Saturday Night Live aired its twenty-seventh season during the 2001-2002 television season on NBC. The season started on September 29, 2001 and ended on May 18, 2002, 20 episodes were produced.
Eighteen days before the season started, the September 11, 2001 attacks took place in New York. The season premiere went on as scheduled, with a special cold open featuring Rudy Giuliani, the Mayor of New York City at the time, along with the firefighters and police officers of New York, declaring that despite the terrorist attack, New York City will run as normal and Saturday Night Live will go on as planned.
Three weeks into the season the show faced another scare when anthrax was found in the GE Building. The scare caused most of the cast and crew, as well as that week's guest host Drew Barrymore, to evacuate the building.
Before the start of the season, Jerry Minor and Chris Parnell were both let go from the show. However, luck was on Parnell's side as he was hired back to the show mid-season in the episode hosted by Jonny Moseley, becoming the second cast member to be hired back to the show after being fired, the first person being Jim Belushi in 1983.
Reese Witherspoon hosts the season premiere. NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani opens the first show following the 9/11 attacks.
American Pie's Seann William Scott hosts, with a cameo appearance by Chevy Chase.
Repeat guest Drew Barrymore cuts loose on SNL, with special appearances by Tom Green and Colin Quinn.
John Goodman returns to host, with special guest Dan Aykroyd.
Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow returns to host.
Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton hosts, with a cameo appearance by Ashton Kutcher.
Yankees legend Derek Jeter hosts, and gets a visit from teammates David Cone and David Wells.
Stage and screen star Hugh Jackman shows off his many talents on SNL.
Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres hosts the 2001 Christmas episode, with a guest appearance by Rudy Giuliani.
Movie heartthrob Josh Hartnett hosts.
The cast of SNL tries to keep up with funnyman Jack Black when he hosts. Special appearance by Kyle Gass.
Britney Spears returns to host, with special guest Dan Aykroyd.
Olympic skiier Jonny Mosely hosts.
Jon Stewart takes a break from The Daily Show to host.
Legendary actor and Lord Of The Rings wizard Ian McKellan shows his comedic ability when he hosts.
Cameron Diaz brings the charm when she hosts SNL.
The most electrifying man in sports entertainment, The Rock has returned to Saturday Night Live!
Super-host Alec Baldwin returns.
Spiderman costar Kirsten Dunst hosts.
Winona Ryder helps bring the 2001/02 season to a close.