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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

105 min (1962-1966) | 60 min (1980-1992) | USA:90 min (1967-1980)
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
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Frederick De Cordova
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 37 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1962-10-01
Filming Locations: NBC Studios - 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Johnny Carson
Himself - Host / ... (2,073 episodes, 1962-1992)
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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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Voted #12 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
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Many taped episodes (including appearances by Ayn Rand, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney) were lost in a fire at NBC's archive, and only clips made for other programs (show "best-of"s, promotion, news) have survived. NBC also recycled the original tapes of many episodes, without Johnny Carson's knowledge or approval. It was only once he learned of this that it was stopped.
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Johnny Carson: I didn't even know you were Jewish!
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