All Saturday Night Live Season 44 episodes, ranked by fans of the long-running NBC sketch comedy series and maybe Ariana Grande too, who knows! Her former guy pal Pete Davidson remains one of the best current SNL cast members, an essential part of the new 2018-19 season. Alongside Kate McKinnon, Colin Jost, Leslie Jones, and the rest of the gang, Saturday Night Live's fourth decade continues to bring the late night laughs.
With musical guests like the controversial Kanye West and hosts like Awkwafina, this list of new SNL episodes has all the info on sketches, performances, impressions, and surprise cold open guests. Whether you think the series is past its prime or entering a new era of comedy gold, vote up the top Season 44 SNL episodes below.
Ep. 9 - Matt Damon / Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson
Date: December 15, 2018 (the Christmas episode)
Who Said "Live from New York": Cold open cast
Monologue: Matt expresses love and gratitude for SNL and memories of his father.
Notable Sketches: The Westminster Daddy Show, Best Christmas Ever digital short, Oscar Host Screen Tests digital short, the ornaments from the back of the tree, "Happy Christmas, Britain" with Teresa May, Weezer fans argue over dinner, Che and Jost give each other jokes to read for Christmas, Jingle Bells at the Carnegie Lounge.
Surprise Guests: Ben Stiller as Michael Cohen, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and the boss at the bar, Robert De Niro as Robert Mueller
Miley and Mark Ronson Performed: "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart: and "(Happy Xmas) War Is Over" featuring Sean Ono
Ep 5. - Liev Schreiber / Lil Wayne
Date: November 10, 2018
Who Said "Live from New York": Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions and Robert De Niro as Robert Mueller
Monologue: Liev Schreiber is not funny and wants the crowd to have realistic expectations.
Notable Sketches: "Permission," the Booty Kings' digital short; Paranormal Occurrence; Liev's talk show Outside the Women's Bathroom; Brothers Get the Hose; House Hunters; Pete apologizes to Dan Crenshaw and gets roasted.
Surprise Guests: Robert De Niro as Robert Mueller, Representative Dan Crenshaw as himself.
Lil Wayne Performed: "Can't Be Broken" with Halsey and "Uproar" with Swizz Beatz. He and Future also appeared in the "Permission" digital short.
Ep. 3 - Seth Meyers / Paul Simon
Date: October 13, 2018
Who Said "Live from New York": Alec Baldwin and Chris Redd as Donald Trump and Kanye West
Monologue: Seth shares SNL memories, including the reason he will never be surprised by Kanye.
Notable Sketches: Testosterone supplements commercial parody starring Seth's mustache; Thirsty Cops; Kenan Thompson's Bill Cosby impression; the return of "Really?!" with Seth, Michael, and Colin; the Coobah Couple; "Trees" digital short.
Surprise Guests: Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump
Paul Simon Performed: "Can't Run But" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
This episode marked Paul Simon's record breaking 9th SNL performance. It was also his 77th birthday; after the goodnights the cast rolled out a giant sheet cake and Simon cut a piece with his bare hands!
Ep. 1 - Adam Driver / Kanye West
Date: September 29, 2018
Who Said "Live from New York": Matt Damon as Brett Kavanaugh
Monologue: Adam Driver attempts small talk with the cast.
Notable Sketches: William McTavish learns to play Fortnite; Pete Davidson vs. Kyle Mooney digital short; Kate McKinnon's RBG on Weekend Update; Career Day featuring Abraham H. Parnasus
Surprise Guests: Matt Damon as Brett Kavanaugh, Rachel Dratch as Amy Klobuchar
Kanye Performed: "I Love It" (dressed as a Perrier bottle and accompanied by Lil Pump, dressed as a Fiji water bottle), an unreleased track featuring Teyana Taylor, and "Ghost Town" featuring Kid Cudi; he ended the final performance with a pro-Trump monologue that didn't make it to air but was recorded by audiences members and posted on social media.