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 originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 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.

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.


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.

Cast roster[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor

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.



No. in
HostMusical guest(s)Original air date
5261Matt DamonBruce Springsteen & the E Street BandOctober 5, 2002 (2002-10-05)

5272Sarah Michelle GellarFaith HillOctober 12, 2002 (2002-10-12)

  • Faith Hill performs "Cry" and "Free", and appears during the "No Wrestling" sketch.
5283John McCainThe White StripesOctober 19, 2002 (2002-10-19)

5294Eric McCormackJay-ZNovember 2, 2002 (2002-11-02)

5305Nia VardalosEveNovember 9, 2002 (2002-11-09)

  • 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.
5316Brittany MurphyNellyNovember 16, 2002 (2002-11-16)

5327Robert De NiroNorah JonesDecember 7, 2002 (2002-12-07)

5338Al GorePhishDecember 14, 2002 (2002-12-14)

5349Jeff GordonAvril LavigneJanuary 11, 2003 (2003-01-11)

53510Ray LiottaThe DonnasJanuary 18, 2003 (2003-01-18)

  • The Donnas perform "Take It Off" and "Who Invited You".
53611Matthew McConaugheyDixie ChicksFebruary 8, 2003 (2003-02-08)

53712Jennifer GarnerBeckFebruary 15, 2003 (2003-02-15)

53813Christopher WalkenFoo FightersFebruary 22, 2003 (2003-02-22)

53914Queen LatifahMs. DynamiteMarch 8, 2003 (2003-03-08)

54015Salma HayekChristina AguileraMarch 15, 2003 (2003-03-15)

54116Bernie MacGood CharlotteApril 5, 2003 (2003-04-05)

54217Ray RomanoZwanApril 12, 2003 (2003-04-12)

54318Ashton Kutcher50 CentMay 3, 2003 (2003-05-03)

54419Adrien BrodySean Paul
Wayne Wonder
May 10, 2003 (2003-05-10)

  • 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.
54520Dan AykroydBeyoncéMay 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)


TitleOriginal air date
"The Best of Will Ferrell"September 28, 2002 (2002-09-28)
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 (2002-12-17)
Holiday-themed sketches from past episodes are aired. Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey host.
Weekend Update Halftime SpecialJanuary 26, 2003 (2003-01-26)
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.