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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

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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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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

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Release Date:

1 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carson  »

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Technical Specs


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

Sound Mix:

(1962-1984)| (1984-1992)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In September 1983, Joan Rivers was officially designated Carson's permanent guest host, a role she had been filling for more than a year. In 1986, she abruptly left for her own show, The Late Show (1986), on the then-new Fox Network. Carson first learned of the show when he saw her press conference on TV. When Rivers called Carson after the announcement, he was so furious at Rivers for failing to tell him personally before the press conference that he refused to take the call. He banned Rivers from his show, canceling her 3 remaining weeks as guest host. Carson never forgave her for leaving, and never spoke to her again. When Rivers sent Carson flowers and a note after his son Ricky died in an accident, Carson sent them back. Rivers later said that she didn't want to tell Carson before the press conference because she was afraid FOX would cancel the deal if word leaked out. Carson said he felt betrayed, not because Rivers dared to compete with him, but because she wasn't honest with him about her intentions and didn't ask for advice and his blessing. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Grown Ups (2010) See more »

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2 August 2001 | by (United States, California) – See all my reviews

My dad is a Johnny Carson fan himself. He had great guests like Pearl Bailey, Don Rickles, Drew Barrymore, Joey Lawrence, Bob Newhart, And Dolly Parton. I saw an informercial of this program. There was this one time when they were playing Family Feud and the host said name something you find on a farm the contestant answered a well. Ed Mcmahon from Star Search was the announcer. Johnny had a lot of animal guests.

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