Tonight: 4 Decades of 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson'

Tonight: 4 Decades of 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson'

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Tonight: 4 Decades of 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson'

Tonight: 4 Decades From The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson collects the greatest moments in the program's history in a 15-disc set. The box features more than 50 shows hand-selected by the original producer as the best episodes from the show's 30-year run, covering the 1960's, 70's, 80's, and 90's, including over 30 hours of material previously unreleased on DVD. Noteworthy among the newly released material is rescued footage from the 60's -- an archive virtually wiped clean by NBC in the years before its future value became apparent. Also new here are interviews with some of Carson's favorite guests, including actress Loni Anderson, comedian David Brenner, and animal handler Jim Fowler. The disc-by-disc contents follows:

Disc1 - Run Time: 122 Mins.
Episode 1: December 31, 1965 - Woody Allen, The Muppets
Episode 2: September 23, 1971 - Della Reese, Bob Uecker
Episode 3: May 19, 1972 - Adelle Davis, Robert Blake, Gwen Davis
Episode 4: September 15, 1972 - Vikki Carr, Peter Falk, Albert Brooks

Disc2 - Run time: 123 Mins.
Episode 5: November 13, 1972 - New York Mayor Lindsay, Muhammad Ali, Harry Chapin
Episode 6: September 12, 1973 - Joan Embery, Bette Midler, David Steinberg
Episode 7: February 20, 1974 - Joan Embery, David Brenner
Episode 8: April 9, 1974 - The Jackson 5, Jerry Van Dyke

Disc3 - Run Time: 130 Mins.
Episode 9: September 2, 1974 - Doris Day, Rodney Dangerfield, Burt Mustin
Episode 10: September 26, 1974 - Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Art Carney
Episode 11: May 6, 1975 - Luciano Pavarotti, Maude Tull
Episode 12: September 19, 1975 - Don Rickles, Robert Blake

Disc4 - Run Time: 127 Mins.
Episode 13: September 23, 1975 - Glen Campbell, Fernando Lamas
Episode 14: December 9, 1975 - Carol Burnett, Burt Convy, Tom Dreesen
Episode 15: July 28, 1976 - Burt Reynolds, Robert Blake
Episode 16: November 12, 1976 - Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, Olivia Newton-John

Disc5 - Run Time: 130 Mins.
Episode 17: May 4, 1977 - Chevy Chase, Richard Pryor
Episode 18: June 14, 1977 - Alice Cooper, Jay Leno
Episode 19: September 9, 1977 - Sid Caesar, Eubie Blake
Episode 20: March 24, 1978 - Donna Pyle, Milton Berle

Disc6 - Run Time: 116 Mins.
Episode 21: May 2, 1978 - Sammy Davis Jr.
Episode 22: February 21, 1980 - Steve Landesberg, Loni Anderson
Episode 23: September 26, 1980 - Steve Martin, The Mighty Carson Art Players
Episode 24: November 11, 1980 - David Letterman

Disc7 - Run Time: 125 Mins.
Episode 25: March 4, 1981 - David Brenner
Episode 26: March 5, 1981 - Slim Whitman
Episode 27: March 18, 1981 - Richard Benjamin, Garry Shandling
Episode 28: May 5, 1981 - Jimmy Buffett, Thalasa Cruso

Disc8 - Run Time: 113 Mins.
Episode 29: October 14, 1981 - Robin Williams
Episode 30: October 28, 1981 - Lance Burton, Reba McEntire, Dick Cavett
Episode 31: October 30, 1981 - Michael Landon
Episode 32: November 12, 1981 - Dom DeLuise, Jerry Seinfeld, Betty White

Disc9 - Run Time: 108 Mins.
Episode 33: November 19, 1981 - Suzanne Pleshette, Luciano Pavarotti
Episode 34: November 25, 1981 - Kenny Rogers
Episode 35: August 31, 1982 - Bill Maher, Joe Garagiola
Episode 36: December 31, 1982 - Tina Turner, Joe D'Auria & Jonathan Brown

Disc10 - Run Time: 123 Mins.
Episode 37: January 5, 1983 - Teri Garr, B.B. King
Episode 38: May 17, 1983 - Albert Brooks, Brooke Shields
Episode 39: September 8, 1983 - Bill Cosby, Chuck Mangione
Episode 40: January 4, 1984 - Dabney Coleman, Paul Rodriguez

Disc11 - Run Time: 118 Mins.
Episode 41: May 17, 1984 - Garry Shandling, Stephane Grappelli
Episode 42: May 24, 1984 - John Denver, Michael Davis
Episode 43: November 20, 1984 - Robert Blake, Louie Anderson
Episode 44: November 22, 1985 - Jim Fowler, Marty Pollio, Ruben Blades

Disc12 - Run Time: 117 Mins.
Episode 45: December 17, 1985 - Bette Midler
Episode 46: March 27, 1986 - Billy Crystal, Buddy Rich
Episode 47: April 18, 1986 - David Letterman
Episode 48: June 27, 1986 - David Letterman, Judge Wapner

Disc13 - Run Time: 110 Mins.
Episode 49: November 26, 1986 - George Carlin, Barney Odom (& Flat Nose)
Episode 50: January 8, 1987 - Robert Goulet, Waddie Mitchell, Baxter Black
Episode 51: May 21, 1987 - Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres
Episode 52: July 28, 1988 - Bill Clinton, Joe Cocker

Disc14 - Run Time: 117 Mins.
Episode 53: July 29, 1988 - Michael Landon, k.d. Lang
Episode 54: November 23, 1989 - Lea Johnson, Tom Wilson
Episode 55: January 18, 1990 - Joan Embery, Art Donovan
Episode 56: April 6, 1990 - Jeff Dunham, B.B. King

Disc 15 - Special Features: Run Time 215 Mins. Rescued Gems of the 1960s - Run Time 104 Mins. -- Over an hour of classic recovered vignettes, scenes and footage from The Tonight Show episodes of the 1960s (and one very special one from the 1970s!)
Interviews: The Guests Remember - Run Time 111 Mins. -- All new interviews with Loni Anderson, David Brenner, Jim Fowler, and Baxter Black as they recount their memories of appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2010
UPC: 0823753370097
Rating: NR
Source: Respond 2
Time: 30:00:00

Special Features

"Rescued Gems of the 1960s" (104 Mins.) includes classic recovered vignettes, scenes, and footage from The Tonight Show episodes of the 1960s (and one very special one from the 1970s); "The Guests Remember" (111 Mins.) features new interviews with actress Loni Anderson, comedian David Brenner, zoologist Jim Fowler, and cowboy-poet radio commentator Baxter Black as they recount their memories of appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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Tonight: 4 Decades of 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about this set and that it would have 50 episodes, I got really excited. I was only 7 when Johnny left the airwaves but I', a big fan of Johnny. When I got this set, I was expecting full complete episodes...how surprised I was when I found out that they're edited down to 30 minutes. Not only that but the video quality was pretty bad from the little I saw (the 1965 episode had pixillation especially during the Muppets part.) I could watch the clip on Youtube and get possibly better quality. They should've just released them unedited in small releases (have say 2-3 episodes on each disc instead of 4) instead of putting them all in a box right away. Won't buy another Carson DVD until they get their act together.
Mary_Rae More than 1 year ago
A must have for those who appreciate true TV entertainment. You will laugh and laugh, and watch the episodes over and over. For Baby Boomers, fond memories from childhood, and a wonderful gift for senior parents and grandparents. Simply fabulous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago