Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.
Critic reviews for Episode 1
As much as I appreciate the introduction of new talent, most of last night's show was extremely familiar stuff.
It's impossible to know where "SNL" will be going this season - Kim Kardashian-West has a completely different vibe from Owen Wilson and is hosting next week - but as far as season premieres go, this episode was a good sign for things to come.
It was out of left field, and yet also sort of in the ether of conversation. It was loose and physical and odd, and Sherman and Dismukes went for it. Here's to a weird season. Here's to energy.
I agree with Owen, Sarah and Andrew have a fun and strange chemistry.
Saturday Night Live's 47th season kicked off with all the comfy, pleasant vibes promised by the show's choice of its initial host.
Discuss Saturday Night Live on our TV talk forum!