NBC aired the three and a half hour 40th Anniversary special for their beloved late night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live last night, and it was surely an affair to remember, with memorable appearances by comedians who got their start on the show, such as Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake kicked off the show with a memorable cold open, which is just one of many video highlights you can watch below, in case you missed the special or just want to relive it all over again.
Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special was watched by 23.1 million viewers last night, making it the network's most-watched primetime program in over 10 years, excluding post-Super Bowl programs. The ratings were the highest since the 2004 series finale of ER, which was watched by 23.9 million viewers. Also, excluding the Super Bowl and major awards ceremonies, 40th Anniversary Special was the most-watched program on all of the major networks since a September 2011 episode of CBS' Two and a Half Men, where 28.7 million viewers watched Ashton Kutcher's first episode.
Take a look at the video highlights below, which includes a reunion of The Californians, a new Wayne's World sketch with Dana Carvey and Mike Myers, a special Weekend Update with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Jane Curtin, a new Digital Short entitled "That's Where You Break" starring Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler and the return of Celebrity Jeopardy with Will Ferrell.
Cold Open With Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon
Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Rock, Peyton Manning, Miley Cyrus, Billy Crystal, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon debate over whether comedians, actors, former cast members, athletes, musicians or guys named Paul make the best hosts.
From The Chris Farley Show to Bronx Beat, SNL recaps 40 years of unforgettable sketches.
The Super Bass-O-Matic is back, better than ever and it's got a brand new name: Super Bass-O-Matic 2150.
Alex Trebek (Will Ferrell) tries his best to keep contestants Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond), Justin Bieber (Kate McKinnon), Tony Bennett (Alec Baldwin), Burt Reynolds (Norm MacDonald), Christoph Waltz (Taran Killam), Matthew McConaughey (Jim Carrey) and Bill Cosby (Kenan Thompson) in line.
Robert De Niro introduces a supercut of sketches that pay homage to New York City.
Paul McCartney - "Maybe I'm Amazed"
The Californians (Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Laraine Newman, Kenan Thompson, Betty White, Taylor Swift) reunite and get some surprising news about their pool boy Craig (Bradley Cooper). Plus, David Spade and Cecily Strong bring the sketch to an abrupt end.
Weekend Update with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Jane Curtin
Weekend Update: Roseanne Roseannadanna
Emma Stone answers reader letters as Gilda Radner's iconic character.
Weekend Update: Stefon
Weekend Update: Matt Foley
Weekend Update Retrospective
Chevy Chase Tribute
Marty & Beyoncé
Martin Short and Beyoncé (Maya Rudolph) reminisce about SNL's musical acts with help from Garth & Kat (Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig), Marty & Bobbi Culp (Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer), Opera Man (Adam Sandler), King Tut (Steve Martin) and The Blues Brothers (James Belushi, Dan Aykroyd).
Eddie Murphy Tribute
Derek Jeter and Peyton Manning introduce a look back at 40 years of sports sketches, including Bill Swerski's Super Fans, Boston Teens and Yankee Wives.
Miley Cyrus - "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
Miley Cyrus performs a cover of Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover."
Louis C.K. introduces a compilation of SNL's short films, including Mr. Bill, TV Funhouse, The Ambiguously Gay Duo and SNL Digital Shorts.
Digital Short: That's When You Break
Bill Murray honors the dearly departed members of the SNL family.
Paul Simon: Still Crazy After All These Years
Jack Black introduces Paul Simon and the Saturday Night Live band's performance of "Still Crazy After All These Years."
Steve Martin wishes viewers a goodnight surrounded by all of the night's performers and SNL creator Lorne Michaels.