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The Best Episodes from Season 45 of 'Saturday Night Live'

Updated May 12, 2020 476 votes 101 voters 2.3k views18 items

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

All Saturday Night Live Season 45 episodes, ranked by fans of the long-running NBC sketch comedy series. The new 2019-20 season also sees two new cast members: Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman. Although Leslie Jones left the cast, other long-standing favorite SNL cast members such as Kate McKinnon, Colin Jost, and the rest of the gang remain, although Pete Davidson was absent the first few episodes of the season due to his Suicide Squad filming obligations. Once more, Saturday Night Live's fourth decade continues to bring the late-night laughs.

Kicking off with huge musical guests like Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish, and Chance the Rapper doing double duty as host and musical guest, the year is already off to an unforgettable start. Which episodes have been the best? 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 45 SNL episodes of 2019-2020 below. Then, check out the best sketches cut for time.

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    Ep. 10 Eddie Murphy / Lizzo

    Ep. 10 Eddie Murphy / Lizzo
    Video: YouTube

    Date: December 21, 2019

    Who Says "Live from New York": The cast and surprise guests as the 2020 Presidential candidates.

    Monologue: Eddie Murphy makes his first return to SNL in 35 years to talk about being a dad, Bill Cosby, his new film Dolomite, and to critique the work of the friends and former SNL cast members interrupting him.

    Notable Sketches: Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood, North Pole News Report, Black Jeopardy: Velvet Jones, Holiday Baking Championship, Masked Singer, Home for the Holidays.

    Surprise Guests: Usher appears during the goodnights; Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan and Chris Rock appear in the opening monologue; Fred Armisen (Michael Bloomberg), Alec Baldwin (Donald Trump), Larry David (Bernie Sanders) Rachel Dratch (Amy Klobuchar), Maya Rudolph (Kamala Harris), and Jason Sudeikis (Joe Biden) appear in the cold open.

    Lizzo Performs: "Truth Hurts" and a holiday remix of "Good as Hell."

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      Ep 6. - Harry Styles

      Ep 6. - Harry Styles
      Video: YouTube

      Date: November 16, 2019

      Who Says "Live from New York": Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani's twin.

      Monologue: Harry Styles and SNL have taken things to the next level, and Styles spells out his priorities as "music, then fantastic hair, then comedy, then family, then friends," before taking his monologue to the piano to prove his seriousness as a musician.

      Notable Sketches: Joan Song, Lunch Run, Funeral DJs, Baby Faye and Her Newsboys, Childbirth Class, Airline Pilots, That's The Game.

      Surprise Guests: Jon Hamm appears as William B. Taylor Jr. in the cold open and introduces Styles's second performance.

      Harry Styles Performs: "Lights Up" and "Watermelon Sugar."

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        Ep 4. - Chance the Rapper

        Ep 4. - Chance the Rapper
        Video: YouTube

        Date: October 26, 2019

        Who Says "Live from New York": Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Fred Armisen as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

        Monologue: Chance the Rapper supports the Chicago teachers strike and performs a song about Chicago, the Second City, and other second-best things. 

        Notable Sketches: E-Sports Reporter, Tasty Toaster Tarts, Judge Barry, Spooky Song, Space Mistakes.

        Surprise Guests: Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton, Fred Armisen as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Jason Momoa.

        Chance the Rapper Performs: "Zanies and Fools" and "Handsome" with Megan Thee Stallion.

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          Ep. 11 Adam Driver / Halsey

          Ep. 11 Adam Driver / Halsey
          Video: YouTube

          Date: January 25, 2020

          Who Says "Live from New York": Jon Lovitz(as Alan Dershowitz), Beck Bennett (as Senator Mitch McConnell) and Senator Susan Collins (Cecily Strong)

          Monologue: Adam Driver gives a "chill" monologue while he grooves to some chill music from the band. Driver then shares a few one liners and goes into the audience, wrapping up by mentioning his time in the Marines and his latest film, Marriage Story.

          Notable Sketches: Undercover Boss: Where Are They Now, Slow, Sleepover, Marrying Ketchups, Cheerleading Show, Medieval Times, The Science Room, Del Taco Shoot.

          Surprise Guests: Jon Lovitz appears in the cold open as Alan Dershowitz.

          Halsey Performs: "You Should Be Sad" and "Finally // Beautiful Stranger"

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