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The thirty-eighth season of Saturday Night Live premiered on September 15, 2012 and concluded it on May 18, 2013. Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg had left at the end of the previous season, and Abby Elliott had been fired. This is the first season for Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong as cast members, and the only season for Tim Robinson, who joined at the start of the season and moved to the writers' room for season 39. Vanessa Bayer, Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah were all upgraded to repertory status. It would be the final season for Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and longtime writer Jim Downey.[1]

The opening montage is changed with the words SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE being blue. New York footage is still shown but the cast are still photos.



Portal 38 - Fred Armisen.jpg  Portal 38 - Vanessa Bayer.jpg  Portal 38 - Bill Hader.jpg 

Portal 38 - Taran Killam.jpg  Portal 38 - Seth Meyers.jpg  Portal 38 - Bobby Moynihan.jpg 

Portal 38 - Nasim Pedrad.jpg  Portal 38 - Jay Pharoah.jpg  Portal 38 - Jason Sudeikis.jpg 

Portal 38 - Kenan Thompson.jpg 


Portal 38 - Aidy Bryant.jpg  Portal 38 - Kate McKinnon.jpg 
Portal 38 - Tim Robinson.jpg  Portal 38 - Cecily Strong.jpg 


Date Image Host Music Guest
September 15, 2012 12ahost1.jpg Seth MacFarlane Frank Ocean
September 22, 2012 12bhost1.jpg Joseph Gordon-Levitt Mumford & Sons
October 6, 2012 12chost1.jpg Daniel Craig Muse
October 13, 2012 12dhost1.jpg Christina Applegate Passion Pit
October 20, 2012 12ehost1.jpg Bruno Mars Bruno Mars
November 3, 2012 12fhost1.jpg Louis C.K. Fun
November 10, 2012 12ghost1.jpg Anne Hathaway Rihanna
November 17, 2012 12hhost1.jpg Jeremy Renner Maroon 5
December 8, 2012 12ihost1.jpg Jamie Foxx Ne-Yo
December 15, 2012 12jhost1.jpg Martin Short Paul McCartney
January 19, 2013 12khost1.jpg Jennifer Lawrence The Lumineers
January 26, 2013 12lhost1.jpg Adam Levine Kendrick Lamar
February 9, 2013 12mhost1.jpg Justin Bieber Justin Bieber
February 16, 2013 12nhost1.jpg Christoph Waltz Alabama Shakes
March 2, 2013 12ohost1.jpg Kevin Hart Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
March 9, 2013 12phost1.jpg Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake
April 6, 2013 12qhost1.jpg Melissa McCarthy Phoenix
April 13, 2013 12rhost1.jpg Vince Vaughn Miguel
May 4, 2013 12shost1.jpg Zach Galifianakis Of Monsters and Men
May 11, 2013 12thost1.jpg Kristen Wiig Vampire Weekend
May 18, 2013 12uhost1.jpg Ben Affleck Kanye West


  • Upright Citizens Brigade Theater performers Josh Patten and Neil Casey joined the writing staff.
  • Two election-themed episodes of the spin-off Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, which aired on September 20, 2012 and September 27, 2012.
  • Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck become the newest members of the Five-Timers Club, with the former being the youngest member of the club, as of 2013. 
  • Christoph Waltz was the first German-speaking host on Saturday Night Live.



Tom Davis (July 19, 2012)


Preceded by:
Season 37
Season 38
(2012— 2013)
Followed by:
Season 39