Seth MacFarlane hosted the first "SNL" since 2010 to feature new cast members at the start of the season -- Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong (Kate McKinnon joined the cast late last season) -- and he was ... fairly excellent. The last time "SNL" premiered after the Olympics we were unfortunate enough to get Michael Phelps as host.
This was Charles Barkley's third time as host. He's had his memorable moments - like his Jay Mohr written 1993 monologue in which he plays basketball against Barney the dinosaur - and I'm sure that he's fun to be around, but, like most athletes, leaves something to be desired as a host. Last night was no different (But he is a lot better than most.)