Late Show with David Letterman (1993– )

TV Series  -   -  Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 8,497 users  
Reviews: 47 user | 2 critic

The Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk-show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City.

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 05 Sep 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 25 Dec 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 05 Feb 2014
 
a list of 24 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Late Show with David Letterman (1993– )

Late Show with David Letterman (1993– ) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Late Show with David Letterman.

User Polls

Episodes

Next Episode


4 Mar 2015

Most Recent Episode


27 Feb 2015
Unnamed Episode dated 27 February 2015
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Add a plot


Previous Episode


26 Feb 2015
Unnamed Episode dated 26 February 2015
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Seasons


Years



Unknown   22   21   20   19   18   … See all »
2015   2014   2013   2012   … See all »
Won 9 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 94 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    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. Some famous features of the show include the "Top Ten... See full summary »

Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series 2003)
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Jimmy Kimmel interviews celebrities.

Stars: Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series 2009)
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Comedian Jimmy Fallon hosts a late-night talk show.

Stars: Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins
Conan (TV Series 2010)
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Conan O'Brien and his co-host Andy Richter discuss current news topics and interview celebrities and personalities.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

After Johnny Carson's retirement from the show, Jay Leno stepped in as his permanent replacement. The format of the show has remained largely unchanged, consisting primarily of an opening ... See full summary »

Stars: Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Edd Hall
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Jimmy Fallon hosts the tonight show and interviews celebrities, plays games with them and has a musical or comedic guest perform.

Stars: Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Making a satire out of the entire Late Night Show concept Scotsman Craig Ferguson hosts his show with a robot skeleton and a "horse" as his sidekicks. The show features the stereotypical parts of a Late Show, but all in their own, raw way.

Stars: Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Conan O'Brien, a Harvard Lampoon alumnus, hosts this late-night comedy/talk-show which is often silly and whimsical.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A mix of celebrity interviews, musical performers, audience participation games, and segments spotlighting real people with extraordinary stories and talents, hosted by comedienne Ellen DeGeneres.

Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Anthony Okungbowa, Stephen Boss
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Bob Hope
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Opening monologues, sketches, celebrity interviews, and musical performances are commonly featured.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jerry Vivino
Director: Hal Gurnee
Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Nick Ashford
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Host / ... (2,755 episodes, 1993-2015)
...
 Himself - Musical Director / ... (2,744 episodes, 1993-2015)
Alan Kalter ...
 Himself - Announcer / ... (1,300 episodes, 1995-2015)
Edit

Storyline

David Letterman's comedic talk-show after moving to a new television network. He retains largely the same format as the previous 'Late Night with David Letterman.' Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

From New York, the Greatest City in the World. See more »


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Late Show Backstage  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

On April 28, 2010, Letterman's monologue included references to Jay Leno's 60th birthday. He refused to read one joke from the cue cards. The joke was: "Time flies - seems like just yesterday he was pushing Johnny out." See more »

Quotes

[David is working at McDonald's]
David Letterman: Welcome to Mc Donald's.
Customer: Get me a cheeseburger.
David Letterman: Your order is a cheeseburger?
Customer: Yep.
David Letterman: Are you busy right now?
Customer: I gotta head to work. Why?
David Letterman: Could you swing by the grocery store and get us a bag of onions?
Customer: A bag of onions?
David Letterman: Yeah. We're running low.
[...]
See more »

Connections

Featured in Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Best Late Night Host

Upfront, I will say that I enjoyed him more in the past, especially when he was on at 12:30 ... he mellowed some, but after twenty years, he still is quite good. Dave may not have been able to fulfill his dream and take over from Johnny on CBS, but in a sense, he has ... he is the comfortable veteran, someone you feel good ending your night watching (unless you are into news ... then, you check out Ted Koppel). And, he still shows his edge at times, especially sometimes when he has those little monologues such as when he decided to try to get a parkway named after him (lol).

The CBS Mailbag feature is still funny, he interacts with the audience pretty good (I don't care for those segments, but I got to admit he connects with them), and the announcer is hiliarious. Other amusing, though getting a bit old things ... the "will it float" and "is this anything" segments -- that grinder girl is amusing. Stephany ... "did you see or touch any monkeys" ... is great too, her sarcastic voice at times reminds one of a young female Dave. The crew also has some good bits. The deli bits are getting tired though and go too long. Paul? People seem to love to dis him, but one gets the idea that he is a perfect fit for Dave, and finding a new guy would be damn hard.

It might be a generational thing (it's also regional ... Jay has higher rating, and is more popular in the heartland), but I don't understand why people are saying Conan is better than Dave. Now, Conan has some better comic bits and is decent overall, but he's really no match to Dave. Dave might seem bored during some interviews (but when he isn't, he really connects ... e.g. Drew Barrymore, Lisa Presley, Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, and others), but he surely is a better interviewer than Conan -- even after Conan has had years of on the job training. Also, Conan does not have good monologues ... many are actually pretty lame, and he even jokes about the lack of reaction (doesn't make it any less lame). Finally, his bits often go too long. So, really, Dave might be older and at times seems a bit tired, but he still beats Conan imho. Jay? Smarmy in my opinion ... and I used to like the guy.

It is amusing to note that David Letterman has many credits, especially before his talk show stint. I wonder if someone did a collection to highlight that fact. Oh well ... I check when the guests are good, but even when they are not, he has a good 1/2 hr more often than not.

-j


9 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Louis CK SurrenderToAir
The Fall of Letterman massaro44
First Colbert, then AC, next week Conan... aztaska
The Late Show with Jiminy Glick MasterofLogic
What about Craig Kilborn? jcrew617
find a song virus-964-465645
Discuss Late Show with David Letterman (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page