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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""...
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      Host: Helen Reddy

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      --Helen Reddy (host) - ""I Am Woman,"" ""Peaceful"" & ""Come On John"" --Ed McMahon (walk-on cameo) - wishes the show sucess --Ike and Tina Turner Revue- ""I Can't Turn You Loose"" & ""With a Little Help from My Friends"" --George Carlin (comedian) - stand-up comedy monologue --Curtis Mayfield - ""Superfly"" --Don McLean - ""Dreidel"" & ""If We Try"" --Rare Earth - ""We're Gonna Have a Good Time"" & ""I Just Want to Celebrate"" --Kenny Rankin - ""Comin' Down"" --The Byrds - ""Mr. Tambourine Man"" & ""So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star"" --The Impressions - ""Preacher Man"" --Helen Reddy, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions - ""Amen""...
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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""...
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          Host: Harry Chapin

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          --Harry Chapin (host) - ""Sunday Morning Sunshine"" ""Sniper"" and ""Taxi"" --Kerrie Biddell - ""Spirit in the Dark"" --Blood, Sweat and Tears - ""Rosemary,"" ""Hip Pickles"" & ""Snow Queen"" --The Committee (comedy segment) - routines on ""Harry Krishna""; doctor's office; commercial message and used cars. --The Hollies - ""Magic Woman Touch"" & ""He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"" --Curtis Mayfield - ""Freddie's Dead"" & ""Superfly"" --Timmy Thomas - ""Why Can't We Live Together?""...
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