The Midnight Special (1972–1981)

TV Series  -   -  Music
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 132 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 3 critic

"The Midnight Special" was a Friday night Pop Rock variety show on NBC TV that ran in the same weekly time slot of 12:30 AM to 2AM EST for 9 years (1972-1981). It was taped in front of a ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 27 Dec 2010
 
a list of 56 titles
created 26 Jan 2012
 
a list of 12 titles
created 04 May 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 04 Sep 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Midnight Special (1972–1981)

The Midnight Special (1972–1981) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Midnight Special.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



Unknown   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
Unknown   1981   1980   1979   … See all »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dan August (1970–1971)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Detective August works the crime beat in his home town, Santa Luisa CA, working with (and against) people with whom he grew up.

Stars: Burt Reynolds, Norman Fell, Richard Anderson
Under Cover (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A cop goes undercover in a South Carolina high school. With the help of a local narcotics officer, he investigates the drug ring responsible for another cop's death.

Director: John Stockwell
Stars: David Neidorf, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barry Corbin
Boomtown (2002–2003)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Each episode of this series, set in present day Los Angeles, examines one crime from many different viewpoints - uniformed cops, detectives, witnesses, the media, the fire department and ... See full summary »

Stars: Donnie Wahlberg, Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson
Black Scorpion (TV Series 2001)
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The City of Angels is falling apart, and crime pervades the city to the core. The mayor is corrupt, the police are inept, the city needs a figure to take control of the situation. Then in ... See full summary »

Stars: Michelle Lintel, Scott Valentine, BT
Pride & Joy (TV Series 1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Stars: Craig Bierko, Jeremy Piven, Caroline Rhea
The Restless Gun (1957–1959)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Stars: John Payne, Dan Blocker, Jeanne Bates
Dragnet (1951–1959)
Drama | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Olan Soule
Drama

A young lawyer becomes the only white member of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and works side by side with future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall to outlaw segregation.

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sheriff Lobo's the corrupt sheriff from Orly County who appeared in several episodes during the first season of _"B.J. and the Bear" (1979)_, as B.J.'s occasional nemesis. He now stars in ... See full summary »

Stars: Claude Akins, Brian Kerwin, Mills Watson
Soul Train (TV Series 1971)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A pop music dance show with an African-American focus.

Stars: Pat Davis, Don Cornelius, Albert Ebbs
Rock Concert (1973–1980)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Weekly late-night progressive rock bands, many very well known, with some soft-pop (later) and occasional comic routines.

