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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
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 (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 channel NBC
Picture format
  • Black-and-white (1954–1960)
  • Color (1960–)
  • 480i (1954–2002)
  • HDTV 1080i (2002–)
Original run 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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