Emmys 2022: Grade Kenan Thompson's Opening Number

Live from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre, it’s Kenan Thompson as Emmys host!

The Saturday Night Live star and self-proclaimed “mayor of television” emceed the gigantic awards ceremony’s 74th annual installment Monday, opening the show with a few jokes (“TV is all we have, from ‘Netflix and chill’ to ‘Paramount+ and eating dinner alone'”) that segued into a dance mash-up in which performers shimmied to snippets of popular TV shows’ themes throughout the years. “We’ve never been able to dance to them… until now!” Thompson cried.

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The medley that followed included an umbrella-filled tribute to Friends, ending with a dig (“Hey, y’all ever seen Living Single?” Thompson joked, “I think you’d like it.”); a nod to The Brady Bunch, complete with applause for the members of the show’s cast who were in attendance; a perp walk-tastic dance to the Law & Order theme; an eerie interlude for Stranger Things and the big finish: Dancers dressed as Game of Thrones‘ Unsullied soldiers dancing with spears, topped by Thompson strutting through in a platinum blonde Targaryen wig.

Press PLAY on the video below to watch the opening, grade it via the poll below, then hit the comments! 

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