|September 6, 1965|
|November 23, 1965|
|December 31, 1965
Two sketches were performed. In one a Whatnot continually knocks at bandleader Skitch Henderson's door as he gets drunk and sings "Let Me In". Immediately afterward, Kermit performed "The Glow-Worm" sketch with Big V. This episode was released on the DVD, TONIGHT: 4 Decades of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
|January 13, 1966|
|October 29, 1968|
|September 26, 1969|
Grover performs "Near and Far."
|January 23, 1974|
|May 24, 1974|
|March 18, 1975|
|July 25, 1975
Kermit the Frog (in a wig) and Yorick sing "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and Jim Henson discusses the art of puppetry with the help of Dr. Teeth. Henson explains that he cannot perform Kermit because he has a cold, so Dr. Teeth sings his own rendition of "Bein' Green".
|September 14, 1976
Jim Henson and Frank Oz perform a live sketch with the Swedish Chef, followed by a short interview with Kermit and Fozzie Bear. Jim Henson talks about his new series, The Muppet Show. He shows a clip of the "Rag Mop" number, with behind the scenes footage showing the puppeteers performing the Raggmopps.
|September 13, 1977|
|April 2, 1979|
|July 12, 1984|
|April 17, 1989|
- November 2, 1979: During a monologue piece about Sweeps Week, Carson mentions an upcoming episode of The Muppet Show where "Miss Piggy exposes her loins."
- In Episode 0560 of Sesame Street, Big Bird hosts a show that opens with an offshoot of Carson's famous theme music. He asks for a music cue from "Skitch," referencing Skitch Henderson (bandleader during Steve Allen's tenure, and then with Carson from 1962 until 1966).
- Cookie Monster spoofed Johnny Carson with Guy Smiley playing Ed McMahon in a Tonight Show parody shown in the 1974 special Out to Lunch.
- Kermit took the place of Johnny, with Miss Piggy as a guest in the 1982 Hallmark calendar The Muppets Look at TV.
- The Sesame Street video, Learning About Numbers, has a framing story with Big Bird hosting a Tonight Show-esque program. He at one point calls out "Tommy" in the band, referring to Tommy Newsom, saxophone player for the band and occasional band director and substitute for Ed McMahon.
- Frequent guest host Jay Leno appeared in a Sesame Street skit with Big Bird. When Big Bird learns that his friend "Johnny" is unable to come play, Jay appears to sit-in for Johnny (something he says he loves doing). Leno fills Johnny's chair and the two play "One of These Things." Afterwards Big Bird remarks that "he really was good at sitting-in for Johnny."
- Footage from The Tonight Show was edited into the Muppet Babies episode "I Want My Muppet T.V.", when Baby Piggy imagines appearing on the show (which she refers to as "The Johnny Carson Show").
- In Episode 4025 of Sesame Street, Aladdin's Genie takes the day off. He poofs himself into a golfing outfit and exclaims, "Heeeere's Genie!" while swinging his club.
- The Sesame Street sketch "Baby Talk," a talk show hosted by Natasha, featured two specific references to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The segment's theme, played by an all-baby band, was a spoof of "Johnny's Theme." The announcer (Jerry Nelson) also introduces the host saying "Heeeere's Natasha!"
- Episode 4173 of Sesame Street featured two inserts in which Big Bird presents Snuffy (by saying "Heeeeeeeeere's Snuffy!"), followed by a short riff of "Johnny's Theme".
- A picture of Kermit with Johnny, Ed and an unidentified guest is seen in Kermit's office in The Muppets.
- Jim Henson's Red Book, 9/6/1965 – Tonight Show – Kermit with Bill Cosby.
- Jim Henson's Red Book 11/23/1965 – Tonight Show – Kermit w/J.Carson – Bomb about Thanksgiving.
- Jim Henson's Red Book, 1/13/1966 - Tonight Show - "Money" and "Sclrap Flyapp".
- Manhattan Research, Inc. liner notes by Karen Falk, page 62
- Jim Henson's Red Book 8/–/1968 – Carson Show – “Visual Thinking” and “Accustomed”
- Jim Henson's Red Book, 10/29/1968 – Tonight Show – "Beautiful Day".
- Jim Henson's Red Book, 9/26/1969 – Tonight Show – did "Glowworm" and "Sclrap Flyap"
- "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson: Show #2088", TV.com.