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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 

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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ed McMahon ...  Himself - Announcer / ... 6,355 episodes, 1962-1992
Doc Severinsen ...  Himself - Bandleader / ... 5,166 episodes, 1967-1992
Johnny Carson ...  Himself - Host / ... 4,946 episodes, 1962-1992
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

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Genres:

Comedy | Talk-Show

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Details

Official Sites:

Carson Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carson See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Mono (1962-1984)| Stereo (1984-1992)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The show was a "cash cow", many years grossing more than $100 million and providing anywhere from 15%-20% of the profits recorded by the entire NBC network. Carson's own income quickly set the standard for television performers, reaching $1 million before he had finished a decade on the air. As his hold on the country's bedtime habits grew, so did his hold on the NBC treasury. All the leverage in future contract negotiations lay with Johnny. In the mid-'70s he passed $3 million a year. See more »

Quotes

George Gobel: Did you ever get the feeling that the world is a tuxedo and you're a pair of brown shoes.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Select comedy sketches from the Tonight Show were taken and placed into syndication into "Carson's Comedy Classics" during the mid 1980's. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Sissy Spacek/Richard Baskin (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny's Theme
Composed by Paul Anka
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A stellar moment in the history of comedy.
12 February 2001 | by fullerps2000See all my reviews

The funniest line in the history of television was on this show. Johnny was interviewing Dolly Parton. They were discussing her healthy bustline. Out of the blue Johnny said "I'd give about a years salary to peek under there".


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