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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 / ... 6,396 episodes, 1962-1992
Doc Severinsen ...  Himself - Bandleader / ... 5,170 episodes, 1967-1992
Johnny Carson ...  Himself - Host / ... 4,943 episodes, 1962-1992
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

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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:

Carson See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

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

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

After The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) moved from New York to California in May 1972, Johnny Carson took Monday nights off and the show was hosted by a guest performer. Until Joan Rivers became permanent guest host in September 1983, the most frequent of "guest hosts" were: 'Joey Bishop' (177 times), Joan Rivers (93 times), Bob Newhart (87 times), John Davidson (87 times), David Brenner (70 times), McLean Stevenson (58 times), Jerry Lewis (52 times), and David Letterman (51 times). After Joan Rivers left in 1986, the show used various guest hosts, with Jay Leno the most frequent. Leno became the exclusive guest host in fall 1987, a position he held for the rest of Carson's reign. 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

A number of 90-minute episodes from the 1970s were reedited to fit 60-minute timeslots for rerun purposes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in All in the Family: End in Sight (1978) 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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19 August 2005 | by orthogonal6See all my reviews

Carson – the best at what he did. Enigmatic off camera, from what I understand, but absolutely brilliant on camera. His easy interview style and ability to let his guests be the focus stands in contrast to so many pretenders to his late night throne. His jokes and skits, even the ones that flopped, made you feel like you were "in" on the jokes. I don't remember all of his tenure, but I remember over half of it and can still quote from long ago evenings. Example – Doc Severinson wearing a loud jacket with flowers on it. Johnny: "That's some jacket Doc. Put some fertilizer on it and it might bloom". Doc: "We could dip it in your monologue". Johnny: "I'll suggest that to the new band leader". Spontaneous? Probably not. Hilarious? Absolutely! As fun and nostalgic as it is to see current superstars early in their careers as Johnny gave them their first big break, it is even more of a treat to see so many legendary stars, many still in their heyday. Bob Hope, Lucy, Dean Martin, etc. Like Johnny, they are gone now. And like Johnny, they don't make'm that way any more. Sad, but thank God for DVD and video.


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