WXPD News, Three-Way (Digital Short), What's That Name?, Merry-Go-Love Tunnel, Secret Word and The Barry Gibbs Talk Show. Lady Gaga performs "The Edge of Glory", "Judas" and "Born This Way".

The episode was rated 9.13 from 31 votes.

Saturday Night Live - S37E15

#1 - Maya Rudolph with Sleigh Bells (Season 37 - Episode 15)

Sleigh Bells perform “Comeback Kid" and “End of the Line" Skits include: New York Sports Now, Bronx Beat, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Laughs, Beyonce and Jay Z, What’s Up With That?, Super Showcase, A Message from First Lady Michelle Obama, How’s He Doing?

The episode was rated 9.14 from 43 votes.

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