The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

television series

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise. It ran from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992.[1] It originally aired during late-night. For its first ten years, Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show was based at Thirty Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, on May 1, 1972, the show was moved to Burbank, California.[2] Peter Lassally served as the show's executive producer.

Carson interviewing Woody Allen, June 1964

In 2002, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was ranked #12 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.[3]

Carson played some skits during his show, the most popular were Carnac the Magnificent, Floyd R. Turbo, and Ronald Reagan (during his term in office, Carson would impersonate him).

In the show, Ed McMahon would be Caron's sidekick throughout the entire series and Doc Severinsen would lead the orchestra and would sometimes be Carson's sidekick.


  1. Bill Zehme (June 2002). "The Man Who Retired". Esquire. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
  2. (Carson, however, brought the show back to Manhattan in November 1972, and again in May 1973).
  3. "TV Guide Names Top 50 Shows". Archived from the original on 2002-08-02. Retrieved 2011-10-26.

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