American Masters

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

Season 26 Episode 5 | 2h

Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Over the course of 30 years, 4,531 episodes and 23,000 guests, he became a fixture of national life. Johnny Carson: King of Late Night explores his life, career, and complexities.

Aired: 05/14/12

Expired: 12/14/15

Rating: TV-PG

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