History YMMV / SaturdayNightLive

1st May '16 6:42:39 AM darkpowrjd
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* DudeNotFunny: From the TinaFey and AmyPoehler show, Amy and Tina (playing herself) host a game show called "Meet Your Second Wife" where three men are introduced to the women who will become their second wives in the future. The first is currently just a 13 year old girl, whom Bobby Moynihan's character will leave his wife for when he becomes a successful novelist in seven years. The second is a ''five'' year old who Taran Killian will meet when she becomes an intern at his software company who was recommended by her college roommate, Killian's daughter. The last contestant played by Kenan Thompson (whose current wife Leslie Jones is sitting angrily in the audience) hopes his second wife isn't white but Cecily Strong walks out. At first he's relieved she isn't a child but Amy and Tina reveal that actually Cecily is '''three months pregnant with his future second wife''' and they show a sonogram of her!

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From the TinaFey and AmyPoehler show, Amy and Tina (playing herself) host a game show called "Meet Your Second Wife" where three men are introduced to the women who will become their second wives in the future. The first is currently just a 13 year old girl, whom Bobby Moynihan's character will leave his wife for when he becomes a successful novelist in seven years. The second is a ''five'' year old who Taran Killian will meet when she becomes an intern at his software company who was recommended by her college roommate, Killian's daughter. The last contestant played by Kenan Thompson (whose current wife Leslie Jones is sitting angrily in the audience) hopes his second wife isn't white but Cecily Strong walks out. At first he's relieved she isn't a child but Amy and Tina reveal that actually Cecily is '''three months pregnant with his future second wife''' and they show a sonogram of her!her!
** One of the more infamous situations involved when AndrewDiceClay was slated to host on Season 15 (same episode Sinéad O'Connor had appeared on, which gives you context as to how this entire episode was fueled by controversy...yeah, Dice Clay actually DID end up hosting this episode). One of the cast members, NoraDunn, was to have her contract be up after the season concluded. However, her objection to the BlackComedy Dice Clay usually does (as well as his well known reputation of being a PersonaNonGrata) became well publicized, and it eventually led to her not having her contract renewed, and she left the show after this season. There's some debate on why producers didn't choose to renew Dunn's contract (with JonLovitz once saying that she was a very hard person to work with), but this episode is cited as one of, if not THE, reason she left the show.[[note]]And she has yet to be mentioned as a former SNL cast member or even make an appearance on SNL, host, guest, or otherwise, since, showing how much the two parties broke ties.[[/note]]
7th Mar '16 6:08:11 PM Rbrtblnk
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* DudeNotFunny: From the TinaFey and AmyPoehler show, Amy and Tina (playing herself) host a game show called "Meet Your Second Wife" where three men are introduced to the women who will become their second wives in the future. The first is currently just a 13 year old girl, whom Bobby Moynihan's character will leave his wife for when he becomes a successful novelist in seven years. The second is a ''five'' year old who Taran Killian will meet when she becomes an intern at his software company who was recommended by her college roommate, Killian's daughter. The last contestant played by Kenan Thompson (whose current wife Leslie Jones is sitting angrily in the audience) hopes his second wife isn't white but Cecily Strong walks out. At first he's relieved she isn't a child but Amy and Tina reveal that actually Cecily is '''three months pregnant with his future second wife''' and they show a sonogram of her!
23rd Jan '16 11:27:43 AM nombretomado
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** There is a common misconception that SteveMartin (one of ''SNL''[='s=] most frequent hosts) was a cast member. He was on LorneMichaels' failed ABC sketch show ''The New Show'', but he was never an ''SNL'' cast member.

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** There is a common misconception that SteveMartin Creator/SteveMartin (one of ''SNL''[='s=] most frequent hosts) was a cast member. He was on LorneMichaels' failed ABC sketch show ''The New Show'', but he was never an ''SNL'' cast member.
12th Jan '16 11:28:04 AM captainmarkle
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* BestKnownForTheFanservice: ChanningTatum's first time hosting (who actually ''was'' a stripper for a year before becoming an actor), [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/11/11mmono.phtml the monologue especially]]. The only non-stripper bits people remember from this episode is the ''Newt Gingrich: Moon President'' cold opening and the Weekend Update segment with KristenWiig as Music/LanaDelRey trying to defend herself against claims that her performance on ''SNL'' was a disaster because of her atonal caterwauling and inability to move around.

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ChanningTatum's first time hosting (who actually ''was'' a stripper for a year before becoming an actor), [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/11/11mmono.phtml the monologue especially]]. The only non-stripper bits people remember from this episode is the ''Newt Gingrich: Moon President'' cold opening and the Weekend Update segment with KristenWiig as Music/LanaDelRey trying to defend herself against claims that her performance on ''SNL'' was a disaster because of her atonal caterwauling and inability to move around.



