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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

This show was a late-night talk show under the "Tonight Show" franchise from 1962 to 1992.The King, CEO and night watchman of TV comedy, Johnny Carson reigned as Host for nearly 30 years. Every current late-night comedy host learned from him: how to win over audiences, establish a show's pace, charm or confront guests.

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30x120 Show #4531 Aired: May. 22, 1992

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The show had 30 seasons and 1340 episodes air between 1962 and 1992.

Series Info

Type:
News/Talk Show
Premiered:
Oct. 01, 1962
Status:
Canceled/Ended
Runtime:
60 min.
Aired:
1962 - 1992
To-Date:
30 Seasons
1340 Episodes
Network
NBC TV Network
AKA:
The Best of Carson (USA: rerun title)
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  • From at least the early 1980s onward, rather than bleeping offensive language, gibberish words were usually overdubbed instead. For example, one night when a Carnack the Magnificent sketch…
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    From at least the early 1980s onward, rather than bleeping offensive language, gibberish words were usually overdubbed instead. For example, one night when a Carnack the Magnificent sketch bombed, Carson was seen to exclaim "Holy sh*t!" Viewers heard him proclaim "Holy palooga!"
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  • When 'The (1962 Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson') first aired, virtually everyone - including Johnny Carson - smoked on-camera during the show. Over the years, however, smoking on…
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    When 'The (1962 Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson') first aired, virtually everyone - including Johnny Carson - smoked on-camera during the show. Over the years, however, smoking on television became unfashionable. By the mid-80s, smoking openly on television was a thing of the past, but Carson's sentimental cigarette box remained on his desk until his final broadcast.
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  • A soundtrack album issued in the 1970s (including highlights with Tom Smothers and Dick Smothers, George Carlin, Pearl Bailey duetting with Johnny, and even former President Richard Nixon
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    A soundtrack album issued in the 1970s (including highlights with Tom Smothers and Dick Smothers, George Carlin, Pearl Bailey duetting with Johnny, and even former President Richard Nixon appearing on the show) sold over half a million copies.
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