Saturday Night Live

Season 37 Episode 1

Alec Baldwin/Radiohead

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Sep 24, 2011 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... Bill Hader!

Sketches include "Either the 7th or 8th GOP Debate," "Red Flag," "All My Children Wrap Party," "WDHX 19 Buffalo," "Who's on Top?," "Top Gun Screen Tests," "Child Psychologist," and "Angels in the Trenches."

Radiohead performed "Lotus Flower" and "Staircase."

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  • Good season opener. Nearly perfect.

    Good season opener

    Debate:Bill Hader returns as shepard smith. Alec baldwin had a funny Rick Perry and a good joke at the end making fun of the awful Whitney. 9/10

    Monologue:Hilarious monologue! Steve Martin shows up to see if Alec is cheating. Seth Rogen Shows up to. 8/10

    Red Flag:Perfect commercial, a lot like bad idea jeans. 10/10

    All my Children:Making fun of the overly dramatic show. Love the line "I operate the fans, or was i pushed?" 7/10

    WDHX News:Funny sketch with Kristen Wiig(I guessit is possible).8/10

    Weekend Update:First weak part of the episode. Seths jokes worn't going great and Tony Bennet was the only guest and he wasn't funny.3/10.

    Who's on Top:Perfect game show! And I mean perfect. The execution was great. Favorite part at the beginning of the game when Jason Sudekis quit.

    Top Gun DVD:Its just an exude to do impressions...I LOVE IT! Favorite impressions Andy Sambergs Crispin Glover, Bill Haders Alan Alda and Taran Killams Bobcat Goldwaith.9/10

    Child Pyschologist: Nasim Pedrad is the perfect damaged teenage girl.7/10

    Angels in the Trench: Soldiers are dying and there dying wishes are for Private Scott(Taran Killam) to tell his mother she's fat. Good sketch Taran's doing a great job tonight.9/10

    Best Cast Member:Bill Hader Runner Up:Taran Killam

    Worst Cast Member: Jay Pharaoh(because he wasn't there) Runner Up:Vanessa Bayer

    Best Sketch:Who's On Top Runner Up:Red Flag

    Worst Sketch:Weekend Update

    Jay Pharaoh wasn't in this episode but they said his name in the credits.

  • 9/24

    Alec Baldwin is always going to be entertaining on this show and even though the material was not there, he brought in every sketch for a solid season premiere.

    Cold Opening: Of course it is a political sketch and it is mocking the debates, but funny? Not so much.Monologue: Kind of funny, even though you knew Steve Martin was coming out. Why Seth Rogen though?Red Flag: Mocking perfume commercials, Kristen Wiig plays her usual offbeat character.All My Children Wrap Party: Crew members from the past come back and mock over the top soap storylines like amnesia and comas. Not funny, not accurate.WDHX: Mocking the delays by local news crews bygoogl having it create a problem for a reporter with a spider on her. Sad.Weekend Update: What can you do? Seth is Seth, he'll have a few good lines, but it will never be that great a segment.Who's On Top: Another game show, but wisely they have Bill Hader hosting. Kind of funny, but you'd be hard-pressed to argue it was not childish.Top Gun 25th Anniversary: Impression segment. Bill Hader's spot on Alan Alda was only thing worth commenting on.TCM: Wounded soldiers make odd requests. Typical last sketch of the night.moreless



Guest Star

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin


Recurring Role

Steve Martin (I)

Steve Martin (I)


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Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • "WDHX Channel 19" was previously cut from the Ellen Page/Wilco dress rehearsal in Year 33.

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal: President Obama cold open, where the Big O (Fred Armisen) talks about the faltering economy; Jay Pharoah performs a song about Broadway; Netflix representatives (Alec Baldwin, Jason Sudiekis) make even more poor changes to service; an ad spoof where electronic alerts inform cell phone's owner of impending danger; a sketch where the Willy Wonka Oompa-Loompas have a reunion on the Today; Top Gun Screen Tests #2- more failed screen tests from the 1986 movie, including Michael Winslow (Jay Pharoah), Dennis Miller (Seth Meyers), and Captain Lou Albano (Bobby Moynihan); and on Weekend Update, Fred Armisen and Vanessa Bayer give a commentary and separately, an angry ginger (Andy Samberg) talks about being discriminated against.

    • With this episode, Nasim Pedrad is promoted to the repertory cast.

    • Jay Pharoah did not appear in this broadcast.

    • With this episode, Alec Baldwin surpasses Steve Martin as the most frequent host in SNL history. This was Baldwin's 16th appearance on the show since 1990, not counting cameos.