** The episode hosted by AlecBaldwin and his wife at the time KimBasinger on February 12, 1994 will forever be remembered as the episode that had the "Canteen Boy Gets Molested" sketch (and the episode after that, hosted by MartinLawrence, will be remembered for Martin's raunchy monologue about women's hygiene [which was so tasteless, it nearly got everyone on the show fired and is often cut in reruns and replaced with title cards explaining the gist of the monologue and why it can't be shown on TV anymore]).
** Likewise (for a nonsexual example) for the Tim Robbins episode from season 18, which was the notorious episode in which SineadOConnor rips PopeJohnPaulII's photo and screams, "Fight the real enemy!"

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** The episode hosted by AlecBaldwin Creator/AlecBaldwin and his wife at the time KimBasinger Creator/KimBasinger on February 12, 1994 will forever be remembered as the episode that had the "Canteen Boy Gets Molested" sketch (and the episode after that, hosted by MartinLawrence, Creator/MartinLawrence, will be remembered for Martin's raunchy monologue about women's hygiene [which was so tasteless, it nearly got everyone on the show fired and is often cut in reruns and replaced with title cards explaining the gist of the monologue and why it can't be shown on TV anymore]).
** Likewise (for a nonsexual example) for the Tim Robbins episode from season 18, which was the notorious episode in which SineadOConnor Music/SineadOConnor rips PopeJohnPaulII's UsefulNotes/PopeJohnPaulII's photo and screams, "Fight the real enemy!"



* BrokenBase: Dick Ebersol's era. Some regard it as the high point of the show after the original cast; others think of it as a bastardized version of the original concept, designed to pimp EddieMurphy and Joe Piscopo (and later, Martin Short, Billy Crystal, and ChristopherGuest) at the expense of everyone else. [[TakeAThirdOption And there are those who say that it may not be as great as]] LorneMichaels' [[TakeAThirdOption original cast, but it is worlds better than what Jean Doumanian turned out in her short stint as executive producer]].

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Dick Ebersol's era. Some regard it as the high point of the show after the original cast; others think of it as a bastardized version of the original concept, designed to pimp EddieMurphy and Joe Piscopo (and later, Martin Short, Billy Crystal, and ChristopherGuest) at the expense of everyone else. [[TakeAThirdOption And there are those who say that it may not be as great as]] LorneMichaels' [[TakeAThirdOption original cast, but it is worlds better than what Jean Doumanian turned out in her short stint as executive producer]].



* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: There is a common misconception that SteveMartin (one of ''SNL''[='s=] most frequent hosts) was a cast member. He was on LorneMichaels' failed ABC sketch show ''The New Show'', but he was never an ''SNL'' cast member.

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There is a common misconception that SteveMartin (one of ''SNL''[='s=] most frequent hosts) was a cast member. He was on LorneMichaels' failed ABC sketch show ''The New Show'', but he was never an ''SNL'' cast member.



* CreatorsPet: Not so much in the past, but these days, Lorne most definitely has his favorites. Some of these favorites include JimmyFallon, TinaFey, AmyPoehler, Fred Armisen, WillForte, KristenWiig, Taran Killam and Kate [=McKinnon=]. There were surely some from the past, but it seems even more blatant now.
** For Dick Ebersol, EddieMurphy was his pet UpToEleven, and he wasn't shy about letting you know that. SNL was basically the Eddie Murphy Show from Season 7 to 9 (until Murphy left). After that it became the Billy Crystal / ChristopherGuest / Martin Short show. Ebersole definitely thought in terms of "This person/people are the lead(s), and everyone else is backup."

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* CreatorsPet: Not so much in the past, but these days, Lorne most definitely has his favorites. Some of these favorites include JimmyFallon, TinaFey, AmyPoehler, Creator/JimmyFallon, Creatpr/TinaFey, Creator/AmyPoehler, Fred Armisen, WillForte, KristenWiig, Creator/WillForte, Creator/KristenWiig, Taran Killam and Kate [=McKinnon=]. There were surely some from the past, but it seems even more blatant now.
** For Dick Ebersol, EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy was his pet UpToEleven, and he wasn't shy about letting you know that. SNL was basically the Eddie Murphy Show from Season 7 to 9 (until Murphy left). After that it became the Billy Crystal / ChristopherGuest / Martin Short show. Ebersole definitely thought in terms of "This person/people are the lead(s), and everyone else is backup."


