“Saturday Night Live” kicked off its 42nd season last night with a star-studded season opener featuring host Margot Robbie and musical guest The Weeknd — along with Alec Baldwin debuting his anticipated turn as Donald Trump.
It didn’t take long for viewers to get their first glimpse, with Baldwin-as-Trump facing off against Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton in the cold open, which served up a hilarious re-enactment of Monday’s presidential debate.
The political humour continued in a “Family Feud” spoof that pitted Team Clinton (which included Darrell Hammond’s Bill Clinton and the return of Larry David as Bernie Sanders) vs. Team Trump, with Robbie playing a robot-like Ivanka Trump. In addition, we also saw cast impressions of Sarah Silverman, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Trump brothers Eric and Donald Jr.
In addition, another sketch cast Cecily Strong as Melania Trump to offer some insight into her mind as she brought us some “Melania Moments”:
Given all the buzz surrounding the season premiere, it shouldn’t be surprising that the premiere ratings were, to paraphrase Donald Trump, “yuge.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the season opener nabbed a healthy 5.8 share, an increase of nearly 30 per cent over last year’s premiere, and the largest season-premiere audience since 2008 (which, let’s not forget, was also during an election year).
“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global, and you can also watch full episodes and individual sketches online. Tune in on Saturday, Oct. 9 to catch guest host Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) and musical guest Twenty One Pilots.