— It seems there are an inordinate amount of people out there whose favorite pastime is hating on Saturday Night Live. They claim the show is useless. That they are in the midst of a catastrophic downfall. That the show should be canceled. They are wrong. Saturday Night Live has always gone through bad periods and good periods. You just have to ride the wave.
People quickly forget the previous low tides of SNL. They forget the late 70's and early 80's, after the original cast was gone and before Eddie Murphy rose to stardom. They forget the mid-to-late 80's after Eddie left and before Phil Hartman and Dana Carvey arrived. They forget the mid-90's after Sandler, Farley, and Myers left and before Will Ferrell became a star. Saturday Night Live will always have the lull in between golden periods. The good news now is that Saturday Night Live is currently on its way back to a golden era. With Tina Fey gone, as well as five of last years cast members, the show has begun to find its stride. The Alec Baldwin episode in November was the best episode in, probably, three years. Last year's new cast members, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader and Andy Samberg, have brought a lot to the table and primed SNL for the resurgence that it's currently realizing.
So, please, if you've given up on SNL within the past couple of years, give it another shot.
This Saturday, Annette Benning hosts with Gwen Stefani as the musical guest. Saturday Night Live airs at 11:30PM ET/PT.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer