Johnny Carson: King of Late Night 2012 NR CC

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Explore the life and career of "The Tonight Show" host -- seen by more people than anyone else in U.S. history -- through unprecedented access to Carson's personal and professional archives.

Starring:
Kevin Spacey, Steve Allen
Runtime:
1 hour, 54 minutes

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Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Music, Documentary
Director Mark A. Catalena, Peter Jones
Starring Kevin Spacey, Steve Allen
Supporting actors Jack Bailey, Roseanne Barr, Michael Barrie, Ginny Beauregard, Richard Benjamin, Jack Benny, Paul Block, Mel Brooks, William F. Buckley, Vicki Budinger, Truman Capote, Drew Carey, Catherine Carson, Cory Carson, Dick Carson, Homer Carson, Joanna Carson, Joanne Carson
Studio Peter Jones Productions
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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The best.....and best there ever will be!!
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Time well spent watching interviews and some hightllights of 30 years of late night TV.
James F. Ludwick
There will be no other like J. Carson, I really enjoyed watching this documentary.
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The great Johnny Carson is, of course, the perfect subject to be profiled in PBS's long-running "American Masters" series. An intensely private person, perhaps it was fitting and respectful that they waited a full seven years after his death before putting together this pretty comprehensive biography. Carson, to me, was always an extremely complicated and enigmatic man. He was uncomfortable disclosing the personal side of his life, and yet somehow managed to create a TV persona that you welcomed into your home on a nightly basis. He was a comfort, a friend, a routine. He changed the landscape of television talk shows, was (and is) beloved by the industry and the public, but was always wary of revealing his true self. It's a complicated dichotomy, and one that this profile attacks head-on. Having seen so many of the "American Masters" series, this may well be one of my favorites.

"King of Late Night" works on a number of different levels. It spends, obviously, a great deal of time revolving around "The Tonight Show" which makes sense since Carson hosted the program for over 30 years. In a world where the TV audience was not as fragmented as it is today, Carson was a late night staple for the masses. For nostalgia factor alone, "King of Late Night" is wildly entertaining for its wide array of clips from that program. Carson had both an urban wit and a boyish charm which was, in my opinion, a large part of his appeal. When he was on, he was on! And this program shows him at his best, as the consummate host. The documentary looks at some of the more heartfelt and sentimental segments from the show, but doesn't skimp on laughs.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey C. Meade on June 24, 2012
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Those who grew up watching Johnny Carson will enjoy this the most. Its been 20 years since he was last on the air, and it brought back a lot of memories for me from the 80's and early 90's when I was growing up and my parents watched The Tonight Show nearly every night.

Johnny was obviously not a perfect person, but his style of entertainment was so successful, most of us that watched him perform live will always be able to reminisce and realize that somehow the show became an important part of our lives, even if we didn't know it at the time. No matter how bad your day was, you knew you were going to come home, turn on the tv, and laugh. My parents have since passed away, but even something as simple as The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson was a large part of my life growing up, and I found watching this was both sad because its been so long since he was on the air and people like my parents were still around, and it also made me smile because I have so many memories from watching the show many evenings.

People like Jay Leno and David Letterman have been extremely successful with their own shows and styles, but nothing will ever replace Johnny, and I feel bad that those who were born after he went off the air will never really know him or The Tonight Show. Overall this American Masters episode did a good job of giving us a small look into the imperfect life of someone that was part of many of our lives for years, and it brings back the memories once again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Prater on June 29, 2014
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A "must see" for those of us who had the pleasure to enjoy Johnny's tenure as host of "The Tonight Show", and also one I HIGHLY recommend anyone not around then to see what you missed. An excellent, thoroughly film of a very private man who was in one of the most public of positions one can have on any live TV talk show. He was truly one of a kind, and one who today's night time sho host would do well to emulate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard DeCredico on February 24, 2014
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The Golden Age may have been just ending but the real zenith of network broadcast television and its influence on US culture happened during the mid 70's to early 90's and was already waning by the time Reagan took office. Those of us that lived through the entirety of Carson's Tonight Show knew then he was an accurate stethoscope creating/echoing the pulse of the culture throughout the majority of households as a uniting force to the audience instead of the divisiveness of of modern 'television' -- perhaps due to the overwhelming competition now compared to the paucity of competitive outlets during Carson;s reign.

This documentary is as sincere a look back at Carson as one can make in today's world. All the pre-72 footage (when he was at his very sharpest) is gone, save those clips that managed to be used/shown in later broadcast episodes, but there are lots of great clips here as well as insightful commentary from some of the 'friends' that served as guest hosts, including Joan Rivers.

There can never be another Johnny Carson as both the broadcast and cultural landscapes have changed too much, so this was a real fun time for anyone that was alive and sentient from the 1950's til now.

real Good stuff here
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2014
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Anyone who used to stay up late to let Johnny into their living room will love watching this. Interviews with people who knew Johnny over the years, a mini-biography of his life, and plenty of short clips from his shows fill this video. I had seen it before on VHS but enjoyed watching it again streamed over the internet. You will miss Johnny all over again after this.
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