Amid faltering ratings and an overreliance on ‘orange man bad’ Trump jokes, Saturday Night Live turned the clock back to the 1980s, welcoming Eddie Murphy’s menagerie of non-PC characters for its best show in a decade.

American politics has been Saturday Night Live’s bread and butter ever since the election of Donald Trump, but even Alec Baldwin himself has grown tired of portraying the president.

Three years of political commentary disguised as humor has taken its toll not just on its stars but also on the show’s ratings; pastiches of Robert Mueller, Rudy Giuliani and Jeff Sessions fell flat last year, and Season 45’s opener in September gave SNL its lowest-rated start to a season in five years.



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