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 September 27, 2014
 Season 40 episode
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 Episode 768
 Season Episode 1
 Host Chris Pratt
 Musical Guest(s) Ariana Grande
 Song(s) performed by
 Musical Guest(s)
"Break Free"
"Love Me Harder" (with The Weeknd)
Previous Episode
May 17, 2014
(Season 39)
Next Episode
October 4, 2014

The 768th episode and the season premiere of Season 40 of Saturday Night Live premiered on September 27, 2014, hosted by actor Chris Pratt, star of the NBC hit comedy series Parks and Recreation, as well as the Marvel Studios hit films Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Gurdians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and the Jurassic World trilogy, and the animated films The Lego Movie and the sequel The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part', Disney's Onward, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie, with musical guest Ariana Grande, a singer-songwriter, who performed "Break Free" and "Love Me Harder" with The Weeknd. Ariana Grande made her musical guest debut, and this is the first-time hosting on SNL for Chris Pratt.

This marked the first episode with Michael Che as both a cast member and a Weekend Update co-anchor and Pete Davidson as a cast member.

This is also marked the first episode with longtime former cast member Darrell Hammond as the show's new announcer.

Chris Pratt's goodnights speech is "Thank You!... to Ariana Grande. The Weeknd. My Lovely, Darling Wife Anna. The Cast, the Crew, My Family Watching. To Everybody. Thank You! Thank You!". (Cheers and applause)

Cast[]

Repertory Players[]

Featured Players[]

Leslie Jones makes her two uncredited appearances. Cameo Appearance by Pratt's then-wife Anna Faris

Sketches and Music Performances[]

 Cold Open   Sketch   Pre-recorded   Weekend Update   Music Performance   Other 

Title Image Summary
State of the Union with Candy Crowley Cold Open   Candy Crowley (Aidy Bryant) discusses the NFL's recent scandals with Ray Lewis (Kenan Thompson) and Shannon Sharpe (Jay Pharoah).
Opening Montage   Changed in honor of the show's 40th anniversary. Shows the cast engaging in various locations in New York City. Additionally, longtime cast member Nasim Pedrad, and first-year featured players John Milhiser, Mike O'Brien, Noël Wells and Brooks Wheelan are gone from the intro since 5 of them left the show prior to the season. First credits for Michael Che as both a cast member and Weekend Update co-anchor and Pete Davidson as a cast member. Lastly, this is also the first episode for Darrell Hammond as the new announcer. Only for the season premiere, a shot of GE building.
Monologue by Chris Pratt   Hosting for the first time, longtime SNL fan and actor Chris Pratt sings an original song for the audience about himself, with a cameo by his then-wife Anna Faris.
Cialis Turnt   Cialis Turnt is the only pill that combats erectile dysfunction while giving the user that unbeatable hip hop sensation of getting "turnt," because there's a lot of ecstasy in it. With Cecily Strong, Taran Killam, Aidy Bryant, and Beck Bennett.
Birthday Wish: Action Figures He-Man and Lion-O   A child (Kyle Mooney) wishes his toys He-Man, Lion-O and She-Ra (Chris Pratt, Taran Killam, and Ariana Grande) to life. With Aidy Bryant (his mother) and Cecily Strong (his sister).
Animal Hospital   Return of a sketch from the November 23, 2013 episode of the previous season. Veterinarians (Chris Pratt, Kate McKinnon, and Cecily Strong) kill off animals belonging to customers (Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan, and Kyle Mooney).
Marvel Can’t Fail   New line of Marvel films are made with no original thought and guaranteed to attract audiences everywhere. Long-time production designer Akira Yoshimura appears as one of the bus passengers.
Ariana Grande performs "Break Free"
Weekend Update with Colin Jost and Michael Che.   Features the return of "The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With At A Party"‎ and commentaries by Leslie Jones and Pete Davidson. Colin Jost and Michael Che advise President Barack Obama to cheer up by delivering sensible advice, as Kenan Thompson singing the song. After Weekend Update, an image of Don Pardo – SNL's nearly four decades long announcer, who died six weeks earlier – is shown in silence.
Legends Booty Rap   Aidy Bryant and Chris Pratt are bar patrons who turn to hip-hop to flirt. Also stars Vanessa Bayer, Sasheer Zamata, Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan, Beck Bennett, and Kyle Mooney.
Roommate Sitcom: Bad Boys   Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, and Chris Pratt are playing roommates in a bad sitcom. In a spoof of 90’s sitcoms, (Chris Pratt) falls in with a group of young bad boys, nearly alienating himself from his roommates (Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney).
NFL on CBS Truth in Advertising   NFL players are introduced with their crimes, rather than universities. Features the entire male cast of SNL (Pete Davidson, Kyle Mooney, Bobby Moynihan, Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson) as football players, including the first non-Update appearances of Colin Jost and Michael Che. Also features Leslie Jones.
Ariana Grande performs "Love Me Harder" with The Weeknd
Video Game Testers   A game developer (Taran Killam) asks three teens (Bobby Moynihan, Sasheer Zamata, and Pete Davidson) to review a game. They are horrified by the gratuitous making-out of the game's characters (Vanessa Bayer, Chris Pratt, and Kenan Thompson).
Goodnights and Closing Credits   Chris Pratt thanked Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, his lovely, darling then-wife Anna Faris, Lorne, the cast and crew, to his family for watching and everybody.

Trivia[]

Preceded by:
May 17, 2014
(Season 39)
Saturday Night Live episode Followed by:
October 4, 2014
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