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* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: While the episode hosted by Donald Trump opened to terrible critical reviews and resulted in an InternetBackdraft, it was one of the more successful episodes in terms of ratings.
10th Jan '16 1:12:37 PM nitro1995
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*** Then again, that's probably not so much fanservice-y as it is controversial.
14th Dec '15 7:15:44 AM BugsFan17
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** More recently, the Creator/ChrisHemsworth episode allowed Cecily Strong to show some considerable pipes in the "Sing Along" sketch.
23rd Nov '15 7:22:24 AM Larkmarn
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* InternetBackdraft: Donald Trump's appearance as host during his 2016 Presidential campaign suffered from a great deal of backlash. Before the episode even aired, NBC took a lot of fire for seemingly flip-flopping on Trump after they very publicly cut ties with him months earlier. An activist organization offered viewers of the live performance $5,000 to heckle Trump by yelling out "you're a racist" on-air. And finally, after the episode aired, complaints abounded that Trump was only on the episode for 14 minutes, and his appearances were just extended campaign commercials (particularly one sketch where the entire joke was "things went well under President Trump").
9th Sep '15 12:42:28 AM HarryLovesHermione
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** Creator/MayaRudolph has shown off her singing ability (she was in a band prior to being on ''SNL'' and had parents who were involved in the music industry).

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** Creator/MayaRudolph has shown off her singing ability (she was in a band prior to being on ''SNL'' and had parents who were involved in the music industry).industry; her mom, Minnie Riperton, is best known for the hit song, and famous high note, "Lovin' You", a song conceived as a lullaby for baby Maya).
14th Jul '15 4:01:38 PM Eagal
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* DudeNotFunny: Some of SethMeyers' jokes on Weekend Update are often met with the audience groaning over how tasteless the joke is. In fact, a lot of past Weekend Update anchors have had this happen to them (particularly Brad Hall, DennisMiller, [[Creator/NormMacDonald Norm [=MacDonald=]]], and Colin Quinn)
** In a 1995 "Weekend Update" sketch, Creator/DavidSpade, as part of his "Hollywood Minute" segment, said "Look, kids, a falling star! Make a wish!" as he mocked Creator/EddieMurphy's (then-)lackluster career. This made Murphy so mad that he called SNL about it. To this day, Murphy still hasn't forgiven Spade. It should be noted that, years earlier, Murphy did a bit during "Weekend Update" on a possible return of the military draft. Concerned that he might get drafted, and deprive SNL of its token black cast member, he suggested someone else get selected. Someone he said whose very name scared him: notoriously-underused original cast member Garrett Morris, whom he pointedly noted wasn't very busy at that time. Making the Creator/DavidSpade joke LaserGuidedKarma, perhaps?
** The cheapkids.net commercials are about parents who don't want to spend money on raising children and buy them extremely inferior products. The ads reek of child abuse, though that was probably done to take the edge off the fact that ParisHilton was hosting the episode and wasn't doing a good job of it.
** Season 38 had Jamie Foxx's monologue began with a segment called 'How Black is That?' which was filled with racially charged comments. His most appalling comment of the night, "[[DjangoUnchained I get free. I save my wife and I kill all the white people in the movie, how great is that?]].
** Despite talking about how awesome it was for America to rise up from adversity after the Boston Marathon Bombing and 9/11, ChrisRock's monologue during the 40th season alienated a lot of people when he joked about the new Freedom Tower (one joke being, "who was the sponsor, Target?") and "the last thing you want to hear after you run 26 miles is...run!" In fact, the audience's stifled and delayed laughter says it best. The worst part is when you realize Pete Davidson's (someone in the cast who was born in 1993) dad was a firefighter and died in 9/11.
10th Jul '15 5:24:05 PM nombretomado
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** Season 11 (when Lorne Michaels came back and tried to assemble a cast of semi-famous people to be cast members, only to almost get canned due to plummeting Nielsen ratings) from 1985-86 also counts. According to the book "Live From New York: The Uncensored History of ''Saturday Night Live''", a lot of the staff (including AlFranken and then-future ''TheSimpsons'' writer George Meyer) view Season 11 as terrible because the first episode hosted by {{Madonna}} wasn't well-received, which led to plummeting ratings and reviews stating that ''SNL''[='s=] new cast at the time wasn't funny, the writing was too weird and thin, and the show as a whole has run its course and needed to end.

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** Season 11 (when Lorne Michaels came back and tried to assemble a cast of semi-famous people to be cast members, only to almost get canned due to plummeting Nielsen ratings) from 1985-86 also counts. According to the book "Live From New York: The Uncensored History of ''Saturday Night Live''", a lot of the staff (including AlFranken and then-future ''TheSimpsons'' writer George Meyer) view Season 11 as terrible because the first episode hosted by {{Madonna}} {{Music/Madonna}} wasn't well-received, which led to plummeting ratings and reviews stating that ''SNL''[='s=] new cast at the time wasn't funny, the writing was too weird and thin, and the show as a whole has run its course and needed to end.
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