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Seasons:
1 | 27 | 28 | unknown
Release Date:
1 October 1962 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 37 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Living Legend See more (12 total) »

Cast

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Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host / ... (2,066 episodes, 1962-1992)
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Series Directed by
Bobby Quinn (22 episodes, 1967-1992)
Dick Carson (21 episodes, 1962-1966)
Robert Ostberg (3 episodes, 1984-1991)

Frederick De Cordova (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Jim Mulholland (1,736 episodes, 1970-1992)
Michael Barrie (1,480 episodes, 1968-1992)
Hank Bradford (1,141 episodes, 1969-1975)
Tom Finnigan (596 episodes, 1980-1992)
Raymond Siller (559 episodes, 1977-1988)
Ted Lang (478 episodes, 1972-1973)
Bob Howard (475 episodes, 1972-1973)
Hal Goodman (454 episodes, 1979-1988)
Larry Klein (454 episodes, 1979-1988)
Kevin Mulholland (454 episodes, 1979-1988)
Mickey Rose (408 episodes, 1968-1984)
Darrell Vickers (352 episodes, 1985-1992)
Ed. Weinberger (267 episodes, 1965-1971)
Nick Arnold (260 episodes, 1970-1972)
Joe Bigelow (260 episodes, 1970-1971)
Stan Daniels (260 episodes, 1970-1971)
Stan Dreben (260 episodes, 1970-1971)
Tom Moore (257 episodes, 1970-1973)
Andrew Nicholls (236 episodes, 1987-1992)
Tony DeSena (215 episodes, 1988-1992)
Bob Keane (182 episodes, 1982-1992)
Bob Dolan Smith (175 episodes, 1979-1992)
Bob Reynolds (167 episodes, 1969-1970)
Ralph Goodman (159 episodes, 1969-1970)
Gary Murphy (154 episodes, 1980-1983)
David Lloyd (142 episodes, 1963-1970)
Greg Fields (116 episodes, 1979-1981)
Patric M. Verrone (115 episodes, 1987-1990)
Sidney Reznick (112 episodes, 1969-1970)
Marshall Brickman (110 episodes, 1969-1970)
Norm Liebmann (105 episodes, 1977-1979)
Gary Belkin (93 episodes, 1986-1987)
Pat McCormick (59 episodes, 1967-1981)
Herbert Sargent (45 episodes, 1962-1963)
Al Jean (34 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mike Reiss (34 episodes, 1987-1988)
Dennis Snee (31 episodes, 1981-1982)
Walter Kempley (13 episodes, 1963-1967)
Monty Aidem (8 episodes, 1983)
Bob Carman (6 episodes, 1965-1966)

Johnny Carson (unknown episodes)
Hal Goldman (unknown episodes)
Jay Leno (unknown episodes)
Richard Marcus (unknown episodes)
George Tricker (unknown episodes)
Allyn Warner (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Frederick De Cordova .... producer / executive producer (1,855 episodes, 1970-1992)
Peter Lassally .... producer / co-producer / ... (655 episodes, 1979-1992)
Rudy Tellez .... producer / co-producer (457 episodes, 1967-1971)
Jeff Sotzing .... producer / associate producer (236 episodes, 1987-1992)
Art Stark .... producer (190 episodes, 1962-1968)
Jim McCawley .... co-producer (118 episodes, 1990-1992)
Perry Cross .... producer (11 episodes, 1962-1963)
John Jay Carsey .... associate producer / co-producer (3 episodes, 1965-1969)

Sy Kasoff .... associate producer (unknown episodes, 1962-1966)
Stan Irwin .... producer (unknown episodes)
Wendell E. Niles Jr. .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Will Schaefer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Terry M. Pickford (unknown episodes, 1985)
Steven B. Ross (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
John Shrum (2 episodes, 1969-1980)
 
Series Makeup Department
Kim Adrissi .... makeup artist (315 episodes, 1986-1992)
Harry Blake .... make-up / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1969-1992)
 
Series Production Management
Willis Oborn .... unit manager (1 episode, 1969)
Richard Romagnola .... unit manager (1 episode, 1969)
Walter Lewis .... production manager (1 episode, 1992)
Jim Styles .... production manager (1 episode, 1992)

John R. Holmes .... unit manager (unknown episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Venho .... associate director (1 episode, 1969)
James Kantrowe .... associate director (1 episode, 1992)
 
Series Art Department
Irv Davis Jr. .... head carpenter (1 episode, 1992)
Gregory Elliott .... prop master (1 episode, 1992)
 
Series Sound Department
Herbert H. Maxwell .... sound (1,604 episodes, 1962-1976)
Rory O'Connor .... sound mixer (602 episodes, 1981-1991)
Roger Cortes .... sound mixer: concert sound / audio (563 episodes, 1962-1992)
Rusty Amodeo .... chief sound effects operator (49 episodes, 1984)
Rory O'Connor .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1987)

