This year has been a particularly eventful one for Saturday Night Live with seven new cast members joining the ranks following the 2013 departures of Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg the year before that (they’re all doing so well now!). In fact, it’s been so eventful that some people may have given up on watching the program with so many audience favorites gone.
We’ve kept up with this new wave of players for the sake of journalism and so far, there have been a lot of hits and a lot of misses in this, the 39th season of SNL, but that’s always been the case whether the cast was full of veterans or not. Still, you deserve to know who’s worth watching and who isn’t. After all, these are the people who are going to be in all your indie rom-coms seven years from now.
p.s. We’re giving Sasheer Zamata a break since this is only her third week on the show.