Saturday Night Live (Season 28)

Saturday Night Live Season 28
The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 28th season.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original channel NBC
Original run October 5, 2002 – May 17, 2003
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Saturday Night Live aired its twenty-eighth season during the 2002-2003 television season on NBC. Season 28 started on October 5, 2002 and ended on May 17, 2003 having 20 episodes through the season.

Before the start of the season, Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer left the show. The latter gave birth to her baby and went on maternity leave, but decided not to return to the show during her leave. Hired to fill their absences were comedian/musician Fred Armisen and TV writer Will Forte (of The Groundlings), who both joined the show as featured players.

This would be the final season for Dean Edwards, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan. The latter two would make cameo appearances in many episodes of the following season.


bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



Saturday Night Live season 28 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
5261 Matt Damon Bruce Springsteen & the E Street BandOctober 5, 2002

Will Forte and Fred Armisen's first episode as cast members.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band performed "Lonesome Day" and "You're Missing."

Jim Cummings performed voiceover work in the "Smurfette Show" TV Funhouse sketch. 
5272 Sarah Michelle Gellar Faith HillOctober 12, 2002

Chris Parnell takes over as George W. Bush from Will Ferrell.

Faith Hill performed "Cry" and "Free." 
5283 John McCain The White StripesOctober 19, 2002

This episode contains a Meet the Press sketch where John McCain denies that he'll run for President of the United States in 2004 and 2008. Ironically, McCain was the Republican presidential candidate in 2008.

The White Stripes performed "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" and "We're Going to Be Friends." 
5294 Eric McCormack Jay-Z
Lenny Kravitz & Beyoncé
November 2, 2002
Jay-Z and Lenny Kravitz performed "Guns & Roses" for the first performance. Jay-Z and Beyoncé performed "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" for the second performance. 
5305 Nia Vardalos EveNovember 9, 2002
Eve performed "Gangsta Lovin" and "Satisfaction." 
5316 Brittany Murphy NellyNovember 16, 2002

Nelly performed "Dilemma" (with Kelly Rowland) and "Hot in Herre."

Cameos for this episode include former SNL cast members Garrett Morris, Rob Schneider, and Adam Sandler
5327 Robert De Niro Norah JonesDecember 7, 2002

Harvey Keitel makes a cameo appearance during the Versace sketch.

Norah Jones performed "Don't Know Why" and "Come Away with Me." 
5338 Al Gore PhishDecember 14, 2002

Al Franken reprises his recurring character Stuart Smalley.

Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, John Spencer, Martin Sheen, and Richard Schiff make appearances in the filmed sketch, "Al Gore Goes on The West Wing Set".

Phish performed "46 Days" and "Chalk Dust Torture." and appeared in the "Jarret's Room" sketch and TV Funhouse
5349 Jeff Gordon Avril LavigneJanuary 11, 2003
Avril Lavigne performed "I'm with You" and "Complicated." 
53510 Ray Liotta The DonnasJanuary 18, 2003
The Donnas performed "Take It Off" and "Who Invited You." 
53611 Matthew McConaughey Dixie ChicksFebruary 8, 2003
Dixie Chicks performed "Travelin' Soldier" and "Sin Wagon". 
53712 Jennifer Garner BeckFebruary 15, 2003
Beck performed "Lost Cause" and "Guess I'm Doing Fine." During the credits, Beck and his band parody the "Clappin" commercial from earlier in the show. 
53813 Christopher Walken Foo FightersFebruary 22, 2003

Steve Martin, Will Ferrell, and Britney Spears make cameo appearances in the Weekend Update segment; Ferrell also appeared in a "Lov-ahs" sketch.

Jim Carrey appeared during the Foo Fighters' second performance, using his leg as an air guitar on stage.

Foo Fighters performed "All My Life" and "Times Like These." 
53914 Queen Latifah Ms. DynamiteMarch 8, 2003

Ms. Dynamite performed "Dy-Na-Mi-Tee."

Former cast member Dan Aykroyd appears as Bob Dole in the cold opening.

Voice artists Jeff Bergman and Tom Kenny provide voicework on the X-President's TV Funhouse. 
54015 Salma Hayek Christina AguileraMarch 15, 2003

Christina Aguilera performed "Beautiful" and "Fighter."

Edward Norton makes a cameo appearance in the monologue. 
54116 Bernie Mac Good CharlotteApril 5, 2003
Good Charlotte performed "The Anthem" and "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous". 
54217 Ray Romano ZwanApril 12, 2003
Zwan performed "Lyric" and "Settle Down." 
54318 Ashton Kutcher 50 CentMay 3, 2003
50 Cent performed "In Da Club" and "21 Questions." 
54419 Adrien Brody Sean Paul
Wayne Wonder
May 10, 2003
Sean Paul performed "Get Busy." Wayne Wonder performed "No Letting Go." 
54520 Dan Aykroyd BeyoncéMay 17, 2003

Dean Edwards, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan's final episode as cast members.

As part of his monologue, Dan Aykroyd performs alongside John Belushi's brother, James Belushi, as a Blues Brothers-esque singing group called "The Dancing Refrigerators".

Beyoncé performed "Crazy in Love" (with Jay-Z) and "Dangerously in Love."

Former host John Goodman has cameo appearances in three sketches.

Aykroyd brought in Tom Davis, one of the show's original writers, to help write this episode.[1] 


# Special Original airdate
1 "The Best of Will Ferrell" September 28, 2002
The special featured some of the best material featuring Will Ferrell during his stint on the show. Sketches include: "Alta Dena Mandatory Drug Assembly", "Cow Bell", "Dissin' Your Dog", "Spartan Cheerleaders", "The Coconuts Bangers Ball: It's A Rap!", "Celebrity Jeopardy", "Inside The Actors Studio", "Space, The Infinite Frontier with Harry Caray", "Luvahs at the Welshly Arm Motel", "Roxbury Guys", "The Replacement Nude Model", "Tension Dinner" and "Jacob Silj." 
2 "SNL Christmas 2002" December 17, 2002
Holiday-themed sketches from past episodes are aired. Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey host. 
3 Weekend Update Halftime Special January 26, 2003
Weekend Update Halftime Special, timed to compete with the Super Bowl XXXVII halftime show


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