My top non-fiction tv shows (news, talk shows, etc).

My favorite non-fiction and talk tv shows. Talk shows, news shows, sports shows, etc.
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1.
The Dick Cavett Show (1968 TV Series)
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Daytime, primetime, then late-night talk and variety show. Often there was only one guest (GA Gov. Lester... (90 mins.)
 
2.
120 Minutes (1991 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Steve Paley
 
3.
Frontline (1983 TV Series)
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Investigative journalist documentaries. (60 mins.)
 
4.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
America's top fake news show. (22 mins.)
 
5.
Reverb (1999 TV Series)
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REVERB, the critically-acclaimed weekly HBO music series spotlighting emerging talent, ran for four season (1997-2001)... (50 mins.)
 
6.
Pardon the Interruption (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Two former sportswriters discuss the day's top stories of the sports world. (30 mins.)
Director: Tom Howard
 
7.
Inside the NFL (1977 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
8.
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948 TV Series)
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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances. (60 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Whelan
 
9.
Late Night with David Letterman (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
David Letterman hosted this popular late-night comedy/talk-show. Often, Dave would go on location or to the phone lines to play pranks... (60 mins.)
 
10.
That Was the Week That Was (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An Americanized version of the famous hit British TV show, retaining David Frost from the British cast. (30 mins.)
 
11.
NBC Sunday Night Football (2006 TV Series)
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Professional football games played on Sunday night.
 
12.
NFL Primetime (1987 TV Series)
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Chris Berman (Boomer) and Tom Jackson (TJ) have highlights from all the NFL's game, presented in an exciting and suspenseful fashion. Also features additional things like "Primetime Players". Airs on ESPN. (60 mins.)
 
13.
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety that would become notorious for its topical satirical humor. (60 mins.)
 
14.
NFL Monday Night Football (1970 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Coverage of professional football featuring teams from the National Football League airing on Monday nights during the NFL's regular season.
 
15.
PBS NewsHour (1975 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
16.
Saturday Night Live (1975 TV Series)
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The famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show. (90 mins.)
 
17.
The McLaughlin Group (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
This PBS news/talk-show presents several journalists involved in spirited discussions of topics in current events... (30 mins.)
 
18.
The Colbert Report (2005 TV Series)
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Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger-than-life ego and overly-patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way. (30 mins.)
 
19.
Key and Peele (2012 TV Series)
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Project sees Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in front of a live studio audience bantering about a topic weaved between filmed shorts and sketches. (30 mins.)
 
20.
ABC News Nightline (1980 TV Series)
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A nightly discussion of one important news event from earlier that day. (30 mins.)
Director: Eric Siegel
 
21.
The Rachel Maddow Show (2008 TV Series)
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Air America's liberal talk show host discusses current events, with an emphasis on politics.
 
22.
MADtv (1995 TV Series)
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A sketch comedy show based on the seminal Mad Magazine. (60 mins.)
 
23.
National Geographic Explorer (1985 TV Series)
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A weekly series of short documentary segments funded by the National Geographic Society and done in the style of the National Geographic Specials... (120 mins.)
Director: Cara Biega
 
24.
60 Minutes (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A popular television News magazine in the USA, in which an ever changing team of CBS News correspondents contribute segments ranging from hard news coverage to politics to lifestyle and pop culture. (60 mins.)
Director: Arthur Bloom
 
25.
SportsCenter (1979 TV Series)
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Daily sports news, results, and features. (60 mins.)
 
26.
Around the Horn (2002 TV Series)
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Tony Reali hosts a fun, irreverent half hour of discussion and debate on sports-related topics. Reali... (30 mins.)
 
27.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005 TV Series)
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Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, traveler, visits places all around the world sampling various foods. (60 mins.)
 
28.
The Kids in the Hall (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits. (25 mins.)
 
29.
Globe Trekker (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
30.
Morning Joe (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Your one stop shop for all the late breaking news in our nation and all over the world. (180 mins.)
 
31.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities. (105 mins.)
 
32.
In Living Color (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show. (30 mins.)
 
33.
The Whitest Kids U'Know (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A sketch comedy show involving five friends. (15 mins.)
 
34.
Real Sex (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
 
35.
Louisiana Cookin' (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
PBS Cajun cooking show hosted by Justin Wilson.
 
36.
BBC World News America (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Using the resources and reach of BBC News, this nightly news program is tailored to serve American audiences, focusing on international news as well as covering stories from around the United States.
 
37.
Wide World of Sports (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Provides up to the minute sport news and exclusive sport stories and commentary. (90 mins.)
 
38.
The Price Is Right (1972 TV Series)
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Contestants guess the prices of featured products in order to win them. (60 mins.)
 
39.
The State (1993 TV Series)
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Each episode contains 30 minutes of extremely bizarre and funny sketch comedy performed by THE STATE, an 11 member sketch comedy troupe who wrote and starred in various sketches seen throughout the program. (30 mins.)
 
40.
Headbangers Ball (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A TV series consisting of heavy metal music videos. (180 mins.)
 
41.
Larry King Live (1985 TV Series)
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Popular and controversial journalist Larry King hosts this CNN call-in talk show. (60 mins.)
Director: Randy Douthit
 
42.
Washington Journal (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
 
43.
Hardcore TV (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
8-episode narrative adult comedy series for HBO. Spring '94
 
44.
Big Brother (2000 TV Series)
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Contestants must compete against each other for a chance to win $500,000 in a house wired with cameras and microphones, capturing their every move for a TV and Internet audience. (44 mins.)
 
