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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: Mac Davis

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    --Mac Davis (host) - ""Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me,"" ""I Believe in Music,"" ""Dream Me Home,"" ""Home"" & ""Half and Half (Song for Sara)"" --The Doobie Brothers - ""Jesus Is Just Alright"" & ""Listen to the Music"" --Waylon Jennings - ""You Can Have Her"" --Billy Paul - ""Me and Mrs. Jones"" & ""Brown Baby"" --Billy Preston - ""Blackbird,"" ""Georgia on My Mind"" & ""That's the Way God Planned It"" --Joan Rivers (comedy segment) --On film: the ""Dueling Banjos"" segment from ""Deliverance""...
    • Original Airing: Feb 16 1973
    • Season: The Midnight Special - Season 1
    • Episode Number: 4
    • Series: The Midnight Special
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    Host: Anne Murray

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    --Anne Murray (host) - ""Snowbird,"" ""Danny's Song"" & ""I Know"" --Anne Murray, Steve Martin and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - ""Shuckin' the Corn"" --The Association - ""Along Comes Mary,"" ""Crazy Songs and Loony Tunes"" & ""Names, Tags, Numbers and Labels"" --Badfinger - ""No Matter What"" & ""Suitcase"" --Steve Martin (comedy segment) - routines on parts of the body; sound effects and plays the banjo. --Don McLean - ""Vincent,"" ""Dreidel"" & ""If We Try"" --Sam Neely - ""Loving You Just Crossed My Mind"" & ""Rosalie"" --Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - ""Jambalaya"" --Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee - ""People Get Ready"" & ""Walkin' My Blues Away""...
    • Original Airing: Mar 02 1973
    • Season: The Midnight Special - Season 1
    • Episode Number: 6
    • Series: The Midnight Special
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  • 7

    Host: Jerry Lee Lewis

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    --Jerry Lee Lewis (guest host) - ""Great Balls of Fire,"" ""High School Confidential,"" ""Drinking Wine Spo Dee O'Dee"" & ""Cold Cold Heart"" --Jerry Lee Lewis and Linda Gail Lewis - ""Roll Over Beethoven"" --Freddie Cannon - ""Tallahassee Lassie"" & ""Way Down Yonder in New Orleans"" --Chubby Checker - ""The Twist"" & ""Huckle Buck"" --Bobby Day - ""Rockin' Robin"" --The Del Vikings - ""Come Go with Me"" --The Penguins - ""Earth Angel"" --Lloyd Price - ""Stagger Lee"" & ""Where Were You on My Wedding Day"" --Little Anthony - ""I'm Alright"" & ""Tears on My Pillow"" --The Ronettes - ""Be My Baby"" & ""Walkin' in the Rain"" --Del Shannon - ""Runaway"" & ""Keep...
    • Original Airing: Apr 27 1973
    • Season: The Midnight Special - Season 1
    • Episode Number: 14
    • Series: The Midnight Special
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    Hosts: Burns and Schreiber

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    --Jack Burns and Avery Schreiber (comedy team, guest hosts) --Mark Almond - ""What Am I Loving For,"" ""Just Another Road Song"" & ""The City"" --Kenny Colman - ""Last Tango in Paris"" --The Crusaders - ""Put It Where You Want It"" & ""Don't Let It Get You Down"" --Ronnie Dyson - ""One Man Band"" --The Hollies - ""Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress"" --The Incredible String Band - ""Black Jack Davy"" & ""Old Buccaneer"" --Steve Martin (comedian, stand-up comedy segment) --The O'Jays - ""Love Train""...
    • Original Airing: May 11 1973
    • Season: The Midnight Special - Season 1
    • Episode Number: 16
    • Series: The Midnight Special
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