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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 / ... 6,398 episodes, 1962-1992
Doc Severinsen ...  Himself - Bandleader / ... 5,172 episodes, 1967-1992
Johnny Carson ...  Himself - Host / ... 4,945 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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Trivia

As Carson grew into the show, his comedy grew as well; he started dropping his early reliance on slightly risqué material for more substantial comedic commentary on the news of the day. Johnny's monologue became the country's most acutely observed political barometer. Johnny made fun of them all: anyone in politics or show business or public life. See more »

Quotes

[Ed Ames has thrown a tomahawk across the stage, hitting a painting of a cowboy straight in the "crotch". The entire studio erupts in hysterical laughter]
Johnny Carson: I didn't even know you were Jewish!
[uproarious laughter continues]
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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 The Fairly OddParents: Hail to the Chief/Twistory (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny's Theme
Composed by Paul Anka
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25 December 2001 | by occupant-1See all my reviews

Carson and company helped lay the foundation for contemporary topical humor in the US. From '62 to '92, the most significant pitches for movies, books and live appearances on the part of actors, authors, politicians and every other kind of luminary came before America and the world at Carson's desk. This show probably experienced an unrepeatable level of success.


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