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100 best 'SNL' episodes

  • #50. Season 17, Episode 14 - Roseanne & Tom Arnold/Red Hot Chili Peppers

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 65
    - Air date: Feb. 22, 1992

    During the "Coffee Talk" sketch, Roseanne Barr, Madonna, and Mike Myers are all raving about Barbra Streisand. What none of them know is that Streisand is actually in the studio, and their genuine shock when she appears remains a terrific moment.

  • #49. Season 17, Episode 6 - Linda Hamilton/Mariah Carey

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 65
    - Air date: Nov. 16, 1991

    There was never any doubt that Linda Hamilton would do a “Terminator” sketch while hosting “SNL,” but doing one about Toonces the puppet cat as the “Tooncinator” was not likely what people were expecting. Mariah Carey makes another appearance as the musical guest, performing two songs from her album released earlier in the year.

  • #48. Season 32, Episode 19 - Molly Shannon/Linkin Park

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 69
    - Air date: May 12, 2007

    Molly Shannon is another “SNL” alum who returned to serve as host, and in her monologue, she has a flashback to the ‘90s when she was crushing on Lorne Michaels. Her turn to guest occurred right at the kickoff of the presidential race season, leading to the episode including a debate sketch featuring lesser known presidential hopefuls. Shannon also plays a wannabe stripper at “The Soprano’s” Bada-Bing strip club.

  • #47. Season 32, Episode 10 - Jake Gyllenhaal/The Shins

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 118
    - Air date: Jan. 13, 2007

    Long before Donald Trump was president, “SNL” was already finding humor in the man, as illustrated in this episode where an entire skit is built around his need to hold a press conference to bash Rosie O'Donnell. Jake Gyllenhaal dresses in drag and does a rendition of a “Dreamgirls” song for his “Brokeback Mountain” fans.

  • #46. Season 33, Episode 5 - Tina Fey/Carrie Underwood

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 128
    - Air date: Feb. 23, 2008

    Tina Fey returned to “SNL” and joined Amy Poehler at the “Weekend Update” desk for one of the most iconic moments from the show in recent memory. While discussing Hillary Clinton, Fey busted the famous line, "B*****s get stuff done."

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  • #45. Season 31, Episode 13 - Natalie Portman/Fall Out Boy

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 136
    - Air date: March 4, 2006

    The cold open wasted no time in addressing Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident, by having Will Forte's President George W. Bush brief the nation. The episode also featured the digital short “Natalie Raps,” in which Natalie Portman answers Chris Parnell’s interview with a shockingly aggressive and uncharacteristic rap.

  • #44. Season 34, Episode 22 - Will Ferrell/Green Day

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 141
    - Air date: May 16, 2009

    Will Ferrell returned for a second time hosting after his tenure as a cast member had ended. His appearance was somewhat bittersweet as it coincided with the final episode for Darrell Hammond, Michaela Watkins, and Casey Wilson.

  • #43. Season 35, Episode 16 - Zach Galifianakis/Vampire Weekend

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 153
    - Air date: March 6, 2010

    Zach Galifianakis made his hosting debut in an episode where he also starred in the digital short "Zach Drops By the Set." Media reviewers weren’t over the moon about this episode, but seem to agree that Galifianakis killed it in his monologue.

  • #42. Season 37, Episode 22 - Mick Jagger

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 171
    - Air date: May 19, 2012

    Kristen Wiig, who was one of the MVPs of the modern “SNL” era, signed off in the episode that was hosted by musical guest Mick Jagger. Even classic cast member Steve Martin made a special appearance in honor of Wiig's last appearance as a member of the show's cast.

  • #41. Season 41, Episode 7 - Ryan Gosling/Leon Bridges

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 270
    - Air date: Dec. 5, 2015

    Ryan Gosling makes his hosting debut with a number of notable sketches, including an alien abduction scene starring Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Bobby Moynihan—who all struggle to conceal their own laughter. However, a particularly memorable performance by Gosling in this episode is his role as a Santa-obsessed holiday party-goer.

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