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The Best Episodes of The Midnight Special

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There are so many rockin' episodes of The Midnight Special, that have you singing along with your favorite artists, but which ones really stand out? Do you like the time Blondie hosted the best, or is John Denver's stint as a host your favorite episode of The Midnight Special? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Midnight Special are, let's rank every The Midnight Special episode from best to worst.

The Midnight Special is a musical variety series featuring performances from rock bands, disco artists, and accomplished singers. A few episodes were even hosted by popular comedians. The Midnight Special premiered on NBC on August 19, 1972 and ended in 1981. The Midnight Special featured musicians performing live rather than lip-synching to prerecorded music.

Vote up your favorite episodes of The Midnight Special, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be hard to put one The Midnight Special episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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    Host: John Denver

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    1972 Pilot: --John Denver (host) - ""(Take Me Home) Country Roads"" & ""Goodbye Again"" --John Denver and 'Mama' Cass Elliott - ""Leaving on a Jet Plane"" duet --Argent - ""Hold Your Head Up"" & ""Tragedy"" --Harry Chapin - ""Taxi"" --David Clayton-Thomas (singer from Blood, Sweat & Tears) - ""Yesterday's Music"" & ""Nobody Calls Me Prophet"" --The Everly Brothers - ""All I Have to Do Is Dream"" & ""Stories We Could Tell"" --The Isley Brothers - ""Pop That Thang"" --Helen Reddy - ""I Don't Know How to Love Him"" --Linda Ronstadt - ""Long Long Time"" & ""The Fast One"" --War - ""Slippin' into Darkness""
    • Original Airing: Aug 19 1972
    • Season: The Midnight Special - Season 1
    • Episode Number: 1
    • Series: The Midnight Special
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    Host: Donna Summer

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    --Donna Summer (host) - ""I Feel Love,"" ""Last Dance,"" ""I Love You"" & ""A Man Like You"" --Kenny Rogers - ""Daytime Friends"" & ""Love or Something Like It"" --Kenny Rogers and Dottie West - ""Every Time Two Fools Collide"" & ""Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight"" --Brooklyn Dreams - ""Music, Harmony and Rhythm"" & ""Don't Fight the Feeling"" --The Captain and Tennille - ""Sad Eyes"" --Journey - ""Lights"" (video) & ""Feeling That Way"" --Midnight Special salute to Elvin Bishop
    • Original Airing: Feb 24 1978
    • Season: The Midnight Special - Season 6
    • Episode Number: 22
    • Series: The Midnight Special
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    Hosts: The Bee Gees

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    --The Bee Gees (guest hosts) - ""To Love Somebody,"" ""Lonely Days,"" ""I Saw a New Morning"" and a medley of hits (""New York Mining Disaster 1941,"" ""I Started a Joke,"" ""Massachusetts"" and ""How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"") --The Bee Gees and Jerry Lee Lewis - medley: ""Money,"" ""Good Golly Miss Molly,"" ""Long Tall Sally,"" ""Jenny Jenny,"" ""Tutti Frutti"" and ""Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"" --Skeeter Davis - ""One Tin Soldier"" & ""End of the World"" --Gladys Knight & the Pips - ""Neither One of Us"" & ""I Heard It Through the Grapevine"" --Jerry Lee Lewis - ""Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"" --Johnny Nash - ""Stir it Up"" & ""I Can See Clearly Now"" --Jim Weatherly -
    • Original Airing: Apr 06 1973
    • Season: The Midnight Special - Season 1
    • Episode Number: 11
    • Series: The Midnight Special
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    --Journey (hosts) - ""Wheel in the Sky,"" ""Feeling That Way,"" ""Anytime,"" ""Patiently"" & ""La Do Da"" --Chris Bliss (juggler) --Rita Coolidge - ""The Way You Do the Things You Do"" & ""Words"" --Al Jarreau - ""So Long Girl"" & ""Better Than Anything"" --Eddie Money - ""Baby Hold On,"" ""Don't Worry"" & ""Two Tickets To Paradise"" --Plus, Flo & Eddie (of The Turtles) interview Lou Reed.  ...more
    • Original Airing: Apr 28 1978
    • Season: The Midnight Special - Season 6
    • Episode Number: 30
    • Series: The Midnight Special
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