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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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Storyline

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

Voted #12 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. See more »

Quotes

[from his last show - May 22, 1992]
[referring to remarks made that week by Vice President Dan Quayle, about single mothers and the TV show "Murphy Brown"]
Johnny Carson: I really want to thank him for making my final week so fruitful.
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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

Spoofed in E.M.U. TV: Episode #1.21 (1989) 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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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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