The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957–1962)
"Tonight Starring Jack Paar" (original title)

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 Himself - Announcer / ... (1,090 episodes, 1957-1962)
Jose Melis ...
 Himself - Bandleader / ... (1,026 episodes, 1957-1962)
Jack Paar ...
 Himself - Host / ... (808 episodes, 1957-1962)
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On 2/11/60, Jack Paar tearfully announced that he was walking out on the show. He told a joke the night before about a "water closet", which is an archaic term for a bathroom. The joke was considered in bad taste by NBC censors and edited from the show. Paar protested the edit by leaving the show during the broadcast. Announcer Hugh Downs had to fill in. Paar returned to the show six weeks later. See more »

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Jack Paar: [Jack Paar's last words as host of The Tonight Show, calling to his dog sitting in the audience] Come on, Lika... we're going home.
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Timeless
23 December 2004 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

Today in late night Television we have so many choices. Its almost limitless when you consider digital cable and TIVO.

A long long time ago when late night TV might have consisted of an ever glaring, Indian Head test pattern along with a One Kilohertz Tone, there was The Jack Paar Show. This show evolved from the Steve Allen " Tonight" show which had its source from the Colgate Comedy Show in the early fifties.

Quite unlike any show now or then we have the eccentric character Mr Jack Paar himself. Mr Paar can be seen in a few films of the late forties and was really known for very little else. In 1957, however, Paar launched what was to become a staple of late night TV. He had a cast of regular characters along with some of the most brilliant and witty personalities of the 20th Century!

From authors like Alexander King to the bizarre and brilliant Oscar Levant, all payed visits and just talked with Paar and friends. A Truly amazing show with a sincere following that did not let up till the last show in 1962.

This DVD set show us how fascinating these times were and is a window in time for TV viewers to recall ( if they are old enough) how unique and entertaining one could be by being.....oneself.

Evocative, Timeless and Claustrophobic and when was the last time those three words were used to describe anything on television.

Charles Pope


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