Stars: Don Kirshner, Gary Mule Deer, The Village Idiots
The Crusaders (1911)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Enrico Guazzoni
Stars: Amleto Novelli, Gianna Terribili-Gonzales, Carlo Cattaneo
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Herself / ... (9 episodes, 1976-1981)
...
 Himself - Announcer / ... (8 episodes, 1972-1979)
...
 Herself / ... (8 episodes, 1973-1979)
KC & The Sunshine Band ...
 Themselves / ... (7 episodes, 1977-1979)
...
 Himself / ... (7 episodes, 1978-1980)
Todd Rundgren ...
 Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1973-1979)
Ike Turner ...
 Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1973-1975)
Herb Fame ...
 Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
...
 Herself - Host / ... (5 episodes, 1973-1976)
Lou Rawls ...
 Himself - Host / ... (5 episodes, 1973-1977)
...
 Herself / ... (5 episodes, 1975-1980)
Linda Ronstadt ...
 Herself (4 episodes, 1972-1975)
...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1981)
...
 Herself (4 episodes, 1973-1980)
...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1980)
The Spinners ...
 Themselves / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1980)
Eddie Levert ...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1978)
Walter Williams Sr. ...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1978)
...
 Herself (4 episodes, 1974-1980)
Leo Sayer ...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1974-1980)
...
 Himself (4 episodes, 1974-1976)
George Benson ...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
Billy Davis Jr. ...
 Himself - Host / ... (4 episodes, 1977)
...
 Herself - Host / ... (4 episodes, 1977)
Linda Clifford ...
 Herself / ... (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Peaches ...
 Herself / ... (4 episodes, 1979)
...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1972-1981)
...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1973-1980)
Dan Hartman ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1973-1979)
...
 Herself / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1978)
Johnnie Taylor ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1973-1976)
...
 Himself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
William Powell ...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1973)
Rik Elswit ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1974-1980)
Billy Francis ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1974-1980)
Jance Garfat ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1974-1980)
Dennis Locorriere ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1974-1980)
Ray Sawyer ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1974-1980)
John Wolters ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1974-1980)
Lynn Anderson ...
 Herself (3 episodes, 1974-1976)
...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1975-1979)
...
 Herself / ... (3 episodes, 1975-1978)
...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1976-1980)
...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Anita Pointer ...
 Herself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
June Pointer ...
 Herself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ruth Pointer ...
 Herself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Slim Whitman ...
 Himself - Musical Guest (2 episodes, 1972-1981)
The Everly Brothers ...
 Themselves (2 episodes, 1972-1980)
...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1972-1974)
War ...
 Themselves / ... (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
...
 Himself - Host (2 episodes, 1973-1980)
William Guest ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1980)
Merald Knight ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1980)
Edward Patten ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1980)
Tom Evans ...
 Himself - Musician (2 episodes, 1973-1979)
Joey Molland ...
 Himself - Musician (2 episodes, 1973-1979)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1976)
Lloyd Price ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1976)
Bonnie Bramlett
(2 episodes, 1973-1975)
Canned Heat ...
 Themselves (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1973)
...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1973)
The Edgar Winter Group ...
 Themselves (2 episodes, 1973)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973)
Edgar Winter ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973)
...
 Himself - Guest Host (2 episodes, 1974-1980)
Edwin Starr ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1974-1979)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1974-1977)
...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1976)
George Cummings ...
 Himself - Host (2 episodes, 1974)
Eddie Kendricks ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1974)
Sarah Dash ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1975-1979)
...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1975-1979)
...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1979)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1975-1977)
Elvin Bishop ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
William Griffin ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1976)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Thelma Houston ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1977)
Dorothy Moore ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1977)
...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
AC/DC ...
 Themselves (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Evelyn King ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Chuck Mangione ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Victor Willis ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1978)
...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1978)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1978)
...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1979)
GQ ...
 Themselves (2 episodes, 1979)
Tavares ...
 Themselves (2 episodes, 1979)
Anita Ward ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1979)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
...
 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
...
 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
John Edwards ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
Stephanie Mills ...
 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
Michael O'Donoghue ...
 Mr. Mike (2 episodes, 1981)
Edit

Storyline

"The Midnight Special" was a Friday night Pop Rock variety show on NBC TV that ran in the same weekly time slot of 12:30 AM to 2AM EST for 9 years (1972-1981). It was taped in front of a live studio audience at NBC Burbank Ca. Concert footage was included at times. During the show's run there were some reruns on Saturday nights and 3 hr. compilation specials. Wolfman Jack appeared each week as announcer and main host, with a different guest host each week. Pop Rock and comedy performers appeared on the show. In changing times, the show's time slot was later filled by "Friday Night Videos"(1983), with the sudden popularity of the music video. Written by efffee@aol.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 August 1972 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Johnny Rivers sang the theme song. See more »

Connections

Featured in AC/DC: Family Jewels (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

memorable first viewing of David Bowie
9 October 2004 | by (Provo, UT) – See all my reviews

In September 1973 I had just returned from two years in Indonesia as a missionary for the LDS Church. The first week end I was back in the US I went out to a movie, and when I came home I flipped on the TV. It was the Midnight Special, a program that had started in my absence. I was familiar with the host Wolfman Jack from his days on radio station XERB. Not so with the first act of the evening. Out comes David Bowie, whom I had never seen, and while attired in a dress he started singing the song with the lyrics "something tells me she the devil's daughter". All the while he started shedding the dress. After two years of an intense "non-worldly" existence as a missionary, it was startling. "My, things must have changed in my absence!"


1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lip Synced? d_random
why did the show end jushavnfn
Beach Boys timmers1951
Was Herbie Hancock on here? ernscly
1980 Floor Show uncletodd
Looking for episode May 1979 louisvig
Discuss The Midnight Special (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page