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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 »

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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 September 1983 Joan Rivers was officially designated Carson's permanent guest host, a role she had been filling for more than a year. In 1986 she abruptly left for her own show, The Late Show (1986), on the then-new Fox Network. Carson first learned of the show when he saw her press conference on TV. When Rivers called Carson after the announcement, he was so furious at Rivers for failing to tell him personally before the press conference that he refused to take the call. He banned Rivers from his show, canceling her three remaining weeks as guest host. Carson never forgave her for leaving and never spoke to her again. When Rivers sent Carson flowers and a note after his son Ricky died in an accident, Carson sent them back. Rivers later said that she didn't want to tell Carson before the press conference because she was afraid FOX would cancel the deal if word leaked out. Carson said he felt betrayed, not because Rivers dared to compete with him, but because she wasn't honest with him about her intentions and didn't ask for advice and his blessing. 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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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 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Catalina Caper (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny's Theme
Composed by Paul Anka
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Here's Johnny! A TV legend!
31 March 2016 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

I over the years may have watched from time to time "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" on a rare occasion when I would set up perhaps from not having school or being on school break, yet mostly my mom made me go to bed. Still thru classic footage and clips and old rerun shows on digital TV I've saw some episodes of Johhny Carson. And his show was a delight a treat the man was very funny and wise as the skits on his show were thoughtful and well done and his sidekick Ed MacMahon was always a good buddy what more can you say Carson ruled the late night airwaves for right at thirty years. Johnny helped pave the way for Jay Leno and David Letterman as they made appearances on his show many times doing stand up and even guest hosting when Johnny was out or away. And the guests of Carson were always A list from Hollywood's best, and he had sports and political figures on and many of today's well known comedian's got their first light of the TV camera on his show. So anytime you see an episode your looking at TV history and pop culture entertainment at it's best.


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