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Benedict returns to ‘Saturday Night Live’

After six years, Benedict returned to the Saturday Night Live stage last night to take on hosting duties for the second time in his career!

The episode’s been really well-received by critics and fans. Critic Michael Martin said in his review for the A.V. Club:

The show was clearly enamored of Cumberbatch […] The material was much better this time around, and cast in a wide range of roles from suburban dad to Western cowpoke to Downton-era dandy, Cumberbatch was completely successful. He made the show better in spots where it didn’t strictly need the help—he was so good that I can see the show calling on him as a utility player; I predict he’ll be a relatively quick inductee into the Five-Timer’s Club.

During the broadcast, critic Erik Anderson said on Twitter:

Actress Ming-Na Wen also said some lovely words:

Not to mention Benedict was the first host to appear in their episode’s Cold Open since Jason Sudeikis did last October! Talk about a return!

Check out clips of the episode below: