Come Christmastime, it was hard not to wonder about the legitimacy of Saint Nick's Naughty List.
It was all strange, mystifying, and extremely dumb in the best of ways -- you'll see that even the actors agree. Episode date: November 18 When Steve Harvey's family went up against the Didricksons -- Carol (Aidy Bryant), Peter (Beck Bennett), Justin (Mikey Day), and Cecil (Chance the Rapper) -- they weren't expecting to play family sketches are usually excuses for random celebrity impressions (see above), it was refreshing to get an installment that felt more focused.The Cecil revelation had Kenan Thompson and Chance making lovably dumb magic.Episode date: January 21 Aziz Ansari's episode quickly became a standout after airing, thanks in large part to the comedian's funny, sincere, and critical opening monologue. Alas, we get Alec Baldwin, reserved about having the gig, though undeniably good.The rest of the show came packed with no dearth of highlights, including this ever-relatable Episode date: November 11 Kyle's behind-the-scenes "relationship" with Leslie Jones, which continues to be one of this cast's best (and most elaborate) recurring jokes, finally caused some major drama this season. Many of this year's Trump cold opens have played like rehashed lists of headlines, but the above "People's Court" sketch allowed Baldwin to shine in a refreshingly absurd situation. While the current White House has certainly provided the necessary fodder to help NBC's comedy powerhouse earn can't-miss-TV status, even the nonpolitical sketches have felt sharper.
In celebration of Episode date: February 4 When people wondered what Trump's travel ban would mean for US Customs, Beck Bennett's ruthlessly intense video editor provided the answers.(Note: Live when host James Franco shot a mouthful of stage blood, mama bird-style, right into her mouth."You fucking traumatized me," she told Franco afterward.Fortunately, as they say, not all heroes wear capes. Some, like this one, played brilliantly by Mikey Day, just happen to be in the right place at the right time. remake for Anderson Cooper (Alex Moffat) and Kellyanne Conway (Kate Mc Kinnon) to poke fun at Conway's desperation and TV news' reliance on the Trump administration. "OK, so Puerto Rico actually was worse before Hurricane Maria, and the hurricane actually did blow some buildings back together," Kellywise said from the sewers, adding, "OK, so Secretary Tillerson did not call the president a 'moron' -- they were sharing a sundae, and the president asked if he wanted more sprinkles, and the secretary said, 'More on,'" before baring rows of terrifying teeth. So many that it caused a weird sense of public shock: "Dang, is this the world now? Melissa Mc Carthy's recurring role as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was a godsend this year." With lollipops, popsicles, and a very poppy music video, logo? The very best was her first militant appearance, notable for turning terrible news items into laughs and genuinely irking the president.Episode date: February 4 The best part about this year's Super Bowl?