As Saturday Night Live begins its 38th season this weekend, Yahoo has rolled out its new, exclusive online archive of all previous SNL episodes. Clicking through the archives demonstrates how often it's gone after the overblown car ad, already a hoary collection of cliches 30 years ago. Here's the best car parodies SNL has done over the decades — along with one so naughty it's officially verboten:
Royal Deluxe II
One of the all-time greats from 1977, featuring a Detroit luxury sedan with a ride so smooth you could host a special Jewish custom in the back seat. Dan Aykroyd even puts the right emphasis on "roadability."
Urban Sleepy Boy 2000
Tim Kazurinsky plays a young boy who can't sleep due to that most '80s of afflictions, the car alarm that won't shut off. From SNL's wilderness years, a good example of how odd the show got without Lorne Michaels
Lux 420SL, the car for crazy people
Cliff Robertson brings his gravitas to a spoof that makes one believe all those stories about drug use backstage at SNL.
Our collection doesn't include the infamous "Mercury Mistress" ad, featuring Chris Parnell and a car that could satisfy its owner's every desire. (Ford complained, loudly and immediately.) But it does offer this bit from 2007, where Peyton Manning puts his shoulder behind a Mercedes that can cook its own meat loaf. (If automakers could build a car that did a few of these things, people would treat it like an iPhone.)
For me, "The Adobe" stands as the best car ad parody SNL has ever done. From Phil Hartman's narration to the small details like the hubcaps, this 1986 classic has held up far better than the first car to ever break the $200 barrier should.