The Best Episodes of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2018

Hailing from Rockefeller Center in the heart of New York City, Jimmy has made it his mission to make sure viewers end the day with a smile. Each weeknight, he hosts A-list guests, from movie stars to athletes, comedians, public figures and everyone in between. He also delivers a signature nightly monologue, performs in topical comedy sketches, plays fan-favorite games, and presents recurring segments like Thank You Notes. Today's popular musical guests also stop by to perform alongside house band The Roots.

President Barack Obama, Madonna

#1 - President Barack Obama, Madonna

Season 3 - Episode 153

star 9.00
2 votes
Michael Fassbender, Zoe Saldana

#2 - Michael Fassbender, Zoe Saldana

Season 1 - Episode 54

star 8.86
7 votes
Brian Williams, Christina Hendricks, Ilan Hall

#3 - Brian Williams, Christina Hendricks, Ilan Hall

Season 1 - Episode 41

Brian Williams (NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970)); Christina Hendricks (Mad Men (2007)); chef Ilan Hall.

star 8.78
9 votes
Jamie Foxx, Alan Cumming, Alicia Keys & Kendrick Lamar

#4 - Jamie Foxx, Alan Cumming, Alicia Keys & Kendrick Lamar

Season 1 - Episode 45

Jamie Foxx; Alan Cumming. Also: Alicia Keys & Kendrick Lamar perform.

star 8.71
17 votes
Amanda Seyfried, Chad Smith, Will Ferrell

#5 - Amanda Seyfried, Chad Smith, Will Ferrell

Season 1 - Episode 64

Amanda Seyfried; Chad Smith & Will Ferrell Drum Off. Also: Red Hot Chili Peppers perform.

star 8.60
25 votes
Emma Stone, Robinson Cano, Keith Urban

#6 - Emma Stone, Robinson Cano, Keith Urban

Season 1 - Episode 46

Emma Stone; Robinson Cano. Also: Keith Urban performs.

star 8.58
19 votes
Bryan Cranston, Brie Larson, Kevin Delaney

#7 - Bryan Cranston, Brie Larson, Kevin Delaney

Season 1 - Episode 51

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad (2008)); Brie Larson (Community (2009)); Kevin Delaney.

star 8.54
13 votes
Jennifer Lawrence, Craig Robinson, a performance by the Broadway cast of 'A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder'

#8 - Jennifer Lawrence, Craig Robinson, a performance by the Broadway cast of 'A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder'

Season 1 - Episode 59

star 8.50
22 votes
Tom Cruise, Kendall & Kylie Jenner, Chrissie Hynde

#9 - Tom Cruise, Kendall & Kylie Jenner, Chrissie Hynde

Season 1 - Episode 68

star 8.50
6 votes
Rosario Dawson, Jeff Musial, Fun

#10 - Rosario Dawson, Jeff Musial, Fun

Season 1 - Episode 78

star 8.50
4 votes
David Duchovny, Jeff Foxworthy, Pitbull, Kevin Eubanks

#11 - David Duchovny, Jeff Foxworthy, Pitbull, Kevin Eubanks

Season 2 - Episode 140

David Duchovny (Aquarius (2015)); Jeff Foxworthy (Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (2007)). Also: Pitbull performs; Kevin Eubanks sits in with The Roots.

star 8.42
33 votes
Kristen Bell, Steve Harvey, Demi Lovato

#12 - Kristen Bell, Steve Harvey, Demi Lovato

Season 1 - Episode 16

star 8.39
23 votes
Jennifer Garner, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Stevie Nicks

#13 - Jennifer Garner, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Stevie Nicks

Season 1 - Episode 38

Jennifer Garner (Draft Day (2014)); Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic; Stevie Nicks performs with The Roots.

star 8.39
18 votes
Mark Wahlberg, Sofia Vergara, Mo

#14 - Mark Wahlberg, Sofia Vergara, Mo

Season 4 - Episode 2

star 8.38
68 votes
Will Smith, U2

#15 - Will Smith, U2

Season 1 - Episode 1

Jimmy Fallon premieres as the new host of The Tonight Show, welcoming his first guest Will Smith and a performance from U2.

star 8.38
110 votes
Directors: Spike Lee
Writers: A.D. Miles
Seth Rogen, Matt Bomer, Coldplay

#16 - Seth Rogen, Matt Bomer, Coldplay

Season 1 - Episode 52

Seth Rogen; Matt Bomer. Also: Coldplay perform.

star 8.33
24 votes
Jason Segel, Steve Harvey, Alicia Keys

#17 - Jason Segel, Steve Harvey, Alicia Keys

Season 1 - Episode 119

star 8.31
16 votes
Liam Neeson, Terry Crews, Conor Oberst

#18 - Liam Neeson, Terry Crews, Conor Oberst

Season 1 - Episode 61

star 8.31
13 votes
Justin Timberlake

#19 - Justin Timberlake

Season 1 - Episode 5

Jimmy Fallon teams up with guest Justin Timberlake for Friday's Tonight Show.

star 8.31
65 votes
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Shailene Woodley, Artie Lange, Beck

#20 - Shailene Woodley, Artie Lange, Beck

Season 1 - Episode 18

star 8.30
10 votes
Clint Eastwood, Jack White

#21 - Clint Eastwood, Jack White

Season 1 - Episode 71

star 8.30
20 votes
Jared Leto, Amy Brenneman, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Tom Bailey

#22 - Jared Leto, Amy Brenneman, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Tom Bailey

Season 1 - Episode 112

star 8.27
15 votes
Jon Hamm, Brit Marling, Martha Stewart

#23 - Jon Hamm, Brit Marling, Martha Stewart

Season 1 - Episode 94

star 8.25
12 votes
Stephen Colbert, Keri Russell, Broken Bells

#24 - Stephen Colbert, Keri Russell, Broken Bells

Season 1 - Episode 15

star 8.25
28 votes
Denis Leary, Cat Deeley, Nickel Creek

#25 - Denis Leary, Cat Deeley, Nickel Creek

Season 1 - Episode 33

star 8.25
8 votes