Samuel L. Jackson / Ben Folds Five
January 10, 1998

[OPENING] President Clinton's $40 billion movie project

Nothing unusual here ... Darrell does a great job doing what he does best.

Grade: B


[MONOLOGUE] Samuel L. Jackson

Not bad, but a little lame.

Grade: C


[COMMERCIAL] Lemon Glow Floor Cleaner

I guess NBC is running out of money. Repeat of not so funny commercial. Funniest part is Shannon's "biker chick" phase. I wonder what Martha Stewart would say.

Grade: C+


[SKETCH] Publisher's Clearing House Giveaway

The funniest sketch of the show, Tim Meadows finally showed what he was made of. Tracy Morgan is turning into the next Garrett Morris, since he's taking on the task of playing big, black women. But he's so good at it. How can you complain.

Grade: A


[SKETCH] Bravo's Interview with Quentin Tarentino

A bunch of cheezy impersonations thrown in with Samuel. Still funny.

Grade: B


[SKETCH] PBS's Jazzterpieces

Not at all funny, this sketch tries to be something it's not: funny. The writing just stunk and the number of jokes were less then Homer Simpson's hair.

Grade: D


[SKETCH] Judge Judy

It's about time someone made fun of her. As Larry King aka Norm would say "She's a real class act."

Grade: B+


[TV FUNHOUSE] George Clooney

Could have been a lot more funny, this cartoon made more plot than jokes. Still, it was fun to watch. And not to mention a new perspective on Fran Dresher.

Grade: A


[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Colin Quinn

The vast majority of Colin's jokes were very funny. More so than Norm. But with that accent of his, I don't know if he can deliver jokes the way Norm did.

Grade: A-


[MUSICAL GUEST] Ben Folds Five (performing 'Brick')

I thought there was suppose to be five of them.

Grade: A


[SKETCH] Titanic's evacuation

So funny cuz it's so true.

Grade: B


[SKETCH] Mango breaks another heart

My favorite recurring character, Mango has the charm and potential to become the next "Roxbury Duo." If they did make a Mango Movie, I'm sure it would be the next "Austin Powers." Mango NEEDS to change scenery. Could you see him at a baseball game? As the new mascot? Or how about as a dancer on Broadway? Don't make the same mistake as they did with the "Roxbury Guys" and make only one setting.

But I hope it doesn't air again. I flunked an Algebra test just thinking about Mango. Mango, what did you do to me?!

Grade: A


[SKETCH] The Learning Annex

"SNL" never makes good infomercial parodies. "Mad TV" does them better.

Grade: C-


[SKETCH] The Playboy Channel

One of the worst sketches of the season, I would have expected this from FOX, but not "Saturday Night Live." Nothing on it was funny and the whole point of this one was beyond my comprehension.

Grade: F


[COMMERCIAL] The Weston Collection's I'm #1


Grade: B

Episode Review written by Eric Hananoki
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