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1 October 1962 (USA) See more »
Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 36 nominations See more »
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Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host / ... (2,050 episodes, 1962-1992)

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 (1,733 episodes, 1970-1992)
Michael Barrie (1,477 episodes, 1968-1992)
Hank Bradford (1,141 episodes, 1969-1975)
Tom Finnigan (593 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)
Darrell Vickers (349 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 (233 episodes, 1987-1992)
Tony DeSena (212 episodes, 1988-1992)
Bob Keane (179 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)
Sidney Reznick (112 episodes, 1969-1970)
Patric M. Verrone (112 episodes, 1987-1990)
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)
Walter Kempley (13 episodes, 1963-1967)
Monty Aidem (8 episodes, 1983)
Bob Carman (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
Mickey Rose (3 episodes, 1969-1984)

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 (1,852 episodes, 1970-1992)
Peter Lassally .... producer / co-producer / ... (652 episodes, 1979-1992)
Rudy Tellez .... producer / co-producer (457 episodes, 1967-1971)
Jeff Sotzing .... producer / associate producer (233 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)
Roger Cortes .... sound mixer: concert sound / audio (563 episodes, 1962-1992)
Rusty Amodeo .... chief sound effects operator (49 episodes, 1984)

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)
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)
Garth Shaw .... road manager: Kenny Rogers (7 episodes, 1976-1980)
Mike Gray .... stage manager (1 episode, 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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105 min (1962-1966) | 60 min (1980-1992) | USA:90 min (1967-1980)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (1962-1984) | Stereo (1984-1992)

Did You Know?

After 'The (1962) Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' moved from New York to California in May 1972, Johnny Carson took Monday nights off and the show would be hosted by a guest performer. Until Joan Rivers became "permanent guest host" in September 1983, the most frequent of these "guest hosts" were: 'Joey Bishop' (177 times) Joan Rivers (93 times) Bob Newhart (87 times) John Davidson (87 times) David Brenner (70 times) McLean Stevenson (58 times) Jerry Lewis (52 times) David Letterman (51 times)See more »
Karnack:[Holding the envelope to his head] Shogun.
Ed McMahon:Shogun.
Karnack:[Opening envelope] What's the first thing you do when you hold up a liquor store?
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Referenced in Frost on Interviews (2012) (TV)See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Here's Johnny!!! - What did the Pearly Gatekeeper say when..., 23 October 2005
Author: getyourdander from United States

Here's Johnny!!! - What did the Pearly Gatekeeper say when...Johnny arrived there? There will never be another Johnny Carson. The entertainment he provided with the help of thousands of guests over 30 years will never be equaled by anyone. I don't even know that anyone can ever do justice to comment on one of the rare things that rates more than a 10 on a scale of 10 in our lifetimes.

Even before Johnny Carson died, a greater loss was when NBC lost most of his Tonight Shows from the 1960's. If only somebody could find these shows because these are the shows which made him number 1. They were 90 minutes each of Carson arriving at the top of his career. It has been forgotten how hard nosed an interviewer he was during that decade. Also lost are some of the most famous guests in show business during that era & the fact that he would have controversial guests on & face them on any subject during that era.

The greatest thing was Carson arrived at his peak in the 1960's & then amazingly stayed there for three decades. Thank goodness NBC didn't lose any of those other shows. How they got lost makes me wonder if they didn't want the tough hard-nosed Carson who was not afraid to face any guest remembered or if they wanted to lose some of the early images of Johnny smoking on air. I mean, NBC managed to archive all the Original LET'S MAKE A DEAL programs in the same era. Why not the Johnny Carson's?

I have the set of clips of his & every so often I turn them on. I taped his last show, & keep it in my archives. I wish somewhere, somehow, someplace those 1960's shows would show up. At least now that I've seen the best, I can only wish to see it again. We were all blessed to have had Johnny Carson.

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