The 41st season of Saturday Night Live premieres this Saturday! That means I’ll be back every week, reviewing the sketches, hosts, and what-have-you. Let’s talk about how last season went, and what you’d like to see done differently this time.
I’m not the only SNL fan on this website, not by a mile — Dave and I collaborated on our own awards for last season, picking our favorite monologues, musical guests, and even more what-have-you. But I know there are lots of commenters in the Viewers Club too, and I want this feature to be the best it can possibly be for those of you who come back every week.
That change begins with the way episodes are scored. Here’s the blurb you’ll find at the start of every review from last season:
A sketch not worth watching at all receives a 0, a sketch that doesn’t stand out but didn’t totally flop gets a 1/2, and a sketch that does its job of entertaining and delivering a few laughs will earn 1 point. A standout sketch that goes above and beyond will receive the normal point plus 1 bonus point.
I’ll say up front that I’m satisfied with this system, but that can always change. Have an idea? Please comment below.
For that matter, comment with any ideas you have for spicing this feature up. We’re here because we love the live sketch comedy NBC provides every Saturday. So let’s talk about it the best way we can!
And hey, if you want to re-watch any old episodes (thanks, Hulu!), the full list of last season’s reviews is right here:
- Chris Pratt with Ariana Grande
- Sarah Silverman with Maroon 5
- Bill Hader with Hozier
- Jim Carry with Iggy Izalea
- Chris Rock with Prince
- Woody Harrelson with Kendrick Lamar
- Cameron Diaz with Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars
- James Franco with Nicki Minaj
- Martin Freeman with Charli XCX
- Amy Adams with One Direction
- Kevin Hart with Sia
- Blake Shelton
- J.K. Simmons with D’Angelo
- Dakota Johnson with Alabama Shakes
- Chris Hemsworth with Zac Brown Band
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with George Ezra
- Michael Keaton with Carly Rae Jepsen
- Taraji P. Henson with Mumford & Sons
- Scarlett Johansson with Wiz Khalifa
- Reese Witherspoon with Florence & the Machine
- Louis C.K. with Rihanna
Tony is and Editor here at Laser Time, but he’s far from the only SNL fan. Hit him up on Twitter to gossip like schoolgirls about what could happen this season.