The Story of Late Night: Season 1 (2021)


Season 1
The Story of Late Night

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Air date: May 2, 2021

At the dawn of the TV era in the 1950s, Steve Allen's zany spontaneity turns "Tonight" into a hilarious and unexpected hit; in the early 1960s, it's Jack Paar's captivating, quirky personality and Johnny Carson's impeccably hip humor.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2020

Johnny Carson deftly navigates the turbulent 1960s to elevate "The Tonight Show" into a cultural touchstone, enshrining himself as the undisputed king of late night; his success begets competition with the emergence of Dick Cavett, Merv Griffin.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2020

As the 1980s dawn, David Letterman reinvents late night comedy for a new generation, rescuing comedian Jay Leno's nearly flamed-out career in the process. But Johnny Carson's enduring comic appeal spawns speculation over his eventual successor.

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Air date: May 23, 2021

Carson's 1992 retirement touches a nation and sets off an epic late-night war between Jay Leno and David Letterman.

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Air date: May 30, 2021

As the 2000s unfold, diverse voices like Chelsea Handler and George Lopez get their seat behind the late-night desk; Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert take the news into their own hilarious hands.

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Air date: Jun 6, 2021

Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah follow in Leno, Letterman and Stewart's footsteps; new hosts James Corden, Seth Meyers, and Samantha Bee join the late-night TV ranks.

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  • May 23, 2021
    This is a great show. Interesting to see the evolution of late night.

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