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Longest Running TV Talk Shows

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List of the longest-running TV talk shows in US history. These TV chat series have more episodes than any others in American television. Some of the shows ran and have since gone off the air or been canceled, while others remain ongoing and are still being produced. Typically, these shows were collected into "seasons" of television, each with a pre-set amount of episodes. Sometimes, these seasons were broken up, in some cases with years or even decades between production of the series, while still being considered the run of a single TV show. (Spin-offs and other shows that were reinvented and debuted as new series are not considered.) This list contains all the longest-running talk shows in US broadcasting history.

The concept of a "talk show" can mean a lot of different things. It's most commonly associated in the US with the late-night variety show, particularly "The Tonight Show" or the "Late Show with David Letterman." However, the concept - sometimes also referred to as a "chat show" - also encompasses daytime TV talk like the offerings from Oprah Winfrey or Ellen DeGeneres, or even more news-oriented panel discussion formats like "The View" and "Larry King Live." Really, any show with hosts and rotating guests conversing can be considered a talk show, even extending the definition to the "tabloid talk show" made famous by Jerry Springer, or the radio-show-on-television format popularized by Howard Stern.

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    Larry King, Ryan Seacrest, Bill Maher 6120 Episodes.

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    Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King 25 Seasons. 4561 Episodes.

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    Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson 4531 Episodes.

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    Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Edd Hall 3775 Episodes.

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    Jerry Springer, Peter A Kelly, Steve Wilkos 18 Seasons. 3600 Episodes. Currently in production

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    David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter 3115 Episodes. Currently in production

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    Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard 2725 Episodes.

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    Lisa Ling, Meredith Vieira, Debbie Matenopoulos 11 Seasons. 2404 Episodes. Currently in production

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    Howard Stern, Robin Quivers, Billy West 2278 Episodes.

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    David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld 1819 Episodes.

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    Vince Vaughn, Claire Forlani, Jeff Dunham 1193 Episodes.

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    Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss, Anthony Okungbowa 1010 Episodes. Currently in production

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    Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins 2 Seasons. 509 Episodes. Currently in production

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