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:
David Letterman, Jay Leno
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1 hour 54 minutes

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Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

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Genres Romance, Music, Documentary
Director Mark A. Catalena, Peter Jones
Starring David Letterman, Jay Leno
Supporting actors Steve Allen, Ed Ames, Loni Anderson, Bea Arthur, Jack Bailey, Pearl Bailey, Lucille Ball, Roseanne Barr, Rona Barrett, Michael Barrie, Ginny Beauregard, Richard Benjamin, Jack Benny, Candice Bergen, Joey Bishop, Paul Block, David Brinkley, Mel Brooks
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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I sure miss those hilarious shows!
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Time well spent watching interviews and some hightllights of 30 years of late night TV.
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The best.....and best there ever will be!!
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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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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By whiskey on April 8, 2014
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Here's Johnny!! Miss watching the king of late night, I watch Dave Letterman now but he is retiring also (^*@^#$)
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These were the highlights of this one for me:

1. Details of Carson's early life and the experiences that may have motivated him to host a television show. There is evidence his need for approval may have come from a mother whose approval he sought - but never quite felt he received. There is also a fascinating timeline of Carson's first television shows, not all of them successful. He was, of course, in the right place at the right time and able to take advantage of television's first days.

2. Interviews with other comedians as well as those connected to the Tonight Show (Ed McMahon, Doc Severinsen). It was both interesting and touching to hear the admiration and awe from people like Dave Letterman, Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, and so many others who credited Carson with paving the way for them - as well as being the benchmark for excellence.

3. Clips from the Tonight show as well as other programs featuring Carson. I did wish some of the clips were longer or showed the full segment, including a hilarious one where Carson is surprised by a baby orangutan and another where Doc Severinsen discusses Thanksgiving plans with Carson. Both deserved to be seen in their entirety, instead of as excerpts. So I'm deducting a star for that.

Both diehard Carson fans and those who want to know more about him should find this worth watching.
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Watching this video really makes me miss the Tonight Show after all these years. This video shares great insight to how he became who he is. I had never seen the home videos. And even to the very last few seconds of this video there is the magic of Johnny Carson that still made me laugh but also very sad after all these years. Insight to his personal life was very interesting and this video exhibited both with excellence. I would love to know how his children think about him as the video briefly
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