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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 

Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ed McMahon ...  Himself - Announcer / ... 6,396 episodes, 1962-1992
Doc Severinsen ...  Himself - Bandleader / ... 5,170 episodes, 1967-1992
Johnny Carson ...  Himself - Host / ... 4,943 episodes, 1962-1992
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

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Comedy | Talk-Show

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Official Sites:

Carson Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carson See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1962-1966) | (1980-1992) | (1967-1980)

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Mono (1962-1984)| Stereo (1984-1992)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

As Carson grew into the show, his comedy grew as well; he started dropping his early reliance on slightly risqué material for more substantial comedic commentary on the news of the day. Johnny's monologue became the country's most acutely observed political barometer. Johnny made fun of them all: anyone in politics or show business or public life. See more »

Quotes

[last lines of show]
Johnny Carson: You people watching, I can only tell you that it's been an honor and a privilege coming into your homes all these years to entertain you. And I hope when I find something I want to do and think you would like, I can come back and
[you will be]
Johnny Carson: as gracious in inviting me into your homes as you have been.
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Crazy Credits

Whenever Carson added a skit to an episode, the "Mighty Carson Art Players" would be announced as guest stars. See more »

Alternate Versions

Select comedy sketches from the Tonight Show were taken and placed into syndication into "Carson's Comedy Classics" during the mid 1980's. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Laugh-In: Episode #3.23 (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny's Theme
Composed by Paul Anka
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At one time, the only hit TV show NBC had!
13 October 2018 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Johnny Carson was a trailblazer on late night TV. There were other talk show hosts before and during his tenure. Carson, though, had true charisma, a dry sarcastic wit, and perfect timing. You would be cheered up just by him walking on stage. When a joke bombed, he could find a way to make it the funniest part of the monologue. There has never been a late night host since Johnny Carson who would ask a guest an open ended question, and then just sit back and let the celebrity be brilliant on their own. Every other late show host interrupts guests with their own "funny story" or "punchline" and it is unfortunate. Carson could always do a great set up and then just let the celebrity go with it. I think the recurring guest I enjoyed the most was Joan Embery from the San Diego zoo, bringing animals both creepy and cuddly to crawl all over Carson. Carson always rose to the occasion.

It's probably good Johnny retired when he did. He would have been uncomfortable among most of the talk show hosts who were on the air by the end of the 1990s. Everything became cruder, more political. more of a coliseum. There will never be another Carson.

As an interesting aside, Saturday Night Live came into existence because Carson wanted an extra night off. NBC was already running "The Best of Carson" one day a week, but doubted they could get away with doing that two nights a week. And Carson was going to get his way because he was NBC's only hit TV show in the mid 1970s. Thus Saturday Night Live was born.

Carson is still around on DVD, maybe on Netflix, most definitely on youtube. If you've never seen him at work I suggest you study him for awhile. When he was on we were truly living in a golden age of charm and wit and grace.


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