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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 / ... 6,395 episodes, 1962-1992
Doc Severinsen ...  Himself - Bandleader / ... 5,136 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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Official Sites:

Carson Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best of 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1980 a showdown with NBC president Fred Silverman had Johnny use his ultimate power: He threatened to quit the show. That was all he needed to wring an unprecedented deal out of NBC. In addition to more than $5 million a year in salary, Carson got series commitments from the network for his production company, and--most importantly--gained ownership over the "Tonight" show. From then on everything Carson did on the show belonged not to NBC, but to him. In total, the deal was estimated at more than $50 million. No one in television had ever received anything close to that amount. In addition, at the same time Carson got something else he wanted--the show was cut down from 90 minutes to an hour starting September 16, 1980. See more »

Quotes

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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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 »


Soundtracks

Time to Shine
(uncredited)
Music by Roger Dexter
[Plays over the Carson Productions Logo]
[Antenna TV airing only]
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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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