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Longest Running TV Talk Shows

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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    1985 More
    6120 Episodes.
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    1986 More
    25 Seasons. 4561 Episodes.
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    1962 More
    4531 Episodes.
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    1992 More
    3775 Episodes.
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    2011 More
    18 Seasons. 3600 Episodes. Currently in production
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    2011 More
    3115 Episodes. Currently in production
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    1993 More
    2725 Episodes.
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    1997 More
    11 Seasons. 2404 Episodes. Currently in production
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    The Howard Stern Show

    1990 More
    2278 Episodes.
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    1982 More
    1819 Episodes.
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    The Rosie O'Donnell Show

    1996 More
    1193 Episodes.
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    2003 More
    1010 Episodes. Currently in production
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    2009 More
    2 Seasons. 509 Episodes. Currently in production

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