September 27 marks the 60th anniversary of the first episode of The Tonight Show on NBC. That’s six decades of late night shenanigans keeping us entertained until bedtime, generations of people held captive by some exceptionally talented and endlessly funny hosts that will go down in television history.

Late night talk shows have a unique time slot that allows them to tackle topics and invite guests that may be overlooked by daytime TV. Their hosts are usually more irreverent, hilarious and bold so we’re playing Game of TV Thrones with these 10 late night talk show hosts whom we’ll always adore.

1. Johnny Carson
When you talk about late night tv hosts, many people think of Johnny Carson first. The quintessential funny man, he poked fun at himself, his guests and the rest of the world and we love him for it.

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