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SNL - Why is This Still On?

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Marlin Guy, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. AntAltMike

    AntAltMike Hall Of Fame

    Nov 20, 2004
    Yeah. I remembered SNL's King Family Christmas Special as having struck me as hysterically funny when I first saw it, but was really disappointed when I saw it again a decade or so later. I don't know if it seemed less funny because I had changed, or maybe I found it so funny the first time because of the novelty of the idea of it.
  2. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    The million replays on the McGrubber character became a source of severe nausea pretty quickly....it may have been funny the 1st million times they did it...but then after that.....:barf:
  3. Marlin Guy

    Marlin Guy Hall Of Fame

    Apr 8, 2009
    McGrubber is a perfect example of SNL's being out of touch.
    Who less than 30 years old has a clue what's being parodied there?
    Yet that's the audience they claim to entertain.

    They don't just beat a dead horse. They beat it, shoot it, stab it, run over it, blow it up, glue it back together and beat it again.
  4. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    And the Macgruber movie comes out in April...One reviewer (from a site called "The Vertex") that saw a early screening called it the best SNL movie since Wayne's World. If it's anything like the skits, I've lost more faith in future generations.

    Maybe I'm too close, I'm 35 and loved MacGyver.
  5. trainman

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    I'm also 35, and I love the "MacGruber" sketches -- in small doses.

    One problem with "SNL" has always been that, whenever they come up with a sketch/character that seems to click with the audience, they keep doing the exact same thing over and over and over again. (Despite the semi-praise for the segment in the first post of this thread, even Weekend Update is not immune from this phenomenon, with their "special guests" that come on to do commentaries.)

    Ever since I got a DVR, I've been watching "SNL" that way regularly -- so that I can easily fast-forward through the sketches (which I sometimes do after watching 5 seconds' worth, because I can tell exactly what's going to happen).
  6. Greg Alsobrook

    Greg Alsobrook Lifetime Achiever

    Apr 1, 2007
    The only funny SNLs I've seen in the past few years are the ones with Justin Timberlake hosting.

    As far as NBC goes, my wife and I enjoy many shows on that network. The Office, Community, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, etc. Just hope none of them get canceled prematurely like Studio 60 did. :(
  7. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Wife and I were huge fans of both Studio 60 and Life. I wish TNT or USA had picked either one up.
  8. johnck78

    johnck78 Godfather

    Feb 18, 2007
  9. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    SNL has been lame for a long time now. Besides a few good segments and shows, it has overall been pretty weak.

    I love the greatest hits from some like Will Ferrell, but besides that it is not that fun to watch IMO.
  10. QuickDrop

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    Jul 20, 2007
    Isn't the running joke that the headline "Saturday Night Dead" has been around almost as long as Saturday Night Live? With shows like The Daily Show, I do wish they were political in a less middle of the road fashion. But first and foremost the show is about sketch comedy and every generation seems to think the cast they grew up with was the best, so it's probably hasn't been much better or worse for most of it run than it is now.
  11. tsmacro

    tsmacro Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2005
    Yeah after watching it on and off for about 25 years now or so the truth of the matter is I don't think it was ever consistently great. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's terrible but most the time it's just so-so. And this can and often does vary over the course of a single show and always has as far as I can tell. Anyone that tells you that it used to hilarious all the time and now it sucks all the time has a very selective memory! Yeah all those "best of shows" that show the best skits from years past conveniently leave out the 95% of the skits not good enough to make the best of and lead to people not remembering how many average and bad skits there were in years past as well!
  12. Sackchamp56

    Sackchamp56 Godfather

    Nov 9, 2006
  13. dreadlk

    dreadlk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 18, 2007
  14. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    I record it every week, but I FF until I get to weekend update or if I see any digital shorts. Takes me less than 10 minutes to watch.

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