When I put together the first Somewhat Obsessive Guide to All 36 Seasons of SNL Streaming on Netflix, Netflix had yet to post seasons 26-30. That has since been corrected! So here’s my guide to those five seasons, featuring Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon’s first episodes on the Weekend Update desk, Conan O’Brien’s hosting gig, and the first show after 9/11. All of this is being edited into the original guide, so feel free to go bookmark that for reference, as it now includes all 36 seasons. Happy streaming!
Season 26, Episode 1: Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey’s first episode as anchors of Weekend Update.
Season 26, Episode 12: Molly Shannon’s last episode as a cast member.
Season 27, Episode 1: The first episode to air after the attacks of September 11th. Rudy Giuliani and members of the New York City Fire Department appear during the cold open to introduce the episode and urge everyone to stay strong in the face of adversity.
Season 27, Episode 20: Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer’s final episode as cast members.
Season 28, Episode 1: First episode featuring Will Forte and Fred Armisen.
Season 29, Episode 20: Jimmy Fallon’s final episode. Also the Olsen twins host! Great.
Season 30, Episode 1: Amy Poehler appears as co-anchorer of Weekend Update for the first time.
Season 26, Episode 3: Dana Carvey hosts.
Season 26, Episode 6: Tom Green brought along his own writers for this episode. Also, during the monologue he asks Drew Barrymore, who is in the audience, to marry him on air that night. (She declines.)
Season 26, Episode 14: Conan O’Brien hosts.
Season 27, Episode 12: Brittany Spears hosts to promote Crossroads and brings with her, for a few sketches, fellow Crossroads and former SNL cast member Dan Aykroyd and then-boyfriend and future SNL host Justin Timberlake.
Season 28, Episode 2: John McCain hosts, becoming the first and only active US Senator to host SNL.
Season 27, Episode 2: Chevy Chase makes an appearance during Weekend Update as the Landshark.
Season 28, Episode 2: In Will Ferrell’s absence, Chris Parnell takes over as George W. Bush.
Season 28, Episode 8: Al Franken appears as Stuart Smalley in this Al Gore-hosted episode.
Season 29, Episode 12: Will Forte’s first appearance as George W. Bush.
Season 29, Episode 17: Tracey Morgan returns to reprise his role as Brian Fellow.
Season 29, Episode 18: Rachel Dratch’s first appearance as Debbie Downer.
Season 30, Episode 16: All promoting different projects, Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore, and Justin Timberlake appear during a “Barry Gibb Talk Show” sketch.
Season 30, Episode 18: Host Will Ferrell appears as Gene Frenkle (“More Cowbell!”) in musical guest Queens of the Stone Age’s performance of “Little Girl.”
Season 26, Episode 10: Janet Reno appears in a sketch with Janet Reno, played by Will Ferrell.
Season 27, Episode 3: In the third episode back after September 11th, Colin Quinn appears during Weekend Update to give his “New Yorker’s” take on the current events.
Season 29, Episode 2: As a parody of all of the celebrities running for governor when the episode aired in 2003, Carl Weathers appears in a sketch announcing his candidacy as governor of any state.
Season 29, Episode 8: Chris Kattan returns to make an appearance in host Elijah Wood’s monologue, as Gollum.
Season 30, Episode 8: TV Funhouse’s “Blue Christmas” airs, in which Santa skips over the red states that reelected George W. Bush.
Kelly Conaboy writes a lot, but it’s never about anything.