Saturday Night Live aired its twenty-eighth season during the 2002-2003 television season on NBC. Season 28 started on October 5, 2002 and ended on May 17, 2003 having 20 episodes through the 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, 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.
Oscar winner and mega-star Matt Damon hosts the season premier.
Golden Globe nominated actress Sarah Michelle Gellar hosts.
Senator John McCain becomes the first and only sitting Senator to host the show.
Will from Will and Grace, Eric McCormack, stops by to host.
Oscar nominated actress Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) hosts.
Brittany Murphy hosts with special guest appearances by SNL alum Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, and Garrett Morris.
The iconic Robert De Niro hosts.
Former Vice President Al Gore hosts with special guest appearances by Tipper Gore and Al Franken.
American race car driver Jeff Gordon tries his hand at sketch comedy when he hosts.
Golden Globe nominated actor Ray Liotta is the host.
Matthew McConaughey is chilling with the SNL cast this week.
Golden Globe winning actress Jennifer Garner hosts.
Oscar winning actor Christopher Walken hosts, with special guest appearances by Britney Spears, Will Ferrell, and Steve Martin.
Singer and Oscar nominated actress Queen Latifah comes to SNL.
The beautiful and talented Salma Hayek shows off her comedic abilities when she hosts.
Bernie Mac is in charge this week.
Sitcom star Ray Romano is back again to host SNL.
Ashton Kutcher is in his comfort zone when he hosts SNL.
Oscar winner Adrien Brody comes to Studio 8H.
Former cast member and SNL icon Dan Aykroyd hosts the season finale. Guest appearances by John Goodman and Jim Belushi.