List of The Tonight Show episodes

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The Tonight Show is an American late-night talk show that premiered on NBC on September 27, 1954. It is the world's longest-running talk show, and the longest running, regularly scheduled entertainment program in the United States, it is the third-longest-running show on NBC, after only the news and talk shows Today and Meet the Press.

Over the course of more than sixty years, The Tonight Show has undergone only minor title changes, it aired under the name Tonight for several of its early years, eventually settling on The Tonight Show after the seating of long-time host Johnny Carson in 1962. In later decades, network programmers, advertisers, and the show's announcers would refer to the show by including the name of the host; for example, it is currently announced as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

It has had six official hosts, beginning with Steve Allen (1954–57), followed by Jack Paar (1957–62), Johnny Carson (1962–92), Jay Leno (1992–2009, 2010–14), Conan O'Brien (2009–10), and Jimmy Fallon (2014–present). It has had several recurring guest hosts, a practice especially common during the Paar and Carson tenures. A total of 12,001 episodes have aired.

Episodes[edit]

1954–1957: Allen's tenure[edit]

1957–1962: Paar's tenure[edit]

1962–1992:Carson's tenure[edit]

1992–2009: Leno's first tenure[edit]

2009–2010: O'Brien's tenure[edit]

2010–2014: Leno's second tenure[edit]

2014–present: Fallon's tenure[edit]

2017[edit]

Note: The number count from the most recent month only counts the number of episodes from the current incarnation of the show, not the entire franchise

December[edit]

No. Original air date Guest(s) Musical/entertainment guest(s)
781
December 1, 2017 Queen Latifah, Freddie Highmore Sam Smith
DMX Frosty the Snowman; Thank You Notes; Hot Sax; Queen Latifah's father comes out and is interviewed; Sam Smith performed "Too Good at Goodbyes"
782
December 4, 2017 Keegan-Michael Key, Claire Foy, J. J. Watt St. Vincent
Senator Cory Gardner; Trump Tweets Alarm Clock Commercial; Jimmy performs as Bruce Springsteen ("Robert Mueller Is Comin' to Town"); Jimmy gives Keegan-Michael Key cassettes; J. J. Watt reads letter from José Altuve; St. Vincent performed "Slow Disco"
783
December 5, 2017 Kate McKinnon, Patton Oswalt Wiz Khalifa featuring Ty Dolla $ign
Roy Moore (Patton Oswalt); Jimmy announces a live book reading; Tonight Show Virtual Pictionary (Kate McKinnon & Jimmy Fallon Vs. Tariq & Patton Oswalt); Kate McKinnon does excursion sounds; Wiz Khalifa featuring Ty Dolla $ign performed "Something New"
784
December 6, 2017 John Cena, Bridget Everett Beck
Yamaneika Saunders makes an appearance during the monologue; John Cena speaks Mandarin; Tonight Show Mad Lib Theater (John Cena); Bridget Everett performed "The Climb"; Beck performed "Up All Night"
785
December 7, 2017 James Franco, Niall Horan Niall Horan
Presi–Dent Adhesive Cream Commercial; Tonight Show Superlatives; Tonight Show 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters; Tonight Show Cooler Heads (James Franco); Niall Horan performed "Too Much to Ask"
786
December 8, 2017 Hugh Jackman, Luke Bryan Luke Bryan
Did You Know? Writings; Tonight Show This Week in Words; Tonight Show 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters; Thank You Notes; Luke Bryan and Jimmy have chili dogs and beer; Luke Bryan performed "What Makes You Country"
787
December 11, 2017 Zendaya, Billy Crudup Big Sean & Metro Boomin
Donald Trump RoboCall; Star Wars characters re-edited to sing "MMMBop"; Tonight Show 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters; Charades (Jimmy Fallon & Zendaya Vs. Tariq & Billy Crudup); Big Sean & Metro Boomin performed "Whose Stopping Me/Savage Time"
788
December 12, 2017 Annette Bening, Judd Apatow SZA
Tonight Show 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters; Peanuts Trailer (in the style of Riverdale, appearance by Riverdale cast); SZA performed "Supermodel"
789
December 13, 2017 Michael Shannon, Alison Brie Jaboukie Young-White
Yamaneika Saunders makes an appearance during the monologue; Jamaaladeen Tacuma sits in with The Roots; Tonight Show 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters; Tonight Show Screengrabs; Michael Shannon brings out eggnog; Michael Shannon brings antlers out for Alison Brie
790
December 14, 2017 Kevin Hart, Hailee Steinfeld Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring watt
Twas the Trump Before Christmas; Tonight Show Superlatives; Tonight Show 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters; Tonight Show #hashtags: #WorstGiftEver; Kevin Hart comes out with the Radio City Rockettes; Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring watt performed "Let Me Go"
791
December 15, 2017 Benicio del Toro, Ruby Rose, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter Michael McDonald
Star Wars: The Fast Wet Guy; Statue Quotes; Tonight Show This Week in Words; Tonight Show 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters; Thank You Notes; Benicio del Toro and Jimmy have cocktails; Jimmy gives Tariq a printed version of his freestyle; Tariq does a freestyle; Michael McDonald performed "Find It in Your Heart"
792
December 18, 2017 Anna Kendrick, Rhett & Link Randy Newman
Tonight Show 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters;
793
December 19, 2017 Rebel Wilson, Paul Reiser Gwen Stefani
Tonight Show 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters;
794
December 20, 2017 Christoph Waltz, Beanie Feldstein, Cardi B Erykah Badu
Tonight Show 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters;
795
December 21, 2017 Jason Sudeikis, Amy Sedaris Robert Kelly
Tonight Show 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters;
796
December 22, 2017 Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen, Issa Rae D.R.A.M. featuring BigBabyMom
Tonight Show 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters;

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