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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 / ... 5,135 episodes, 1967-1992
Johnny Carson ...  Himself - Host / ... 4,947 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

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) remained a fixture on NBC through the administrations of seven U.S. Presidents: John Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush. 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 Knots Landing: Prince Charming (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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A Living Legend
2 February 2002 | by medrjelSee all my reviews

As great as Steve Allen and Jack Paar were, Carson took the ball, reshaped it, and sent it in for a shot heard round the world. There is a reason he hosted the show for 30 years, 4 times longer than his 2 predacessors behind him. He was brilliant at making anyone seem interesting. Steve could do it, and so could Jack (though not as well from what I've seen), but Johnny really had a grasp of finding the way to question people to fit their response style. He really was the first true King of Late Night. If others say it's Paar or Allen, then I say Carson became Emporer!

The skits were done cheaply, but they were so much fun, you laughed with them, not at them.

Originally, the Carson's show was 90 minutes, and it was trimmed to 60 in the early 80's since he felt he could not keep the level up like he had in the past, which made the way for David Letterman. Thank You Johnny!


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