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

The cold open: Fox News’ Laura Ingraham (Kate McKinnon) talks to Judge Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong), Mark Zuckerberg (Alex Moffat) and Marcia Fudge (Leslie Jones) about voter fraud and election interference.

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

The cold open: Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon) packs up his office as Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Eric Trump (Alex Moffat), Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day) and Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro) stop by.

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

Democrats are confident in the blue wave coming to vote in the midterm election.

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

The cold open: Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) meets with Kanye West (Chris Redd) and Jim Brown (Kenan Thompson) in the Oval Office.

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Highlights from the premiere of SNL’s forty-fourth season:

The cold open: Judge Brett Kavanaugh (Matt Damon) takes questions from Senators Chuck Grassley (Alex Moffat), Dianne Feinstein (Cecily Strong), Amy Klobuchar (Rachel Dratch), Thom Tillis (Mikey Day), Cory Booker (Chris Redd), John Kennedy (Kyle Mooney), Sheldon Whitehouse (Pete Davidson).

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After accepting the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Oscars producer Glenn Weiss courageously made the most of his time onstage to propose marriage to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen in a heartfelt, touching moment.

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Highlights from the final episode of SNL’s forty-third season:

The cold open: Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro) happens upon Donald Trump’s (Alec Baldwin) dinner with Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) and Eric and Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day, Alex Moffat)

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Highlights from the nineteenth episode of SNL’s forty-third season:

The cold open: With the FBI listening in, Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) fields calls from Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin), Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong), Ivanka Trump (Scarlett Johansson) and Jared Kushner (Jimmy Fallon) and Stormy Daniels.

Read The Washington Post’s recap of the cold open.

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Highlights from the eighteenth episode of SNL’s forty-third season:

The cold open: Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller), is questioned by Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro).

Host John Mulaney discusses his time as a Saturday Night Live writer and shares how he’s gotten grumpier as he’s gotten older.

Fox Noise Channel anchor Laura Ingraham (Kate McKinnon) shares some of her new sponsors.

Members of a cult (Nasim Pedrad, Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett, Kenan Thompson) describe their experiences.

Browse all sketches and performances uploaded from this week’s episode.

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Highlights from the seventeenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-third season:

The cold open: Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) holds a press conference with the leaders of the Baltic states (Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner).

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Highlights from the sixteenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-third season:

The cold open: Anderson Cooper (Alex Moffat) interviews Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon), Rex Tillerson (John Goodman), Michael Wolff (Fred Armisen) and Anthony Scaramucci (Bill Hader).

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A must-watch segment from Jimmy Kimmel Live:

Trump and his fellow Republicans suffered a major loss in Pennsylvania Tuesday night with Democrat Conor Lamb beating Republican Rick Saccone in a district that Trump won by 20 points. The loss came only a week after Trump made a very blatant attempt to woo voters in Pennsylvania by calling for heavy tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel. Trump wants to focus on American made products and goods, so we wondered how things were going on his family website trumpstore.com. Jimmy ordered a bunch of stuff and it turns out, a lot of it isn’t even made in America.

During the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign made a similar discovery, but it didn’t stop gullible voters in a lot of places from being duped by Trump. Trump talks a lot about “making our country great again”, a and “putting America first”, but he clearly doesn’t believe in those ideas himself, because his family can’t even be bothered to source the goods his online store sells from American manufacturers.

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

Dawn Lazarus (Vanessa Bayer) previews what to expect with the next winter storm.

Eric (Alex Moffat) and Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day) address the “fake news” being spread by the “dishonest media.”

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#1: Touchdown Celebrations to Come (NFL)

For thirty teams, the Super Bowl isn’t the end of the season – it’s the start of next season. See how one team is preparing for the 2018 season and their touchdowns to come with a little inspiration from the classic film “Dirty Dancing.” Starring Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr., and featuring Landon Collins, Brett Jones, John Jerry, Chad Wheeler, D.J. Fluker, and John Greco.

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

President George W. Bush (Will Ferrell) addresses the nation and compares his presidency to that of President Donald Trump’s.

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

Contestants (Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson) compete on What Even Matters Anymore, hosted by Veronica Elders (Jessica Chastain).

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

Mika Brzezinski (Kate McKinnon) and Joe Scarborough interview Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff (Fred Armisen), Steve Bannon (Bill Murray) and Oprah Winfrey (Leslie Jones).

Lil Pump (Pete Davidson) and Sam Rockwell pay homage to Stanley Tucci with “Tucci Gang.”

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, including the publication of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. Oprah Winfrey (Leslie Jones) and Stedman Graham (Chris Redd) stop by to discuss Winfrey running for president.

Two scientists’ (Sam Rockwell, Mikey Day) latest project confuses potential investors (Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Beck Bennett).

Browse all of the sketches uploaded from this week’s episode.

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Highlights from the fifth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-third season:

De-Von-Tré (Chance the Rapper, Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd) wishes President Barack Obama would come back.

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Saturday Night Live aired the fourth episode of its forty-third season last night. Here are a collection of notable sketches.

Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) checks in on Paul Manafort (Alex Moffat) and sends Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) to Asia in his place.

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NBC’s Emmy-award winning show Saturday Night Live returned tonight for its forty-third season premiere, airing live coast to coast.

The cold open: Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) speaks with Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz (Melissa Villaseñor) of San Juan, Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon) and Senator Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat).

The show-stealing sketch was Woke Jeans:

Parody synopsis: Introducing Wokes, sizeless, style-neutral, gender non-conforming denim for a generation that defies labels.

Other notable sketches included Italian Restaurant:

Two customers (Ryan Gosling, Cecily Strong) do not react well to learning the food they’ve been eating is actually from Pizza Hut.

And The Fliplets:

Brothers Pete (Mikey Day), Zeke (Alex Moffat) and Tristan (Ryan Gosling) love renovating houses and refusing to face their demons.

The full playlist of uploaded sketches can be viewed here.

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Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin), Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Eric Trump (Alex Moffat), Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day), Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) and Ivanka Trump (Scarlett Johansson) perform “Hallelujah.”

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, including President Donald Trump asking James Comey when he would announce Trump is not under investigation.

Dawn Lazarus (Vanessa Bayer) stops by with the weather.

Drunk Uncle (Bobby Moynihan) weighs in on Donald Trump’s presidency.

Four seniors (Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer) bid goodbye to high school with a performance.

See all the sketches from this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, the fourth episode of SNL to air live coast-to-coast.