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Everything to Know About The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Get all the details on NBC's iconic late-night show, from how to get tickets to where to watch full episodes. 

By Samantha Vincenty

For 11 seasons, Jimmy Fallon has entertained late-night audiences five nights a week as Host of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Fallon is known for his good-natured rapport with celebrity guests, often dissolving into laughter over a shared joke. The creative, freewheeling games that make the show so unique, from “Box of Lies” to “The Whisper Challenge” to “Water War,” are another major reason why fans love tuning in, as are the many musical moments that draw on Fallon’s own talents as a longtime performer.

How to Watch

Watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC weeknights at 11:35/10:35c and next day on Peacock

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“I just really want to be the outlet of joy,” Fallon told CBS News in a March 2023 interview, later adding that the best reaction from the show’s fans would be, “Thank you, thank you for being silly so that you can make me not think about my problems."

The talk show has earned 11 Emmy nominations since its launch in 2014 — further evidence that NBC’s iconic program has become a modern classic in the hands of Jimmy Fallon, Grammy-winning house band The Roots, announcer Steve Higgins, and everyone who works hard behind the scenes to make each episode. 

Jennifer Lawrence and Jimmy Fallon playing "Box of Lies" on 'The Tonight Show'

Here’s everything to know about The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

When did Jimmy Fallon start hosting The Tonight Show?

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premiered on February 17, 2014 (a bit of trivia: Will Smith and U2 were Fallon’s first guests).

Prior to taking on the role, Fallon amassed plenty of hosting experience. Most significantly, he headed up Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014. Before emceeing the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards in 2010, he’d also co-anchored "Weekend Update," alongside Tina Fey, during four of his six years as a Saturday Night Live cast member.

How many Hosts has The Tonight Show had?

Jimmy Fallon is one of six permanent Hosts in Tonight Show history.

“Of course, I wouldn't be here tonight if it weren't for the previous Tonight Show Hosts,” Fallon said in his very first monologue. “So I want to say thank you to Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and Jay Leno." (Leno left in 2009, but returned to host again from 2010-2014).

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What time is Jimmy Fallon on?

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs at 11:35c/10:35c.

Where to watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on TV

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights on NBC.

Stream new episodes the next day on Peacock, and learn more about how to watch here.

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Where is the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon filmed?

The show is taped in Studio 6B at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Fallon brought The Tonight Show back to NYC for the first time in 40 years, as it moved to Burbank, California in the 1970s during Carson’s era as Host.

Why was The Tonight Show off for 5 months?

While The Tonight Show always goes on a short summer hiatus, the show paused taping of new Season 10 episodes in May 2023 due to the WGA strike.

The WGA strike officially ended at midnight on September 27, and The Tonight Show announced plans to return for its first show of fall 2023 on Monday, October 2. Jimmy Fallon shared on Instagram that the guests for the October 2 return show would be Matthew McConaughey and John Mayer.


Originally published Aug 1, 2023.