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

Molly Gander
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List Rules Vote 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.

Ep. 2 - Phoebe Waller-Bridge / Taylor Swift
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Date: October 5, 2019

Who Says "Live from New York": Beck Bennett as Vice President Mike Pence with Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani.

Monologue: Phoebe Waller-Bridge is embarrassed - typical of an Englishwoman - but shares the truth behind Fleabag and Killing Eve and the popularity of psychopaths, while suggesting the hot priest's "horn storm" is the result of the character's ability to listen.

Notable Sketches: Kaylee, Crystal & Janetta, Royal Romance, The War in Words, Another What's Wrong with This Picture?, Mid-Day News, Love Island.

Surprise Guests: Matthew Broderick as Mike Pompeo.

Taylor Swift Performs: "Lover" and "False God."

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Ep 3. - David Harbour / Camila Cabello
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Date: October 12, 2019

Who Says "Live from New York": Woody Harrelson as Joe Biden, with the rest of the cast from the Equality Town Hall cold open.

Monologue: David Harbour is more than his character on Stranger Things and does a "walk around the studio" monologue.

Notable Sketches: Court Show, Grouch (Joker Parody), Peter, Paula & Murray, Sauce, Little Miss Teacher's Pet, Father-Son Podcasting Microphone, SoulCycle.

Surprise Guests: Woody Harrelson as Joe Biden, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Julian Castro, Billy Porter, Lorne Michaels.

Camila Cabello Performs: "Cry for Me" and "Easy."

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Ep. 1 - Woody Harrelson / Billie Eilish
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Date: September 28, 2019

Who Says "Live from New York": Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan.

Monologue: Woody Harrelson is becoming a fashionista and cares only about looking good, which includes the "ultimate in evening wear."

Notable Sketches: DNC Town Hall, Roadside Museum, Locker Room, Inside The Beltway, Dad, Apple Picking Ad, Downton Abbey Trailer.

Surprise Guests: Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris, Larry David as Bernie Sanders, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan.

Billie Eilish Performs: "Bad Guy" and "I Love You" with Finneas O'Connell.

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Ep 4. - Chance the Rapper
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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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