A coming of age story is set in 1970s Los Angeles following the lives and challenges of Andy, a wide-eyed 19-year-old Nebraskan who stumbles his way into a job at The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and Joy, a young talent coordinator on the show, as they both try to find their way and prove themselves in this period of cultural and political upheaval.
Based on a true story, Johnny Carson finds himself entangled in an extortion plot. Authorities are brought in, and some suspect Andy of being the plot. Andy also bonds with Joy and Rasheed while getting high for the first time in his life.
Freddie invites Andy to his church in Beverly Hills, but it goes very badly, and Joy talks to her therapist about a recent wedding weekend gone wrong. When Andy calls his parents in Nebraska with some good news, he ends up getting news about his brother.
Joy argues for equal pay at work, while juggling her own personal family drama at home. The writers take Andy on an outing he’ll never forget, and Mitch tries to hide his inner demons. Joy tries to mold Andy into the man she thinks he can be.
Andy juggles confusing feelings for Joy, and when he’s given his first important task at work, one bad thing happens after another. Somehow Andy ends up on his feet, and in the process manages to give Joy the credit she so rarely gets.