Late Night with David Letterman (TV Series 1982–1993) Poster


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Tonight! (1953) (TV Series)
Tonight! America After Dark (1957) (TV Series)
The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957) (TV Series)
The Tonight Show (1962) (TV Series)

Followed by 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) (TV Series)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) (TV Series)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009) (TV Series)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014) (TV Series)

Edited into 

Spun-off from 

The David Letterman Show (1980) (TV Series)
Same host.


Late Show with David Letterman (1993) (TV Series)

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/The Spinners/Yale Whiffenpoofs (1981) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Tom Snyder sketch
Saturday Night Live: Bruce Dern/Luther Vandross (1982) (TV Episode)
Title referenced during The Bizarro World
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Mr. T (1984) (TV Special)
Title referenced by Bob Hope
Murder, She Wrote: The Murder of Sherlock Holmes (1984) (TV Episode)
Grady tells Jessica that her editors booked her on Letterman.
Saturday Night Live: Mr. T and Hulk Hogan/The Commodores (1984) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the monologue
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Duckie refers to the series.
TerrorVision (1986)
When Medusa is asked by Suzy if she'll allow guests on her show, she tells her to go talk to the 'Letterman people' as Medusa is strictly solo.
Howard the Duck (1986)
Beverly suggests she and Howard watch "David Letterman".
Alvin & the Chipmunks: Teevee or Not Teevee/A Rash of Babies (1986) (TV Episode)
as "The Johnny Letterman Show"
Saturday Night Live: Paul Shaffer/Bruce Hornsby & The Range (1987) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the cold opening
Hunk (1987)
Bradley asks a character if Letterman writes his material
Slaughterhouse (1987)
one character wears a "Late Night..." t-shirt.
The Real Ghostbusters: Rollerghoster (1987) (TV Episode)
Peter tells Egon he should appear on David Letterman's show.
ALF: Night Train (1987) (TV Episode)
ALF: "I wonder what's on Letterman tonight. Probably Teri Garr."
Punky Brewster: Open Door, Broken Heart: Part 1 (1987) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
Full House: But Seriously Folks (1988) (TV Episode)
D.J. mentions watching the show.
Hot to Trot (1988)
One of the talk shows Don says he'd like to appear on
Good Morning, Miss Bliss: Stevie (1989) (TV Episode)
It is one of the TV talk shows mentioned by Lisa that Stevie has recently appeared on.
Little Monsters (1989)
Maurice says, "You wanna watch Letterman?"
ALF: Break Up to Make Up (1989) (TV Episode)
ALF tells Willie that he saw dancing poodles on the series.
ALF: It's My Party (1989) (TV Episode)
George refers to the series.
The Last of the Finest (1990)
"I just watched David Letterman"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I can't believe this guy made it on 'Letterman.'"
The Golden Girls: Zborn Again (1990) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name
Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards (1991) (Video Game)
The comic refers to his sidekick as his musical conductor, Paul.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Clint Eastwood/David Letterman/Bob Hope (1992) (TV Episode)
David Letterman's show is mentioned
Encino Man (1992)
talk about putting Link on the Stupid Pet Tricks segment from the show
Sister Act (1992)
Mentioned by Eddie (as The Letterman Show).
The Larry Sanders Show: Out of the Loop (1992) (TV Episode)
Sallys says her boyfriend works on the show.
Bobby's World: Fish Tales (1992) (TV Episode)
Bobby imagines himself as David Letterman doing a top ten list.
Schmidteinander: Episode #3.5 (1992) (TV Episode)
Schmidt & Feuerstein mention it
Roundhouse: TV on Trial (1992) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in "Don't Make Me Give It Up" rap.
Seinfeld: The Movie (1993) (TV Episode)
Jerry says, "I'm doing 'Letterman' Monday."
The Larry Sanders Show: Life Behind Larry (1993) (TV Episode)
David Letterman receiving an award for the show
Wilder Napalm (1993)
mentioned in film
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Creeping Terror (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: That's wild, Dave.
Totally Bill Hicks (1994) (Video)
