/ Modified nov 29, 2012 4:26 p.m.

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

AMERICAN MASTERS looks at the career, complexities and contradictions of "The Tonight Show" host. Friday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.

am_mast_carson_performing_spot Johnny Carson performing "The Tonight Show" monologue, circa 1960s. Ed McMahon (right) looks on. (PHOTO: PBS)

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, including all existing episodes of "The Tonight Show" from 1962-1992. Interviews with family, colleagues and performers who appeared, began or were influenced by "The Tonight Show" illuminate his story: David Letterman, Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, Angie Dickinson, David Steinberg, Don Rickles, Carl Reiner, Doc Severinsen and others. Kevin Spacey narrates.

AMERICAN MASTERS Johnny Carson: King of Late Night, Friday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.

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