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The Tonight Show
Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Intertitle
The title card for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the current incarnation of the show
Created by
Presented by
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes
  • 2,000 (before Carson, total)
  • 4,531 (under Carson)
  • 3,775 (under Leno, first tenure)
  • 146 (under O'Brien, 1 unaired)
  • 835 (under Leno, second tenure, 4,610 total)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jimmy Fallon, on NBC. The show premiered on February 17, 2014, and is produced by Broadway Video and Universal Television.

It is the seventh (and current) version of NBC's long-running Tonight Show franchise, with Fallon being the sixth host. The show also stars sidekick and announcer Steve Higgins and house band The Roots.

The show records from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center, New York City, which is the same studio in which Tonight Starring Jack Paar and then The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson were produced from 1957 until 1972.

The program airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT. The show has been nominated for nine Primetime Emmy Awards, winning two.

On August 13, 2015, NBC announced that Fallon signed a contract to remain as host until at least 2021.


(under Fallon)
  • Total: 12,324
Running time Varies
Production company(s)
  • NBC Productions (1954–96)
  • Tonight Show Company, LLC. (1962–80)
  • Carson Productions (1980–92)
  • Big Dog Productions (1992–2009, 2010–14)
  • NBC Studios (1996–2004)
  • NBC Universal Television Studio (2004–07)
  • Universal Media Studios (2007–11)
  • Universal Television (2011–)
  • Conaco (2009–10)
  • Broadway Video (2014–)
Original network NBC
Picture format
Original release September 27, 1954 (1954-09-27) – present
Preceded by Broadway Open House (1950–51)
Related shows
  • The Tomorrow Show (1973–81)
  • Late Night (1982–present)

The Tonight Show is a popular late night television talk and comedy show in the United States. It appears on the NBC television network. The show started in 1954 and was hosted by Steve Allen. In 1957, Jack Paar became the host, with Ernie Kovacs hosting on some nights.

In 1962, Johnny Carson took over and stayed until 1992, with announcer Ed McMahon as sidekick, and Doc Severinsen as bandleader. Carson, McMahon, and Severinsen retired from The Tonight Show in 1992, when Jay Leno became host. Leno left the show in 2009, and Conan O'Brien (of Late Night and Saturday Night Live fame) became host from June 2009 to January 2010 before leaving due to controversy with The Tonight Show's timeslot. Jay Leno became the host of the show again on March 1, 2010. Leno retired in 2014 when Jimmy Fallon took over.

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