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The 46th season of Saturday Night Live commenced on October 3, 2020, and concluded on May 22, 2021.

After the string of Saturday Night Live At Home episodes, the season premiere marked the return to Studio 8H. The entire season 45 cast returned, the first time there were no cast departures since season 41.

Featured player Ego Nwodim was promoted to repertory status while Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang remained as featured players.

Joining the show this season are three new cast members who were added to the cast as featured players: SNL staff writer/stand-up comic Andrew Dismukes, UCB alum player Lauren Holt, and stand-up comedian Punkie Johnson.

Though not members of the cast, on September 16, 2020, it was announced that Alec Baldwin and Maya Rudolph would reprise their respective roles as Donald Trump and Kamala Harris.

Jim Carrey took over the impersonating role of Joe Biden for the first six consecutive shows of the season; former cast member Jason Sudeikis and Woody Harrelson had intermittently cameoed as Biden for previous episodes, and John Mulaney had protrayed him on the episode he hosted. His performance proved unpopular among fans, however, and he departed the role before the mid-season break.

It was announced that six episodes would premiere in a row, a first. The fifth would fall on October 31, making it the first time that a new episode would premiere on Halloween since 1992.

Cast members Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong were mostly absent from the season's early episodes, because COVID-related rescheduling caused their other projects (Bryant's Shrill and Strong's Schmigadoon) to conflict with SNL's dates. Strong returned to SNL for the December 5, 2020 episode, and Bryant returned for the January 30, 2021 episode.

On October 7th, 2020, it was announced that Morgan Wallen's appearance as musical guest on the October 10, 2020 episode was dropped due to many videos surfacing of Wallen partying without a mask and not social distancing; Jack White was rushed in as a replacement. Wallen was instead rescheduled for December 5, 2020 episode.

The season debuted a new opening montage with new title cards, replacing the previous videos and block lettering with script over still photos.

This is also the final season for longtime cast member Beck Bennett, (he had been a cast member since 2013); as he left the show after eight seasons; first-year featured player Lauren Holt, also did not return for the following season, after just a year.

This was also the final season for Don Roy King, who directed the show since the 32nd season, as he is set to retire at the folowing season.

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Changes[]

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Episodes[]

Episode
Number
Season
Number
Date Host(s) Musical Guest(s)
890 1 October 3, 2020 Chris Rock Megan Thee Stallion
891 2 October 10, 2020 Bill Burr Jack White
892 3 October 17, 2020 Issa Rae Justin Bieber
893 4 October 24, 2020 Adele H.E.R.
894 5 October 31, 2020 John Mulaney The Strokes
895 6 November 7, 2020 Dave Chappelle Foo Fighters
896 7 December 5, 2020 Jason Bateman Morgan Wallen
897 8 December 12, 2020 Timothée Chalamet Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
898 9 December 19, 2020 Kristen Wiig Dua Lipa
899 10 January 30, 2021 John Krasinski Machine Gun Kelly
900 11 February 6, 2021 Dan Levy Phoebe Bridgers
901 12 February 13, 2021 Regina King Nathaniel Rateliff
902 13 February 20, 2021 Regé-Jean Page Bad Bunny
903 14 February 27, 2021 Nick Jonas
904 15 March 27, 2021 Maya Rudolph Jack Harlow
905 16 April 3, 2021 Daniel Kaluuya St. Vincent
906 17 April 10, 2021 Carey Mulligan Kid Cudi
907 18 May 8, 2021 Elon Musk Miley Cyrus
908 19 May 15, 2021 Keegan-Michael Key Olivia Rodrigo
909 20 May 22, 2021 Anya Taylor-Joy Lil Nas X

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Preceded by:
Season 45
Season 46
(2020— 2021)
Followed by:
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