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Watch highlights from the seventh episode of SNL’s forty-fifth season, hosted by Harry Styles, who also performed as the musical guest.

The cold open: The Trump impeachment hearings get the soap opera treatment they need to keep the American people paying attention.

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Watch highlights from the sixth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fifth season, hosted by Kristen Stewart, with musical guest Coldplay:

The cold open, not mocking Trump or regime for a change: Senator Elizabeth Warren (Kate McKinnon) attends an Iowa town hall where she takes questions about her run for president and defends her Medicare for All plan.

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Watch highlights from the fourth episode of SNL’s forty-fifth season, hosted by Chance The Rapper, who also performed as the musical guest.

The cold open: Donald Trump holds a rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico and brings some of who he thinks are his loyal supporters, political allies and friends (Darrell Hammond, Fred Armisen, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Mikey Day, Aidy Bryant, Beck Bennett, Pete Davidson, Alex Moffat) to the stage.

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Watch highlights from the third episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fifth season, hosted by David Harbour of Stranger Things fame:

The cold open: At CNN’s Equality Town Hall 2020 candidates Cory Booker (Chris Redd), Pete Buttigieg (Colin Jost), Elizabeth Warren (Kate McKinnon), Julian Castro (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Joe Biden (Woody Harrelson) discuss LGBTQ issues.

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Highlights from the second episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fifth season, hosted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with musical guest Taylor Swift:

The best sketch of the night: Senator Elizabeth Warren (Kate McKinnon) talks to Colin Jost about outfundraising Joe Biden in her 2020 bid for president and addresses a marine affair conspiracy theory.

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NBC’s Emmy-award winning comedy magazine Saturday Night Live returned last night for its forty-fifth season premiere, airing live coast to coast.

Here are highlights from that first episode:

The cold open: With the threat of impeachment looming, Donald Trump (Alex Baldwin) calls those closest to him including Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Kanye West (Chris Redd), William Barr (Aidy Bryant), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Kim Jong-un (Bowen Yang), Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) Eric and Don Jr. (Alex Moffat, Mikey Day), and actor Liev Schreiber.

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Given the fine margins Trump is dealing with in his reelection campaign, Fox News could help sink him. Fox can lose some viewers and win the ratings wars; Trump basically cannot lose any supporters and win reelection. You could even make an argument that Trump needs Fox more than Fox needs Trump.

— Aaron Blake: Trump had better be careful about hate-tweeting Fox

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Below are a collection of highlights from the twenty-first and final episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season, hosted by Paul Rudd:

The cold open: Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) and members of his administration share their summer plans, namely golf and rage-tweeting.

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As neocon John Bolton tries to instigate a conflict with Iran, here’s a reminder that MADtv saw this move coming back in 2007. Watch and laugh… if you can.

This sketch is from the sixteenth episode of MADtv’s twelfth season.

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Below are a collection of highlights from the twentieth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season, hosted by Emma Thompson:

The not-to-be-missed cold open: Chuck Todd (Kyle Mooney) interviews Senators Lindsey Grahm (Kate Mckinnon), Susan Collins (Cecily Strong) and Mitch McConnell (Beck Bennett) about supporting President Trump.

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Below are a collection of highlights from the nineteenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season, hosted by Adam Sandler:

Sketch of the night: Host Adam Sandler sings a tribute to his friend and Saturday Night Live alum Chris Farley.

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Highlights from the eighteenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season:

A group of prisoners (Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Pete Davidson, Chris Redd, Michael Keaton, Kyle Mooney) discuss why they got arrested.

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Highlights from the fifteenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season:

The cold open: Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro), William Barr (Aidy Bryant) and President Trump (Alec Baldwin) summarize the Mueller Report.

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Highlights from the fourteenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season, with host John Mulaney and musical guest Thomas Rhett:

The cold open: The Congressional Oversight Committee (Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader, Kyle Mooney, Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett, Melissa Villaseñor) question Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) about his former boss.

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Highlights from the thirteenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season:

The cold open: Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) takes questions at press conference.

For more, read The Washington Post’s recap.

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Highlights from the twelfth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season:

First they were women, and then they were fed up women, now they are the women of Congress (Halsey, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Melissa Villaseñor, Leslie Jones, Heidi Gardner, Kate McKinnon, Ego Nwodim).

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Highlights from the eleventh episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season:

The cold open: Tucker Carlson (Alex Moffat), Jeannine Pirro (Cecily Strong), Ann Coulter (Heidi Gardner), Wilbur Ross (Kate McKinnon) talk about the government shutdown and Roger Stone (Steve Martin) stops by to talk about his arrest.

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From 1999: “Roof Opener” (Synopsis: Edgar drives a convertible that has a remote control for Safeco Field’s retractable roof.)

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Highlights from the tenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season:

Steve Harvey (Kenan Thompson) hosts a special Deal or No Deal where President Trump (Alec Baldwin) fields offers from members of Congress, like Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon), Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Melissa Villaseñor) and Maxine Waters (Leslie Jones), to end the government shutdown.

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Highlights from the ninth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season:

The final cold open of 2018: Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) gets his wish to have never been president granted and sees how the lives of Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller), Brett Kavanaugh (Matt Damon), Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro) and more have changed in an alternate reality.

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Highlights from the seventh episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fourth season:

The cold open: Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) gets an update about the Robert Mueller probe from Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon) and Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller), and he confronts Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) about his handshake with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (Fred Armisen) at the G20 Summit in Argentina.

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