An {{NBC}} music VarietyShow, which ran from 1973 to 1981. It was one of the very first shows to break past the average 1AM sign-off time, as well as one of the very first to eschew lip-synching in favor of straight-up live performances. The show primarily consisted of live musical acts from popular performers, with the occasional dip into archival concert footage and comedy performances.

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* AllStarCast: It'd be quicker to name the famous bands of its day that ''didn't'' make an appearance at one time or another. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Midnight_Special_%28TV_series%29#Guest_stars Wikipedia has a list of some of the more "notables".]]
* TheAnnouncer: Wolfman Jack
* TheHost: The show operated on a rotating series of guest hosts akin to ''SaturdayNightLive'', with Helen Reddy taking over as a constant for the '75-'76 season.
* RealSongThemeTune: The folk song "Midnight Special", as covered by Johnny Rivers.