Saturday Night Live: John Krasinski hosts strong first episode of 2021

Handful of sketches used clever premises and played to Krasinski’s strengths while allowing the regular cast to shine

Saturday Night Live returns from the holiday hiatus to find the country in 2021 much-changed. Given all that’s happened, it makes sense the show would attempt to cover a range of topics in their cold open.

On What Still Works, talk show host Kate McKinnon attempts to figure out which parts of American society are still functioning. The answer, depressingly but not surprisingly, is pretty much nothing.

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