TV The Best Talk Shows of the '80s  

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These are the very best 1980s talk shows, ranked from best to worst by TV fans all over the world. From top 1980s talk shows that revolutionized late-night television, to shows that found daytime audiences, and even primetime audiences. No matter what time slot they occupied, the greatest 80s talk shows delivered information that the public was hungry for.

What are some shows one can expect to find on this 1980s talk shows list? In 1982, Late Night with David Letterman debuted on NBC, with his first guest being Bill Murray. The Caddyshack star sat down with Letterman many times over the years and even appeared on his final episode of The Late Show, which aired on CBS, in 2015. The Oprah Winfrey Show is another popular talk show that premiered in the decade.

Metalheads got a chance to see interviews with their favorite musicians on MTV's '80s talk show, Headbangers Ball. Other great series that are featured on this top 1980s talk shows list include Nightline, The 700 Club, and Good Morning America.

So, Which '80s talk show is the best? Be sure to vote up your favorites and get in on the conversation in the comments section!
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The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-80s - 90s Kids The Greatest Animated Disney Villains

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Late Night with David Letterma... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Late Night with David Letterman David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld

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American Bandstand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
American Bandstand Dick Clark

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The Merv Griffin Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s

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The Oprah Winfrey Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
The Oprah Winfrey Show Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King

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Good Morning America is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Good Morning America Lara Spencer, Ginger Zee, Bianna Golodryga

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The Mike Douglas Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
The Mike Douglas Show Shirley Temple, Mike Douglas

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5 4
Nightline is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Nightline Martin Bashir, Ted Koppel, Charles Gibson

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9 9
SportsCenter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
SportsCenter Neil Everett, Jalen Rose, Jenn Brown

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The Today Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
The Today Show Ann Curry, Anita Colby

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20/20 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
20/20 Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir, Barbara Walters

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7 7
Live! with Kelly and Michael is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Live! with Kelly and Michael Kathie Lee Gifford, Anne Abernathy

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The Arsenio Hall Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
The Arsenio Hall Show Bill Murray, Arsenio Hall, Burton Richardson

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Entertainment Tonight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Entertainment Tonight Katy Perry, Olivia Wilde, Paris Hilton

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5 5
This Week is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
This Week David Brinkley, Sam Donaldson

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3 5
Meet the Press is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Meet the Press David Gregory

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Headbangers Ball is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Headbangers Ball Adam Curry

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7 11
The 700 Club is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
The 700 Club Susan Howard Chrane, Lee Webb

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Face the Nation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Face the Nation Howard K. Smith, Lesley Stahl, Martin Agronsky

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Question Time is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Question Time Carol Vorderman, Jeremy Clarkson