Season 38
Premier: September 15, 2012
Last episode: May 18, 2013
Episodes: 21
(Plus two episodes of Weekend Update Thursday)
Weekend Update anchor(s): Seth Meyers
Season Chronology
Previous Season 37
Next Season 39

The thirty-eighth season of Saturday Night Live premiered on September 15, 2012 and ended 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 was 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. Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Jason Sudeikis left the show at the end of the season, as did longtime writer Jim Downey.[1]



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

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

Portal 38 - Nasim Pedrad  Portal 38 - Jay Pharoah  Portal 38 - Jason Sudeikis 
Portal 38 - Kenan Thompson 


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


 Aired   Scheduled 

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




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

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