45.
Who Do You Think You Are? (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Celebrities are given the opportunity to research their family trees with surprising and often unexpected results. (60 mins.)
 
46.
Let's Make a Deal (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes... (30 mins.)
Director: Joe Behar
 
47.
Candid Camera (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Unsuspecting people are placed in confusing, impossible, embarrassing, ridiculous, and hilarious positions... (30 mins.)
 
48.
Politically Incorrect (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four guests from the worlds of politics and entertainment join host Bill Maher for a free-wheeling and humorous discussion of current events. (30 mins.)
 
49.
Meet the Press (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A national current affairs interview program which brings together the nation's leaders and the press to discuss pressing news stories. (30 mins.)
 
50.
The Arsenio Hall Show (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Arsenio Hall hosts this hip, late-night talk show. (60 mins.)
 
51.
The Dating Game (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
One of the classic game shows created by Chuck Barris. In this show, a single woman would be given a... (30 mins.)
 
52.
Anderson Cooper 360° (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A 360 look at the latest news by Anderson Cooper. (120 mins.)
Director: Kelly Pearsall
 
53.
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Conan O'Brien, a Harvard Lampoon alumnus, hosts this late-night comedy/talk-show which is often silly and whimsical. (60 mins.)
 
54.
Sandblast (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An MTV "fun-in-the-sun" show with two-person teams competing in events such as freestyle swimming, sand bike races... (30 mins.)
 
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56.
The O'Reilly Factor (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
Fox News Channel news and talk show. (60 mins.)
 
57.
Trading Spaces (2000 TV Series)
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Two teams, two days, $1000. Each with the help of a professional designer and carpenter, this show pits... (60 mins.)
 
58.
BBC News 24 (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The BBC's 24 hour news service, also seen overnight on BBC One. (1440 mins.)
 
59.
Charlie Rose (1991 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Charlie Rose interviews noteworthy people in fields including politics and government, business and economics, science and technology, media, sports and the arts. (60 mins.)
 
60.
The Newlywed Game (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The basic premise of the perennial game show "The Newlywed Game" has been copied and imitated many times... (30 mins.)
 
61.
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher discusses topical events with guests from various backgrounds. (60 mins.)
 
62.
The Tim Russert Show (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
63.
The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell (2010 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
64.
American Gladiators (1989 TV Series)
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The teams compete in such events as Power Ball, Assault, The Wall and Hang Tough. The Eliminator round decides the winner of the tournament. (60 mins.)
 
65.
Real World (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Each season, series producers choose a diverse group of seven to eight people in their late teens to mid-20s to live together in a major city... (30 mins.)
“ Just New York, Cali, and San Fran were great. Ok until San Diego 2004. Became unwatchable. ” - monk_venkman
 
66.
Win, Lose or Draw (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Syndicated show produced between 1987 and 1989; debuted in the USA in September 1987. Two teams of three... (30 mins.)
 
67.
Now with Alex Wagner (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
 
68.
The Cycle (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Daily news/opinion shows featuring journalists, commentators, and news makers. (60 mins.)
 
69.
Road Rules (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A diverse group of five to six people in their late teens to mid-20s are chosen to travel together in an RV, completing missions in order to receive a handsome reward. Each season's trip takes place in a different region. (30 mins.)
 
70.
Fox Report (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
71.
The Crocodile Hunter (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Steve and wife Terri educate and entertain on the subject of Australia's all too often dangerous wildlife. (30 mins.)
 
72.
Hardball with Chris Matthews (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Starting on CNBC in 1997 and changing to MSNBC in 1999, Chris Matthews asks the tough questions in gut-renching political and social debates with celebrity and non-celebrity guests. (60 mins.)
 
73.
Supermarket Sweep (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In this game show, contestants answer trivia questions and then compete in a timed race through the supermarket. The team that has the most valuable items in their shopping cart at the end of the race wins. (30 mins.)
Director: Chris Darley
 
74.
NewsNation with Tamron Hall (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
75.
Fox News Sunday (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Sunday morning Fox News Channel commentary show has interviews with newsmakers and discussions of current affairs. (60 mins.)
 
76.
Man vs. Wild (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Bear Grylls travels the world in search of challenges to his survival skills. (60 mins.)
 
77.
HGTV Design Star (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Ten aspiring designers seek to impress home viewers and an expert judging panel with their design expertise, ingenuity, creativity and "it" factor during the reality competition, HGTV Design Star.
 
78.
His & Hers (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
 
79.
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of...
 
80.
Melissa Harris-Perry (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Political talk show. (120 mins.)
 
81.
The Sports Reporters (2016 TV Series)
Director: Rob Cowan
 
82.
Mike & Mike (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg debate sports. (240 mins.)
Director: Don Collantonio
 
83.
ESPN Friday Night Fights (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
 
84.
The NBA on TNT (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(300 mins.)
 
85.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A monthly sports magazine that follows what happens on and, more importantly, off the field. (60 mins.)
Director: Jeff Winn
 
86.
The Joy of Painting (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
In this half-hour program, artist Bob Ross paints on canvas a beautiful oil painting. (30 mins.)
Stars: Bob Ross
 
87.
Rehab Addict (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Nicole Curtis is saving historic houses, one broken-down fireplace at a time. Working in Detroit and Minneapolis...