5. Millennial Millions
From the Jan. 19, 2019 episode hosted by Rachel Brosnahan, we got the latest installment in Saturday Night Live‘s long history of game show parodies. This time the target was millennials, seemingly everyone’s favorite group to ridicule these days.
Brosnahan, the star of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, had one of the most impressive first-time hosting performances in recent memory. The actress was committed to every sketch, delivered her lines flawless, and no doubt earned herself another invite down the line.
Some of those qualities were on display in “Millennial Millions” alongside Pete Davidson and Kenan Thompson. Along with Bill Hader, there may be no better game show host in SNL’s history than Thompson.
The sketch does a great job of setting up the audience to be sympathetic towards millennials. But that all changes when they can’t complete the simple challenges like not complaining or interrupting. Sure, there were jokes that came at the expense of Baby Boomers and Gen X but it was still the millennials that got it the worst.
The entire sketch played out like every inter-generational argument you’ve seen on Twitter and Facebook or probably heard in real life. In the end it was one of the smartest sketches Saturday Night Live gave us all season.