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An Creator/{{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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An Creator/{{NBC}} music VarietyShow, which was created and executive produced by Burt Sugarman and was produced by his eponymous production company, Burt Sugarman Productions, and 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.


* TheHost: The show operated on a rotating series of guest hosts akin to ''Series/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.

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* TheHost: The show operated on a rotating series of guest hosts akin to ''Series/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.
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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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An {{NBC}} Creator/{{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.


* TheAnnouncer: Wolfman Jack

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* TheAnnouncer: Wolfman JackCreator/WolfmanJack


* RealSongThemeTune: The folk song "Midnight Special", as covered by Johnny Rivers.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Yep, that's TheSeventies, alright.

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* RealSongThemeTune: The folk song "Midnight Special", as covered by Johnny Rivers.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Yep, that's TheSeventies, alright.
Rivers.


* 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.

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* TheHost: The show operated on a rotating series of guest hosts akin to ''SaturdayNightLive'', ''Series/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.

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* RealSongThemeTune: The folk song "Midnight Special", as covered by Johnny Rivers.Rivers.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Yep, that's TheSeventies, alright.


* 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".]]


* RealSongThemeTune: The folk song "Midnight Special", as covered by Johnny Rivers.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: in 1978, the studio set was swapped out for one that just screamed "disco". It was swapped out by 1979 for the original.

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* RealSongThemeTune: The folk song "Midnight Special", as covered by Johnny Rivers.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: in 1978, the studio set was swapped out for one that just screamed "disco". It was swapped out by 1979 for the original.
Rivers.


* ProductPlacement: Chevrolet, which technically owned the program in its first season and bought the 1AM timeslot of NBC.

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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.
* ProductPlacement: Chevrolet, which technically owned the program in its first season and bought the 1AM timeslot of NBC.
* RealSongThemeTune: The folk song "Midnight Special", as covered by Johnny Rivers.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: in 1978, the studio set was swapped out for one that just screamed "disco". It was swapped out by 1979 for the original.

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