Saturday Night Live (season 28)

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Saturday Night Live (season 28)
The title card for the twenty-eighth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original network NBC
Original release October 5, 2002 (2002-10-05) – May 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)
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The twenty-eighth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between October 5, 2002, and May 17, 2003.

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.


Cast of 02/03. Back row from left to right: Richards, Edwards, Armisen, Kattan, Sanz, Fallon, Poehler, Forte and Dratch. Front row from left to right: Meyers, Morgan, Rudolph, Fey, Hammond and Parnell.

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



No. in
Host Musical guest(s) Original air date
526 1 Matt Damon Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band October 5, 2002
527 2 Sarah Michelle Gellar Faith Hill October 12, 2002
  • Faith Hill performs "Cry" and "Free", and appears during the "No Wrestling" sketch.
528 3 John McCain The White Stripes October 19, 2002
529 4 Eric McCormack Jay-Z November 2, 2002
530 5 Nia Vardalos Eve November 9, 2002
  • Eve performed "Gangsta Lovin'" and "Satisfaction", and appears during the "Dropping The L.B.'s With Missy E" sketch.
  • Tina Fey's mother Jean Fey appears during the opening monologue.
531 6 Brittany Murphy Nelly November 16, 2002
532 7 Robert De Niro Norah Jones December 7, 2002
533 8 Al Gore Phish December 14, 2002
534 9 Jeff Gordon Avril Lavigne January 11, 2003
535 10 Ray Liotta The Donnas January 18, 2003
  • The Donnas perform "Take It Off" and "Who Invited You".
536 11 Matthew McConaughey Dixie Chicks February 8, 2003
537 12 Jennifer Garner Beck February 15, 2003
538 13 Christopher Walken Foo Fighters February 22, 2003
539 14 Queen Latifah Ms. Dynamite March 8, 2003
540 15 Salma Hayek Christina Aguilera March 15, 2003
541 16 Bernie Mac Good Charlotte April 5, 2003
542 17 Ray Romano Zwan April 12, 2003
543 18 Ashton Kutcher 50 Cent May 3, 2003
544 19 Adrien Brody Sean Paul
Wayne Wonder
May 10, 2003
  • Sean Paul performs "Get Busy".
  • Wayne Wonder performs "No Letting Go".
  • Brody's parents Sylvia Plachy and Elliot Brody appear during the opening monologue.
  • Prior to Sean Paul's performance, Brody gives an improvised introduction while wearing faux dreadlocks and mumbling in a Jamaican accent for Paul, unbeknownst to the cast, crew and Lorne Michaels. Because of this, Brody has been banned from the show.
545 20 Dan Aykroyd Beyoncé May 17, 2003


Title Original air date
"The Best of Will Ferrell" September 28, 2002
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."
"SNL Christmas 2002" December 17, 2002
Holiday-themed sketches from past episodes are aired. Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey host.
Weekend Update Halftime Special January 26, 2003
Weekend Update Halftime Special, timed to compete with the Super Bowl XXXVII halftime show.


  1. ^ Davis, Tom (2009). Thirty-nine Years of Short-term Memory Loss. Grove Press. p. 173. ISBN 978-0-8021-1880-6. When Dan Aykroyd hosted the show in 2003, he brought me along. It was great fun writing and getting stuff on again; it was a terrific show.