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

by monk_venkman | created - 23 Nov 2011 | updated - 14 Feb 2015 | Public

My favorite non-fiction and talk tv shows. Talk shows, news shows, sports shows, etc.

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1. The Dick Cavett Show (1968–1974)

90 min | Music, Talk-Show

Daytime, primetime, then late-night talk and variety show. Often there was only one guest (GA Gov. Lester Maddox walked out angrily during one interview). Cavett was intelligent and witty, ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Cavett, Bobby Rosengarden, Fred Foy, Muhammad Ali

Votes: 479

2. 120 Minutes (1991– )

120 min | Music

120 Minutes is a television show in the United States dedicated to the alternative music genre. Over 2 hours, watch music videos featuring leftfield artists from electronic to alternative rock to hip-hop.

Stars: Matt Pinfield, Jerry Cantrell, Jeff Buckley, Michael Tighe

Votes: 61

3. Frontline (1983– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

Investigative journalist documentaries.

Stars: Will Lyman, Sarah Childress, Arun Rath, Martin Smith

Votes: 1,258

4. The Daily Show (1996– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Providing comedy/news in the tradition of TV Nation and SNL's Weekend Update, Comedy Central's Daily Show reports on the foibles and of the real world with a satirical edge. In addition to ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver

Votes: 40,550

5. Reverb (1999–2001)

50 min | Music

REVERB, the critically-acclaimed weekly HBO music series spotlighting emerging talent, ran for four season (1997-2001). REVERB captured the energy and spontaneity of live music by taking ... See full summary »

Stars: Richie Knucklez, Fred Armisen

Votes: 17

6. Pardon the Interruption (2001– )

30 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

Two former sportswriters discuss the day's top stories of the sports world.

Stars: Tony Reali, Michael Wilbon, Tony Kornheiser, Dan Le Batard

Votes: 1,720

7. Inside the NFL (1977– )

TV-PG | 60 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

Weekly program offering recaps and in-depth analysis on the NFL.

Stars: Phil Simms, Cris Collinsworth, Warren Sapp, Jenn Brown

Votes: 291

8. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Roberta Peters

Votes: 984

9. Late Night with David Letterman (1982–1993)

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

Popular late-night comedy/talk-show with host David Letterman, interviewing famous guests.

Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Bill Wendell, Calvert DeForest

Votes: 3,462

10. That Was the Week That Was (1964–1965)

30 min | Comedy

An Americanized version of the famous hit British TV show, retaining David Frost from the British cast.

Stars: David Frost, Phyllis Newman, Nancy Ames, Pat Englund

Votes: 81

11. NBC Sunday Night Football (2006– )

Sport

Professional football games played on Sunday night.

Stars: Al Michaels, Rodney Harrison, Ben Roethlisberger, John Madden

Votes: 954

12. NFL Primetime (2012– )

60 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

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.

Stars: Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, Trey Wingo, Zach Ertz

Votes: 338

13. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967–1970)

60 min | Comedy

The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.

Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen, Peter Cullen

Votes: 1,053

14. NFL Monday Night Football (1970– )

Sport

Coverage of professional football featuring teams from the National Football League airing on Monday nights during the NFL's regular season.

Stars: Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Howard Cosell, Dan Dierdorf

Votes: 1,190

15. PBS NewsHour (1975– )

TV-G | 60 min | News

PBS newshour is an news show which shows news updates.

Stars: Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill, Jim Lehrer, Jeffrey Brown

Votes: 240

16. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 37,605

17. The McLaughlin Group (1982– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

This PBS news/talk-show presents several journalists involved in spirited discussions of topics in current events. The group is led in round-table discussions by John McLaughlin.

Stars: John McLaughlin, Eleanor Clift, Pat Buchanan, Tony Blankley

Votes: 143

18. The Colbert Report (2005–2015)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

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.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart, Paul Dinello

Votes: 35,556

19. Key and Peele (2012–2015)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

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.

Stars: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ron Artest, Matt Wheeler

Votes: 13,218

20. ABC News Nightline (1980– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

A nightly discussion of one important news event from earlier that day.

Stars: JuJu Chang, Bill Weir, Terry Moran, Byron Pitts

Votes: 241

21. The Rachel Maddow Show (2008– )

Not Rated | 60 min | News, Talk-Show

Air America's liberal talk show host discusses current events, with an emphasis on politics.

Stars: Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Richard Engel, Andrea Mitchell

Votes: 1,513

22. MADtv (1995–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Reality-TV, Talk-Show

A sketch comedy show based on the seminal Mad Magazine.

Stars: Michael McDonald, Debra Wilson, Aries Spears, Bobby Lee

Votes: 8,599

23. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )

120 min | Documentary, History

A weekly series of short documentary segments funded by the National Geographic Society and done in the style of the National Geographic Specials. In 2003, the show was re-branded National ... See full summary »

Stars: Salvatore Vecchio, Peter Coyote, Lisa Ling, Gerald Durrell

Votes: 236

24. 60 Minutes (1968– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, News

The classic long-running prime time TV investigative news magazine.

