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 channel 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



Saturday Night Live season 28 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
526 1 Matt Damon Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band October 5, 2002

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band performs "Lonesome Day" with Soozie Tyrell, and "You're Missing."

Jim Cummings performed voiceover work in the "Smurfette Show" TV Funhouse sketch.

Fred Armisen and Will Forte's first episode as cast members.
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
The White Stripes performs "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" and "We're Going to Be Friends."
529 4 Eric McCormack Jay-Z November 2, 2002
Jay-Z performs "Guns & Roses" with Lenny Kravitz and "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" with Kravitz and Beyoncé.
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

Nelly performs "Dilemma" with Kelly Rowland and "Hot in Herre", and appears in the "Astronaut Jones" sketch.

Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider appear during the cold open to perform "The Chanukah Song."

Garrett Morris appears during the "Astronaut Jones" sketch.
532 7 Robert De Niro Norah Jones December 7, 2002

Norah Jones performs "Don't Know Why" and "Come Away with Me."

Harvey Keitel appears during the "Very Versace Christmas" sketch.
533 8 Al Gore Phish December 14, 2002

Phish performs "46 Days" and "Chalk Dust Torture", and appears in the "Jarret's Room" sketch and the "Peanuts Christmas" cartoon.

Tipper Gore appears during the cold open and the Daily Affirmation With Stuart Smalley sketch.

The West Wing cast members Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, John Spencer, Martin Sheen, and Richard Schiff appear during the pre-recorded "The West Wing Set" sketch.

Al Franken appears during Daily Affirmation With Stuart Smalley, reprising his role as Stuart Smalley.

Brad Pitt performs a voice role during the "Peanuts Christmas" cartoon.
534 9 Jeff Gordon Avril Lavigne January 11, 2003
Avril Lavigne performs "I'm with You" and "Complicated".
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
Dixie Chicks perform "Travelin' Soldier" and "Sin Wagon", and appear during the "Jarret's Room" sketch.
537 12 Jennifer Garner Beck February 15, 2003
Beck performs "Lost Cause" and "Guess I'm Doing Fine".
538 13 Christopher Walken Foo Fighters February 22, 2003

Foo Fighters perform "All My Life" and "Times Like These", with Jim Carrey appearing during their second performance.

Steve Martin, Will Ferrell, and Britney Spears appear during Weekend Update. Additionally, Ferrell appears during the "Lovers" sketch.
539 14 Queen Latifah Ms. Dynamite March 8, 2003

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

Dan Aykroyd appears during the cold open, reprising his impression of Bob Dole.

Jeff Bergman and Tom Kenny provide the voices of Bugs Bunny and SpongeBob SquarePants respectively during the "X-Presidents" cartoon.
540 15 Salma Hayek Christina Aguilera March 15, 2003

Christina Aguilera performs "Beautiful" and "Fighter", and appears during the "Versace Oscar Fashion Preview" sketch.

Edward Norton appears during the opening monologue.
541 16 Bernie Mac Good Charlotte April 5, 2003
Good Charlotte performs "The Anthem" and "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous".
542 17 Ray Romano Zwan April 12, 2003
Zwan performs "Lyric" and "Settle Down".
543 18 Ashton Kutcher 50 Cent May 3, 2003
50 Cent performs "In Da Club" with G-Unit and "21 Questions" with G-Unit and Nate Dogg.
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 show.
545 20 Dan Aykroyd Beyoncé May 17, 2003

Beyoncé performs "Crazy in Love" with Jay-Z and "Dangerously in Love."

Jim Belushi appears during the opening monologue.

Chris Kattan's father Kip King appears during the "Rialto Grande" sketch.

John Goodman appears during "The Falconer" sketch, the "Donatella Versace Backyard Barbeque" sketch, and the "La Cuisina Canina" sketch.

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

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


# 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.


  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.