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100 best 'SNL' episodes

  • #80. Season 2, Episode 5 - Steve Martin/Kinky Friedman

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 79
    - Air date: Oct. 23, 1976

    Steve Martin worked alongside the likes of Chevy Chase and Jane Curtin in this episode, which included Chase failing to endorse milk and the Yankees attempting to get over losing the World Series. Musical guest Kinky Friedman gave a performance of "Dear Abby." 

  • #79. Season 33, Episode 11 - Shia LaBeouf/My Morning Jacket

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 99
    - Air date: May 10, 2008

    With the Democratic primaries on the horizon, Amy Poehler's Hillary Clinton promises she will be a sore loser if she doesn't win the nomination in a sketch that allowed Poehler the chance to fully transform herself into the powerful politician. Later in the episode, Poehler also plays a mother trying to make her masculine daughter, played by Shia LaBeouf, more stylish.

  • #78. Season 32, Episode 5 - Alec Baldwin/Christina Aguilera

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 103
    - Air date: Nov. 11, 2006

    In 2006, “SNL” had assembled one of its strongest casts ever, thanks to a lineup that included Andy Samberg, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Seth Meyers, and Bill Hader. This particular episode included Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan guest-starring in Alec Baldwin's monologue.

  • #77. Season 33, Episode 12 - Steve Carell/Usher

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 108
    - Air date: May 17, 2008

    Any episode featuring Steve Carell as the host is bound to a standout, but this episode got an extra boost from Sen. John McCain. At the time, he was on the presidential campaign trail, though he made time to stop by “SNL” to make fun of himself in not one, but two sketches.

  • #76. Season 2, Episode 8 - Paul Simon/George Harrison

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 108
    - Air date: Nov. 20, 1976

    The great George Harrison was the evening's musical guest, but he also proved to be a scene-stealer. Early in the show, he tried to convince Lorne Michaels to give him $3,000 for a previous appearance by The Beatles.

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  • #75. Season 1, Episode 10 - Buck Henry/Bill Withers, Toni Basil

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 111
    - Air date: Jan. 17, 1976

    In the first Halloween episode, Buck Henry suffered an injury during a scene with John Belushi that forced him to wear a bandage on his head for the rest of the episode. His injury inspired the entire cast to don bandages as the episode progressed in a bit of brilliant improvisational humor.

  • #74. Season 33, Episode 9 - Christopher Walken/Panic! at the Disco

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 119
    - Air date: April 5, 2008

    Christopher Walken, who is famous for needing “more cowbell,” returned to the show as host for the seventh time. Throughout the episode, he stars in a Walken family reunion, plays a man terrified of plants unless they have googly eyes attached to them, and plays an unskilled competitor on a cooking reality show.

  • #73. Season 34, Episode 8 - Paul Rudd/Beyoncé

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 140
    - Air date: Nov. 15, 2008

    This episode saw the debut of new cast members Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins. However, having Beyoncé as a musical guest and the comedic Paul Rudd as a guest truly helped make this episode sing.

  • #72. Season 34, Episode 4 - Anne Hathaway/The Killers

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 149
    - Air date: Oct. 4, 2008

    Though Anne Hathaway gave a masterful performance, as with most things she's ever been a part of, the Killers absolutely stole the show with this one. They gave masterful performances of both "Human" and "Spaceman" off of their third album "Day & Age."

  • #71. Season 37, Episode 14 - Zooey Deschanel/Karmin

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 175
    - Air date: Feb. 11, 2012

    Despite having sketches that discussed both the Superbowl and the presidential election, the real standout sketches from this episode all involved Bill Hader playing Clint Eastwood. The three fake ads were pitch-perfect and made for classic “SNL” sketches.

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