Stars: Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft, Morley Safer

Votes: 2,562

25. SportsCenter (1979– )

60 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

Daily sports news, results, and features.

Stars: Neil Everett, Jalen Rose, Jenn Brown, Antonietta Collins

Votes: 2,023

26. Around the Horn (2002– )

30 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

Tony Reali hosts a fun, irreverent half hour of discussion and debate on sports-related topics. Reali chooses the topics and gives each of the panelists, sports writers from major ... See full summary »

Stars: Tony Reali, Woody Paige, Tim Cowlishaw, Bill Plaschke

Votes: 975

27. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, traveler, visits places all around the world sampling various foods.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Zamir Gotta, Todd Liebler, Jerry Risius

Votes: 5,380

28. The Kids in the Hall (1988–1994)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits.

Stars: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney

Votes: 7,661

29. Globe Trekker (1994– )

60 min | Adventure, Reality-TV

The hosts travel to various destinations around the world. As they do, you view their experiences and listen to their critiques along the way.

Stars: Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Megan McCormick, Zay Harding

Votes: 743

30. Morning Joe (2007– )

180 min | News, Talk-Show

Your one stop shop for all the late breaking news in our nation and all over the world.

Stars: Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle

Votes: 539

31. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

105 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

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

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Doc Severinsen, Skitch Henderson

Votes: 2,643

32. In Living Color (1990–1994)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 8,355

33. The Whitest Kids U'Know (2007–2011)

TV-MA | 15 min | Comedy

A sketch comedy show involving five friends.

Stars: Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Darren Trumeter

Votes: 4,275

34. Real Sex (1990– )

TV-MA | Documentary

Documentary series that explores sex in the '90s. Each episode has several segments about current trends in sexuality as well as street interviews with common people.

Stars: Susan Block, Barbara Carrellas, Samantha Jones, Nely Galan

Votes: 290

35. Louisiana Cookin' (1982– )

PBS Cajun cooking show hosted by Justin Wilson.

Star: Justin Wilson

Votes: 48

36. BBC World News America (2007– )

News

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.

Stars: Missy Laws, Orla Guerin, Sharon Carpenter, Ian Pannell

Votes: 29

37. Wide World of Sports (1981– )

90 min | Sport

Provides up to the minute sport news and exclusive sport stories and commentary.

Stars: Ken Sutcliffe, James Brayshaw, Michael Slater, Giaan Rooney

Votes: 20

38. The Price Is Right (1972– )

TV-G | 60 min | Family, Game-Show

Contestants compete for prizes and cash, including cars and vacations, in games that test their knowledge of consumer goods pricing.

Stars: Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson, Holly Hallstrom

Votes: 2,818

39. The State (1993–2009)

30 min | Comedy

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.

Stars: Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek

Votes: 2,183

40. Headbangers Ball (1987– )

180 min | Music

A TV series consisting of heavy metal music videos.

Stars: Rob Zombie, Chris Barnes, Bruce Dickinson, Vanessa Warwick

Votes: 186

41. Larry King Live (1985–2010)

60 min | News, Talk-Show

Popular and controversial journalist Larry King hosts this CNN call-in talk show.

Stars: Larry King, Bill Maher, Bob Woodward, Ryan Seacrest

Votes: 915

43. Hardcore TV (1992– )

Comedy

8-episode narrative adult comedy series for HBO. Spring '94

Stars: Deborah Magdalena, Dave Konig, Tracy Vilar, Mary Lou Allgood

Votes: 66

44. Big Brother (II) (2000– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

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.

Stars: Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, George Boswell, Clayton Halsey

Votes: 8,949

45. Who Do You Think You Are? (2010– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Celebrities are given the opportunity to research their family trees with surprising and often unexpected results.

Stars: Mocean Melvin, Ken Rogers, Courteney Cox, Julie Bowen

Votes: 1,143

46. Let's Make a Deal (1963–1977)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 ... See full summary »

Stars: Monty Hall, Jay Stewart, Carol Merrill, Wendell Niles

Votes: 346

47. Candid Camera (I) (1960–1967)

30 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

Unsuspecting people are placed in confusing, impossible, embarrassing, ridiculous, and hilarious positions, while their reactions are recorded on a hidden camera.

Stars: Allen Funt, Durward Kirby, Sid Ramin, Dorothy Collins

Votes: 326

48. Politically Incorrect (1993–2002)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Four guests from the worlds of politics and entertainment join host Bill Maher for a free-wheeling and humorous discussion of current events.

Stars: Bill Maher, Christine O'Donnell, Lisa Ann Walter, Michael McKean

Votes: 968

49. Meet the Press (1992–2013)

30 min | News, Talk-Show

A national current affairs interview program which brings together the nation's leaders and the press to discuss pressing news stories.

Stars: Paul Bongiorno, Hermione Kitson, Hugh Riminton, Kathryn Robinson

Votes: 31

50. The Arsenio Hall Show (1989–1994)

60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Arsenio Hall hosts this hip, late-night talk show.

Stars: Arsenio Hall, Burton Richardson, Michael Wolff, Sinbad

Votes: 656

51. The Dating Game (1965–1986)

TV-PG | 30 min | Game-Show, Romance