The Critic: Lady Hawke (1995) (TV Episode)
Olivia lists Larry "Bud" Melman among her past lovers
Siskel & Ebert: Nine Months/The Indian in the Cupboard/Under Siege 2/Kids/Gross Fatigue (1995) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert suggests that David Letterman may have gotten his idea for "Stupid Pet Tricks" from Pete Smith.
The Larry Sanders Show: Conflict of Interest (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by a character.
Beavis and Butt-Head: Feel-a-Cop (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Late Shift (1996) (TV Movie)
Saturday Night Live: Christine Baranski/The Cure (1996) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the Courtney Love Show
Private Parts (1997)
The Simpsons: Homer's Enemy (1997) (TV Episode)
The trick of using a fire extinguisher as propellant in an office chair is a joke used in this program.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1999) (TV Episode)
Mike: Larry "Bud" Melman in drag.
Man on the Moon (1999)
Contains a meticulous re-creation of the former show.
The Tao of Steve (2000)
Dex says he asks God if he saw the show.
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Molly Shannon (2001) (Video)
Referenced in the Courtney Love Show
Storytelling (2001)
Scooby mentions it.
50 Years of NBC Late Night (2001) (TV Special)
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection (2003) (Video)
"Living with a Hernia" includes a "Top Ten" list of hernias.
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments (2004) (TV Movie)
Gumby on David Letterman sketch is featured
Seinfeld: How It Began (2004) (TV Movie)
mentioned once
Kathy Griffin: Allegedly (2004) (Video)
30 Rock: Jack-Tor (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jack
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.68 (2008) (TV Episode)
Category for a $4,000 question is titled "Stupid Human Tricks"
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #17.27 (2009) (TV Episode)
Conan mentions that his studio was previously used for Letterman's show
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: The White Stripes (2009) (TV Episode)
Conan thanks David Letterman for establishing the "Late Night" show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #17.91 (2009) (TV Episode)
Conan O'Brien says he had big shoes to fill when he took over "Late Night"
Saturday Night Live: Ryan Reynolds/Lady Gaga (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update when talking about David Letterman scandal
American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)
Bill's appearances and the show are featured and discussed
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Episode #6.105 (2010) (TV Episode)
Craig Ferguson discusses the history of various significant late-night talk shows
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.35 (2010) (TV Episode)
Ken Jeong reminisces about seeing Jay on the show
Rick and Morty: Rixty Minutes (2014) (TV Episode)
Rick and Morty watch another dimension's version of Letterman
Misery Loves Comedy (2015)
Janeane Garofalo talks about the show.
Saturday Night Live: Louis C.K./Rihanna (2015) (TV Episode)
Louis C.K. mentions Letterman's first show was broadcast from Thirty Rock during his goodnights
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Eric Stonestreet/Mike Epps/Nick Swardson/Elle King (2015) (TV Episode)
The opening sequence imitates the one from Letterman's previous edition of the show as a tribute on his retirement, and Seth discusses the show as an influence
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Heidi Klum/Richard Lewis/Matt Fraction (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the Ya Burnt segment
Dude Bro Party Massacre III (2015)
Sminkle is constantly writing Top Ten lists to submit to this show
Saturday Night Live: Miley Cyrus (2015) (TV Episode)
Picture of Talk Show host David Letterman shown at start of American Voices sketch
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Olivia Wilde/Paul Reubens/Joywave (2016) (TV Episode)
Paul Reubens talks about his regular appearances on the show as Pee-wee Herman
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Samuel L. Jackson/Cecily Strong/Spike Feresten/Danny Carey (2016) (TV Episode)
Seth mentions that Spike Feresten used to be an intern and writer on the show, and Feresten recalls an earlier incident in which he got on the show by pretending that he was Canadian

