Saturday Night Live (season 38)
|Saturday Night Live
The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 38th season.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||21|
|Original run||September 15, 2012 – May 18, 2013|
Saturday Night Live aired its thirty-eighth season during the 2012–2013 television season on NBC. The season officially began on September 15, 2012, with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean. The season concluded on May 18, 2013 with host Ben Affleck and musical guest Kanye West.
Also airing this season were two election-themed episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, which aired on September 20, 2012 and September 27, 2012. Two months before the season premiere, original writer and occasional featured player Tom Davis died after a two-year battle with throat and neck cancer.
Prior to the start of the season, many cast changes occurred. Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig, both cast members since 2005, decided not to return following the end of the previous season. As well, prior to the start of the season, Abby Elliott, who had been a cast member since 2008, was let go after four seasons on the show. Vanessa Bayer, Taran Killam, and Jay Pharoah were upgraded to repertory status.
To fill the void, the show hired three new cast members: Chicago improvisers Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, and Cecily Strong as the replacements. According to the official press release, "Bryant trained at the iO Chicago, Annoyance Theatre and she was also part of the ensemble that performed on the Second City E.T.C Stage. Robinson also trained at the The Second City, he performed on their Mainstage and was also part of their National Touring Company. Like Robinson, Strong has also performed as part of the National Touring Company and trained at the iO Theater".
Longtime cast member Bill Hader, on the show since 2005, announced on May 14, 2013 that this season would be his last. In addition to Hader, this would also be the final season for Fred Armisen, who had been with the show since 2002, and for Jason Sudeikis, who had been a cast member since 2005, as well as previously writing for the show since 2003. This would also be the only season for featured player Tim Robinson, who would leave his spot in the cast to instead join the writing staff the following season.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
Seth Meyers and Colin Jost are the season's co-head writers. Prior to the start of the season, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater performers Josh Patten and Neil Casey joined the writing staff. 
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate||Ratings/share|
|725||1||Seth MacFarlane||Frank Ocean||September 15, 2012||4.8/12|
In the opening monologue, MacFarlane reprises his voices of Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, and Glenn Quagmire from Family Guy, and Roger Smith from American Dad!. He also did the voices of George Takei, Droopy the Dog, Marty McFly and Kermit the Frog.
Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong's first episode as cast members.Psy appears in the "Gangnam Style" sketch alongside Bobby Moynihan's impersonation.
|726||2||Joseph Gordon-Levitt||Mumford & Sons||September 22, 2012||5.0/12|
|Mumford & Sons performs "I Will Wait" and "Below My Feet" and appears in the Song Memories sketch in which the band performs "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" as a Beatles tribute band.|
|727||3||Daniel Craig||Muse||October 6, 2012||4.5/11|
|Caroll Spinney appears as Big Bird on Weekend Update.|
|728||4||Christina Applegate||Passion Pit||October 13, 2012||4.6/11|
|Usain Bolt appears in the cold open and "The Californians" sketch.|
|729||5||Bruno Mars||Bruno Mars||October 20, 2012||5.4/14|
|Tom Hanks appears in the cold open, introduces Mars' first number and appears in the "Merryville Brothers" sketch.|
|730||6||Louis C.K.||fun.||November 3, 2012||5.0/12|
|fun. performs "Some Nights" and "Carry On."|
|731||7||Anne Hathaway||Rihanna||November 10, 2012||5.0/12|
|Rihanna performs "Diamonds" and "Stay."|
|732||8||Jeremy Renner||Maroon 5||November 17, 2012||5.1/12|
|Drones" animated by Augenblick Studios.|
|733||9||Jamie Foxx||Ne-Yo||December 8, 2012||4.6/11|
Ne-Yo performs "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" and "She Is."
