My husband and I love SNL. At the moment, the funniest cast in years is featured each week. Bill Hader is amazing, as is Andy Samburg and Jason Sedakis. We don’t care much for Kristin Whig.
We have watched the show faithfully for at least 20 years. Before then, we didn’t watch it. In spite of all the sighs and longing for the early days of the show, my husband and I (we were college kids and dating at the time) felt that the early days glorified drugs, and so we didn’t watch much of it.
And when our children were small, we didn’t watch much of it. This was in the pre-VCR days, which hasn’t been that long ago, and the last thing we wanted to do when we had small children was lose sleep watching TV.
But once VCR technology came around, we started taping the show and watching it after our children were in bed.
I’m going into this much detali so that it is obvious that my husband and I watch the show faithfully, not just once in a while when we know who the guest host is.
We have found over the years that SNL consistently present THE MOST CONSERVATIVE world-view of any television.
We have also seen that SNL is the ONLY show that consistently recognizes, in a respectful way, the major Christian holidays (Christmas and Easter) as CHRISTIAN holidays. Often the show will present skits in which Jesus is prominent, and in a respectful way.
Other shows, with only a few exceptions, utterly ignore religion and Christianity, and never mention Jesus. (The exceptions are Family Matters (the one with Steve Urkel), The Simpsons, and The Unit.)
I agree with others that SNL is a satire show, and is not likely to come under criticism by Catholic League because 1) they are supposed to make fun of things and 2) they make up for any insults to the Catholic Church by being the SOLE SHOW to present respectful skits about Jesus and Christianity.
We need to be careful not to attack our “friends.” This show has consistently kept Christianity alive to 14-year olds. Let’s not leap on them because of one mess-up in a skit.
I wish I had the time to do a study of SNL’s “religious skits” over the years. I think people would be shocked at just how respectful the show is.