Emmys: Grade Andy Samberg's Star- Studded Opening Video, His Job as Host

Oh, and Anika? That was an Emmys opening video.

Forgive us for channeling Empire‘s Cookie, but Sunday’s 2015 Emmy Awards kicked off with an elaborate, on-point pre-taped bit that set the bar high for the rest of the telecast.

The set-up: The evening’s host — and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg — locked himself away in a bunker to watch “every show” so he can participate in TV conversations with his friends.

Along the way, he ran into all your small-screen favorites, including Castle‘s Nathan Fillion, The Odd Couple‘s Yvette Nicole Brown, Fresh Off the Boat‘s Randall Park, Mad Men‘s John Hamm, Scandal‘s Kerry Washington, Last Man on Earth‘s Will Forte (in a Les Miserables homage), Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk and many more.

The whole shebang wrapped with a giant dance number, which led into Samberg’s monologue, which he started by warning everyone that Justin Timberlake wouldn’t be joining him and during which he was joined by Glee‘s Jane Lynch dressed as the “Shame!”-ful “mean nun from Game of Thrones.”

Grade the video and monologue via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your pick!

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  1. Joni says:

    The opening video was much better than this monologue.

  2. Joanna Riley says:

    Anyone know where I can watch it again online?

  3. SUSO says:

    The video was fine. Once the monologue began it was so awkward… The entire audience felt bad for him. Poor guy.

  4. TAY says:

    Jeez, I could feel his nerves during that monologue all the way here in Ohio. Poor guy.

  5. JJ says:

    he looked so uncomfortable during his monologue

  6. Ed says:

    didn’t NPH’s opening have a similar theme to it in 2013?

  7. Alichat says:

    OMG….the Castle bit in that opening was hysterical!!!

  8. Ron says:

    I thought both the video & monologue were hysterical. Yes, you could see his nerves a bit during the monologue, & not every joke landed, but I still thought there were some very funny jokes in there. At points, I was snorting.

  9. Jim says:

    His last line about being white spoiled the whole thing

  10. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Gave it an A that SH*T was funny but afterwards not so much.

  11. Lucy Buntain says:

    The writers for the monologue let Andy down. After a clever, smart opening video, the monologue was flat and dull. There were few lines that evoked even polite laughter. What a disappointment. Andy deserved better.

  12. Butters says:

    The monologue made me long for James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

  13. CringeWorthy says:

    That was perhaps the most unfunny opening monologue in the history of the emmys…..

  14. liame says:

    Great opening both musical and monologue. Nothing nervous or dull about his performance. Some people get it and some don’t. Hahaha! He’s a funny guy.

  15. The Beach says:

    I agree with the majority of posters that the opening video was really good but the monologue and the rest of his hosting was very weak. So who are the 40% that voted “awesome” for his hosting??

  16. ninergrl6 says:

    The Les Mis bit totally cracked me up. Not at all relevant to honoring TV shows but totally hilarious for those of us TV geeks who are also musical theater geeks.

  17. Bark Star says:

    I dont know if he wrote his own material but the opening monolouge was pretty bad. The binge watch video wasnt much better either.

  18. Kate Garner says:

    Very nice and totally relatable. I am overwhelmed by all the amazing shows. But, I never miss Castle! (Nice job, Nathan!)

  19. flutiefan says:

    Video of the monologue?

  20. Pearl says:

    I’m sorry, but that was the worst hosting of an awards ceremony in the last twenty years, and that is saying something!

  21. James Linzer says:

    Total show was pathetic, especially the supposedly funny comedy writers. As such, it is hard to blame only Samberg since he is never funny, ever. Thankfully, I watched a DVT version so I did not have to endure 3 hours of pitiful commedy.