2 Chainz appears during Foxx's monologue.
Dermot Mulroney appears in the "Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney" sketch.Charlie Day appears in the "Maine Justice" sketch.
|734||10||Martin Short||Paul McCartney||December 15, 2012||5.1/12|
Paul McCartney performs "My Valentine" with Joe Walsh on guitar, "Cut Me Some Slack" with the surviving members of Nirvana (Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear), and "Wonderful Christmastime." McCartney also appears in the "Pageant Auditions" sketch.Silent Night" in remembrance of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that occurred a day earlier. The choir also joins McCartney on "Wonderful Christmastime."
|735||11||Jennifer Lawrence||The Lumineers||January 19, 2013||4.9/12|
|The Lumineers performs "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love."|
|736||12||Adam Levine||Kendrick Lamar||January 26, 2013||5.0/12|
|Maroon 5 bandmate Mickey Madden appears in the "Band Face-Off" sketch.|
|737||13||Justin Bieber||Justin Bieber||February 9, 2013||4.9/12|
|Whoopi Goldberg appears in the opening monologue and introduces Bieber's first performance.|
|738||14||Christoph Waltz||Alabama Shakes||February 16, 2013||4.6/12|
|Alabama Shakes performs "Hold On" and "Always Alright."|
|739||15||Kevin Hart||Macklemore and Ryan Lewis||March 2, 2013||4.8/12|
|Don Pardo was unavailable due to a broken hip. Instead he was impersonated by former cast member Darrell Hammond.|
|740||16||Justin Timberlake||Justin Timberlake||March 9, 2013||5.9/15|
Paul Simon, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Candice Bergen, and future cast member Mike O'Brien appear in the "Five-Timers Club" opening monologue. Aykroyd and Martin reprise the characters "The Festrunk Brothers" in the "It's a Date" sketch. Short, Martin and Chase also introduce Timberlake's second number as the Three Amigos.Andy Samberg appears in "It's a Date" and "Maine Justice". "It's a Date" was written by Samberg along with former SNL writers Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone of The Lonely Island.
|741||17||Melissa McCarthy||Phoenix||April 6, 2013||4.8/12|
Dennis Rodman appears in the cold opening.Peter Dinklage appears on Weekend Update.
|742||18||Vince Vaughn||Miguel||April 13, 2013||4.6/12|
|Steve Jones appears in the "History of Punk" sketch.|
|743||19||Zach Galifianakis||Of Monsters and Men||May 4, 2013||4.4/11|
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau cameos in the "Game of Game of Thrones" sketch.Jon Hamm appears in the pre-recorded edited version of the Darrell's House sketch.
|744||20||Kristen Wiig||Vampire Weekend||May 11, 2013||4.6/12|
|Weekend Update, the Target Lady, and Dooneese, one of the Finger Lakes singers.|
|745||21||Ben Affleck||Kanye West||May 18, 2013||4.7/12|
Affleck's wife Jennifer Garner appears in the opening monologue.Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Tim Robinson, and Jason Sudeikis' final episode as cast members.
|#||Special||Original airdate||U.S. viewers
|1||"Saturday Night Live Christmas"||November 28, 2012||7.36|
|A collection of memorable holiday-themed sketches from past and present eras. Sketches include: "Santa's My Boyfriend", Jimmy Fallon's Christmas song monologue, "Turner Classic Movies presents: This, You Call a Wonderful Life", "The Mark Jensen Family Christmas Special", Garrett Morris' performance of "Winter Wonderland," "Glengarry Glen Santa's Workshop," "Steve Martin's Holiday Wish," Weekend Update: Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song" from the season 20 episode hosted by Roseanne Barr, "Homelessville Mascot vs. Salvation Army Santa," Robert De Niro's monologue from season 30 (featuring an appearance by Kermit the Frog), "TV Funhouse: Christmastime for the Jews," Weekend Update: Stefon's Christmas Clubs from the season 37 episode hosted by Katy Perry, John Malkovich's monologue from season 34, the "Dick in a Box" Digital Short from the season 32 episode hosted by Justin Timberlake, "Consumer Probe," "Michael Buble's Holiday Duets," "The Vogelchecks' Christmas," "Martha Stewart's Topless Holiday Special," "Robert Goulet's Christmas Special," Weekend Update: Drunk Uncle Rambles About the Holidays, "What Up With That" from the season 35 episode hosted by James Franco, "NPR: Schwetty Balls," "Mary Katherine Gallager in the School Choir," and "Seasons Greetings From Saturday Night Live" from the season 26 episode hosted by Lucy Liu.|
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday
The third season of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, a limited-run series based on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" sketch, has aired in conjunction with this season. The specials focus on the United States presidential election. The show is hosted by Seth Meyers, Update's current host.
|Episode||Original airdate||Viewers (in millions)|
|"Season 3, Episode 1"||September 20, 2012||5.15|
|"Season 3, Episode 2"||September 27, 2012||4.67|
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