30 Best talk shows of all time

by ruffcoaley | created - 25 Dec 2013 | updated - 25 Dec 2013 | Public

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1. Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993–2009)

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

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, Max Weinberg

Votes: 15,558

2. 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: 2,641

3. Late Show with David Letterman (1993–2015)

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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.

Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter, Biff Henderson

Votes: 11,612

4. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992–2014)

TV-14 | 62 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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, John Melendez

Votes: 9,424

5. The Oprah Winfrey Show (1984–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Talk-Show

Oprah Winfrey hosts a live audience talk-show with celebrity guests and discusses daily stories.

Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King, Chris Rock

Votes: 4,250

6. SportsCenter (1979– )

60 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

Daily sports news, results, and features.

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

Votes: 2,024

7. Howard Stern (1994–2005)

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

Raunchy interviews, sketches, and social commentary from the king of shock radio.

Stars: Howard Stern, Robin Quivers, Matt Sager, John Melendez

Votes: 853

8. 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

9. Jenny Jones (1991–2003)

60 min | Drama, Talk-Show

This is just another daytime talk show, comparable to other hosts' shows, with sensational topics, invited guests, and audience participation.

Stars: Jenny Jones, Crystal Storm, Valerie Mikita, Joel Plue

Votes: 300

10. 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

11. Good Morning America (1975– )

TV-G | 120 min | News, Talk-Show

ABC's "Good Morning America" presents the News and Information Source of the day's topics and journalism. The 1st Co-Host Team of David Hartman & Nancy Dussault, 2nd was Sandy Hill, 3rd was ... See full summary »

Stars: Lara Spencer, Ginger Zee, Amy Robach, Robin Roberts

Votes: 1,066

12. Donahue (1967–1995)

60 min | Talk-Show

The precursor to all the daytime talk shows that arose during the 1980's and 90's. Phil Donahue's show started off similar to other shows of its day, featuring celebrities and musical acts,... See full summary »

Stars: Phil Donahue, Sammy Davis Jr., Dolly Parton, Debby Boone

Votes: 236

13. Jerry Springer (1991– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Talk-Show

Among his peers' other talk-shows, Jerry's is of the more passionate and of the more sensational. His topics range from bisexual affairs to rape. His guests sometimes get out of control and... See full summary »

Stars: Jerry Springer, Peter A Kelly, Steve Wilkos, Chuck Conners

Votes: 3,649

14. Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003– )

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

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

Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss, Anthony Okungbowa, Kym Douglas

Votes: 12,811

15. Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003– )

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

Jimmy Kimmel interviews celebrities.

Stars: Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto and the Cletones, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett

Votes: 11,473

16. 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: 40,534

17. Real Time with Bill Maher (2003– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher discusses topical events with guests from various backgrounds.

Stars: Bill Maher, Andrew Sullivan, Arianna Huffington, Michael Moore

Votes: 10,866

18. The Montel Williams Show (1991– )

Drama, Talk-Show

A daily, one hour talk show hosted by Daytime Emmy Award-winner Montel Williams, a highly decorated naval officer, actor and motivational speaker.

Stars: Montel Williams, Sylvia Browne, Maria Setaro, Jason Hair-Wynn

Votes: 315

19. 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: 655

20. The Best Damn Sports Show Period (2001– )

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

The Best Damn Sports Show Period was an American sports television show that aired on Fox Sports Net. The show regularly featured irreverent and opinionated interviews with top athletes, ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Kahn, Chris Rose, Tom Arnold, Jillian Difusco

Votes: 166

21. Dr. Phil (2002– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Talk-Show

Talk show in which Dr. Phil McGraw invites guests to confront their problems.

Stars: Phil McGraw, Robin McGraw, T.D. Jakes, Travis Stork

Votes: 2,602

22. The Wanda Sykes Show (2009– )

60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

A new weekly late-night series, The Wanda Sykes Show will feature Sykes' personal take on the events of the week punctuated by field pieces and produced comedy segments. Everything from ... See full summary »

Stars: Brant Kaiwi, Wanda Sykes, Keith Robinson, Shelley Dowdy

Votes: 181

24. Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show (2008– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Talk-Show

Talk show where Wendy Williams chats about celebrity gossip and what's new in the entertainment world.

Stars: Wendy Williams, Jason Rooney, Brian Balthazar, Melissa Garcia

Votes: 1,042

25. The Doctors (2008– )

60 min | Talk-Show

A team of medical professionals discuss a range of various health-related topics and answer questions from viewers who are too embarrassed to ask their own doctors.

Stars: Travis Stork, Andrew Ordon, Jim Sears, Rachael Ross

Votes: 736

26. The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987–1998)

60 min | Talk-Show

Geraldo interviews various guests who wish to reveal a secret to a loved one on Television. Mistress Tara counsels and gives her spin on things.

Stars: Geraldo Rivera, Tina Malave, Diandra Newlin, Jeanne Cooper

Votes: 141

28. Ricki Lake (1992–2004)

60 min | Talk-Show

Yet another daytime television talk show, specializing in sensationalistic topics, with invited guests and a studio audience.

Stars: Ricki Lake, James Easter Bradford, Moniere, Michelle R. Callahan

Votes: 523

29. Rachael Ray (2006– )

TV-G | 60 min | Talk-Show

Rachael Ray offers simple solutions to everyday issues.

Stars: Rachael Ray, Mike Goral, Gretta Monahan, Ian Smith

Votes: 832

30. The Tyra Banks Show (2005–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Talk-Show

Tyra talks to the biggest celebrities about everyday things.

Stars: Tyra Banks, Carolyn London, Toccara Jones, Andrew Trees

Votes: 1,277



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