SNL Season 42: Worst to Best Episodes, Ranked — Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Fallon, The Rock, Melissa McCarthy and More

Saturday Night Live closed out its most-watched season in over two decades last weekend, thanks in part to Alec Baldwin’s many buzzed-about appearances as President Donald Trump, and a cabinet that included Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer. But which episodes did TVLine readers consider the best and worst?

With Season 42 now behind us, we’re revisiting how each of the last 21 installments — featuring hosts such as Dave Chappelle, Aziz Ansari, Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Stone — fared, based on the average grade that you gave them.

Did Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Crucible Cast Party” knock your socks off? What about Kristen Stewart’s seductive Totino’s ad? And did Tom Hanks — who blessed us with David S. Pumpkins — help elevate Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s induction into the Five Timers’ Club?

Peruse the above gallery (or click here for direct access) to see how TVLiners ultimately ranked each SNL Season 42 episode from worst to best, then tell us if you’re stunned by any of the results.

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8 Comments
  1. mudee says:

    So funny how number 1 aired on my birthday. Thanks TV LINE, feeling very special right now.

  2. Tom says:

    > This episode may be remembered for… David Pumpkins, man! Any questions?

    Yes, it continues to be “What’s with the David Pumpkins obsession?”

    • Michael Summerset says:

      It would seem David S. Pumpkins was the highlight of the year. In a way it reflects the way SNL keeps relying on the same jokes over and over again.

      I like the suit. It would be good for Halloween when you don’t quite feel like putting on a costume.

  3. KT says:

    I’m surprised Chris Pine’s episode isn’t ranked higher. It was good!

  4. Ted says:

    I’d probably put Hanks over Chappelle, but there’s no doubt those were the top two. And you’re far too forgiving on the Jimmy Fallon and Felicity Jones episodes…those were, at best, on par with Octavia Spencer’s.

  5. Lyndy says:

    TVL still sucking on Casey Affleck’s ‘sour grapes’ I can see…be careful not to choke…move on will yah!
    Affleck was a hoot, I remember the gay robots skit as a highlight.

  6. lordofluck says:

    Tom Hanks was number one for me as I never watched Chappelle show or Walking Dead so that sketch was skippable for me but I loved Tom Hanks on Black Jeopardy.