Featured in 

The Last Polka (1985) (TV Movie)
a clip of the Schmenges on this show is shown
Sonic Youth: Teenage Riot (1988) (Video)
A clip of Harvey Pekar on the show is included.
The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special (1989) (TV Movie)
1983 clip shows Siskel and Ebert shooting free throws.
Totally Bill Hicks (1994) (Video)
The Larry Sanders Show: Larry's Big Idea (1995) (TV Episode)
Clip from the show is presented
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television (1996) (TV Special)
footage from this show exists in this special
Private Parts (1997)
Sonny & Me: Cher Remembers (1998) (TV Special)
Siskel & Ebert: Remembering Gene Siskel (1999) (TV Episode)
Clips of Siskel and Ebert appearances are shown.
Influences: From Yesterday to Today (1999) (TV Movie)
clips from this show are used in this special
The Talk Show Story (2000) (TV Mini-Series)
50 Years of NBC Late Night (2001) (TV Special)
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
The Dream Studio (2004) (Video)
clip shown
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
Opens with a clip of David Letterman introducing Roger Corman on his show.
Brows Held High: Trash Humpers (2011) (TV Episode)
From the episode where David interviews Harmony Korine
Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2012)
Clip of Chris Elliott as Morton Downey Jr. shown.
Brows Held High: What Is It? (2012) (TV Episode)
recalling Crispin Glover's appearance.
The Cinema Snob: Heartbeeps (2013) (TV Episode)
recalling Andy Kaufman apologizing for Heartbeeps
Nostalgia Critic: The Wicker Man (2014) (TV Episode)
The Critic says: "Play me out, Paul!". Also, footage of this television program is shown.
The Cinema Snob: Caddyshack II (2014) (TV Episode)
recalling Chevy Chase's appearance shortly after Caddyshack II.
Beaver Trilogy Part IV (2015)
Discusses Crispin Glover's appearance
David Letterman: A Life on Television (2015) (TV Movie)
Multiple highlights from show
Late Show with David Letterman: The Final Late Show with David Letterman (2015) (TV Episode)
Various clips from Dave's previous late-night show
30 for 30: The '85 Bears (2016) (TV Episode)
A clip is featured.
The Cinema Snob: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (2016) (TV Episode)
recalling Margot Kidder's poor attempt at promoting Superman IV on Letterman
The Eighties: Raised on Television (2016) (TV Episode)
clips shown
The Nineties: The One About TV (2017) (TV Episode)
clips shown

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Chevy Chase/Queen (1982) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in David Letterman skit
The Joe Piscopo Special (1984) (TV Special)
Late Night for Lovers (1989) (Video)
Sex parody of late night talk show.
Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (1992) (Video)
Caricature of David Letterman.
The Critic: Sherman of Arabia (1995) (TV Episode)
David Letterman reads a Top 10 list of reasons why Jay is lost in the desert
Animaniacs: Ten Short Films About Wakko Warner/No Time for Love/The Boo Network (1996) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in "The Boo Network" with "Late Night with David Featherman".
Late Night Sex with Jonathan Morgan (1998) (Video)
Porn version of late night TV talk show.
Late Night Sex with Jonathan Morgan Starring Johnni Black (1998) (Video)
Title and premise spoof late night TV series.
Late Night Sex with Jonathan Morgan Starring Anna Malle (1998) (Video)
Porn take-off on late night talk show.
Late Night Sex with Jonathan Morgan Starring Farrah (1998) (Video)
Porn talk show patterned after late night David Letterman show.
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey (1999) (TV Special)
Wayne and Garth present their own Top Ten list.
50 Years of NBC Late Night (2001) (TV Special)
Candy Girl (2003) (Video)
Porn spoof of title and premise of late night talk show.
Dog with a Blog: The Parrot Trap (2013) (TV Episode)
Stan imitates Letterman's "Top Ten List"

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