Ross Martindale .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Max Russell .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Buck McDancer .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Pattison .... video operator (1 episode, 1969)
Carl Pitsch .... lighting director (1 episode, 1969)
William Merrill .... lighting director (1 episode, 1992)
Patrick S. Steele .... head electric (1 episode, 1992)
Kort Waddell .... camera: behind the scenes segment (1 episode, 1992)

C. Steve Goldstein .... grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon McAvoy Nichols .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 1992)
 
Series Editorial Department
Chuck Droege .... videotape editor (1 episode, 1992)
Steven B. Ross .... videotape editor (1 episode, 1992)
Bob Veatch .... videotape editor (1 episode, 1992)
 
Series Music Department
Conte Candoli .... musician: trumpet / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Trumpet (536 episodes, 1968-1992)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Guitar (323 episodes, 1972-1992)
Ross Tompkins .... musician: piano / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Piano (293 episodes, 1971-1992)
Pete Chrislieb .... musician: Saxophone (286 episodes, 1972-1992)
Joel DiBartolo .... musician: bass / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Bass (286 episodes, 1972-1992)
Ernie Tack .... musician: bass trombone / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Bass Trombone (285 episodes, 1972-1992)
Louie Bellson .... musician: drums (260 episodes, 1972)
Clark Terry .... musician: trumpet / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Trumpet (89 episodes, 1967-1992)
Charles Fox .... music arranger (65 episodes, 1965)
Tommy Newsom .... musician: saxophone / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Saxophone (50 episodes, 1962-1992)
Ed Shaughnessy .... musician: drums / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Drums (35 episodes, 1967-1992)
Snooky Young .... musician: trumpet / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Trumpet (35 episodes, 1967-1992)
Don Ashworth .... musician: saxophone / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Saxophone (26 episodes, 1990-1992)
Nick DiMaio .... musician: trumpet / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Trumpet (26 episodes, 1990-1992)
Gil Falco .... musician: trombone / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Trombone (26 episodes, 1990-1992)
Don Menza .... musician: saxophone / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Saxophone (26 episodes, 1990-1992)
Bucky Pizzarelli .... musician: guitar / musician: The Tonight Show Band - Guitar (26 episodes, 1990-1992)
Bobby Rosengarden .... musician: drums (14 episodes, 1962)
Doc Severinsen .... musical director / musical conductor (3 episodes, 1969-1992)
James Argiro .... guest conductor (2 episodes, 1975)
Michael O'Neill .... musician (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

John Bambridge .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Willis Holman .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Al Lapin .... orchestra manager (unknown episodes)
Will Schaefer .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Debbie Vickers .... talent coordinator (349 episodes, 1985-1992)
Betty Wesley .... production associate / production assistant (112 episodes, 1962-1963)
Garth Shaw .... road manager: Kenny Rogers (8 episodes, 1976-1980)
Mike Gray .... dga stage manager / stage manager (6 episodes, 1982-1992)

Bonnie Weis .... accountant (unknown episodes, 1985-1987)
Paul Block .... talent coordinator (unknown episodes)
Sy Kasoff .... talent coordinator (unknown episodes)
Jim McCawley .... talent coordinator (unknown episodes)
Don Sweeney .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Best of Carson" - USA (rerun title)
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Runtime:
105 min (1962-1966) | 60 min (1980-1992) | USA:90 min (1967-1980)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (1962-1984) | Stereo (1984-1992)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the first twelve months after the series' permanent relocation to Burbank in May 1972, the program made two sets of three-week visits to its former home in New York, in November 1972 and again in May 1973 - the reverse of the first ten years when Johnny Carson and the show made occasional visits every year to Burbank. After the second set of New York shows, the program didn't tape any more editions in the Big Apple until a week-long stint in May 1994, by which time Jay Leno had become host.See more »
Quotes:
[from his "What Democracy Means To Me" monologue - September 11, 1991]
Johnny Carson:To me, democracy means placing trust in the little guy, giving the fruits of nationhood to those who built the nation. Democracy means anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Living Legend, 2 February 2002
Author: John Langbein (medrjel) from Dixie, USA

As great as Steve Allen and Jack Paar were, Carson took the ball, reshaped it, and sent it in for a shot heard round the world. There is a reason he hosted the show for 30 years, 4 times longer than his 2 predacessors behind him. He was brilliant at making anyone seem interesting. Steve could do it, and so could Jack (though not as well from what I've seen), but Johnny really had a grasp of finding the way to question people to fit their response style. He really was the first true King of Late Night. If others say it's Paar or Allen, then I say Carson became Emporer!

The skits were done cheaply, but they were so much fun, you laughed with them, not at them.

Originally, the Carson's show was 90 minutes, and it was trimmed to 60 in the early 80's since he felt he could not keep the level up like he had in the past, which made the way for David Letterman. Thank You Johnny!

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