Saturday Night Live aired its twenty-ninth season during the 2003–04 television season on NBC. The twenty-ninth season began on October 4, 2003 and ended on May 15, 2004 with 20 episodes in all.
Before the start of the season Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan left the show and Dean Edwards was fired. Despite Kattan and Morgan's departure, the two would make guest appearances in several episodes throughout the season.
Before the season started, Will Forte, Seth Meyers and Jeff Richards were all promoted to repertory status, while Fred Armisen remained a featured player.
The show added two new black cast members: stand-up comedian Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson, a former child star from the Nickelodeon comedy shows All That and Kenan and Kel. With this season, Thompson becomes the first SNL cast member to be born after the show's premiere in 1975 and the first SNL cast member to get his start on children's shows.
This season saw the first appearance of Justin Timberlake as an SNL host.
The premiere episode of 2003/04 is hosted by Jack Black, with special guest appearances by Kyle Gass and Will Ferrell.
Pop star Justin Timberlake hosts.
Academy Award-winner Halle Berry hosts with guest Britney Spears.
Soap star Kelly Ripa takes a break from Regis and Kelly to host, with a special appearance by SNL alum Chris Kattan.
Tennis pro Andy Roddick hosts, with special guest John McEnroe.
Alec Baldwin returns once more to do what he does best, host SNL. Cameo appearance by Mike Myers.
Reverend Al Sharpton takes a break from politics to host, with special guest appearances by Paris Hilton and Tracy Morgan.
Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood hosts this 2003 holiday episode, with a guest appearance by Chris Kattan.
Jennifer Aniston returns to host, with a cameo appearance by Al Franken.
Pop couple Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey co-host.
Megan Mullally, costar of Will and Grace, hosts, with cameo appearances by Clay Aiken and Nick Offerman.
A Valentine's Day episode hosted by Drew Barrymore.
Pop star Christina Aguilera hosts.
Stage and screen actor Colin Firth hosts, with a guest appearance by Ana Gasteyer.
Ben Affleck returns to SNL to host, with a cameo appearance by Kelly Ripa.
Business mogul Donald Trump takes control for a night when he hosts.
A post-wardobe malfunction Janet Jackson hosts, with special appearances by Tracy Morgan, Chris Kattan, and Simon Cowell.
Teen star Lindsay Lohan hosts.
Hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg hosts.
Olsen twins Ashley and Mary-Kate host this finale episode of the 2003/04 season.