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The Best Episodes from Season 44 of Saturday Night Live

Updated October 30, 2019 1.7k votes 255 voters 12.0k views21 items

List RulesVote up the overall best episodes, considering the quality of sketches, musical guest, and surprise appearances.

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, BTS's first SNL appearance, and hosts like Adam Sandler (making his 20+ year return to the show), Awkwafina, John Mulaney, Kit Harrington, and Matt Damon, 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.

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    Ep. 14 - John Mulaney / Thomas Rhett

    Date: March 2, 2019

    Who Said "Live from New York": Ben Stiller as Michael Cohen.

    Monologue: The time Petunia met Woody Allen, the male and female voices on the New York Subway, and what is up with the new police sirens.

    Notable Sketches: What's That Name?, Toilet Death Ejector digital short, Shark Tank: Legal Edition, Chad Horror Movie, meat farmers Vaneta and Wylene Starkie on Weekend Update, Bodega of Love.

    Surprise Guests: Bill Hader as Jim Jordan and Vince Blake, Ben Stiller as Michael Cohen.

    Thomas Rhett Performed: "Look What God Gave Her" and "Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time"

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    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.

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    Ep. 19 - Adam Sandler / Shawn Mendes

    Date: May 4, 2019

    Who Said "Live from New York": Cold open cast

    Monologue: Adam got fired song.

    Notable Sketches: Avengers / Game of Thrones Family Feud, Clothes Are Holes digital short, Romano Tours, Sandler Family Reunion, Rectix digital short, Opera Man on Weekend Update, Last Call with Adam, Kate, and Kristen, Chris Farley song.

    Surprise Guests: Chris Rock as himself, Kristen Wiig as Adam's mom and Melba Letzmantoast, Jimmy Fallon as Adam's dad.

    Shawn Mendes Performed: "If I Can't Have You" and "In My Blood"

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    Ep. 8 - Jason Momoa / Mumford & Sons

    Date: December 8, 2018

    Who Said “Live from New York”: Robert De Niro as Robert Mueller and Alex Moffat as Eric Trump

    Monologue: Jason enjoys his moment and the cast pushes “Aqua Boogie” as Aquaman’s theme song

    Notable Sketches: GE Big Boy Home Appliances digital short; Dothraki Public Access, featuring Kate McKinnon as King Joffrey; Them Trumps digital short; 7th Grade Travel Expert on Weekend Update; Michael Che on bidets; Ebeneezer's Extra Christmas Ghost; Jocks and Dorks; Sleigh Ride.

    Surprise Guests: Robert De Niro as Robert Mueller

    Mumford and Sons Performed: “Guiding Light” and “Delta”

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