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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise from 1962 to 1992. It originally aired during late-night. For its first ten years, Carson's Tonight Show was based in New York City with occasional trips to Burbank, California; in May 1972, the show moved permanently to Burbank, California. In 2002, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was ranked #12 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

  1. Steve Allen


  2. Sylvester Weaver


Series Cast

  1. Johnny Carson as Self - Host

    Johnny Carson

    Self - Host

    3205 Episodes

  2. Ed McMahon as Self - Announcer, Self, Announcer, and Self - Substitute Host & Announcer

    Ed McMahon

    Self - Announcer, Self, Announcer, Self - Substitute Host & Announcer

    737 Episodes

  3. Doc Severinsen as Self - Bandleader, Self - Announcer, Self, and Self - Substitute Announcer

    Doc Severinsen

    Self - Bandleader, Self - Announcer, Self, Self - Substitute Announcer

    613 Episodes

  4. Bob Hope as Self

    Bob Hope


    135 Episodes

  5. Skitch Henderson

    Self - Bandleader, Self - Substitute Host & Bandleader, Bandleader

    102 Episodes

  6. Della Reese as Self and Self - Guest Hostess

    Della Reese

    Self, Self - Guest Hostess

    92 Episodes

  7. Burt Reynolds as Self and Self - Guest Host

    Burt Reynolds

    Self, Self - Guest Host

    62 Episodes

  8. Jay Leno as Self - Guest Host and Self

    Jay Leno

    Self - Guest Host, Self

    39 Episodes

  9. George Gobel as Self

    George Gobel


    38 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 31

1992 • 74 Episodes

Season 31 of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson premiered on January 1, 1992.

Episode 74

(31x74, May 22, 1992) Season Finale

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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson


Status Ended


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Type Talk Show

Original Language English


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