Talk Shows 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
Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992. It originally aired during late-night. ...more

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Late Night with David Letterma... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld Late Night with David Letterman is a nightly hour-long comedy talk show on NBC that was created and hosted by David Letterman. It premiered in 1982 as the first incarnation of the Late Night ...more

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American Bandstand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Dick Clark American Bandstand is an American music-performance show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989 and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as ...more

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20/20 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir, Barbara Walters 20/20 is an American television newsmagazine that has been broadcast on ABC since June 6, 1978. Created by ABC News executive Roone Arledge, the show was designed similarly to CBS's 60 Minutes ...more

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Nightline is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Martin Bashir, Ted Koppel, Charles Gibson Nightline is a late-night news program that is broadcast by ABC in the United States, and has a franchised formula to other networks and stations elsewhere in the world. Created by Roone ...more

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The Oprah Winfrey Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King The Oprah Winfrey Show, often referred to simply as Oprah, is an American syndicated talk show that aired nationally for 25 seasons from 1986 to 2011. Produced and hosted by its namesake, Oprah ...more

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Headbangers Ball is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Adam Curry Headbangers Ball was a music television program consisting of heavy metal music videos airing on MTV, MTV2, MTV Australia, MTV Rocks, MTV Adria, MTV Brand New, MTV Portugal, MTV Finland, MTV ...more

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Good Morning America is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer Good Morning America (ABC, 1975) is an American morning television show currently presented by Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer, Michael Strahan, Amy Robach, and Ginger Zee. ...more

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The Today Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Ann Curry, Anita Colby Today is an American news and talk morning television show that airs on NBC. The program debuted on January 14, 1952. It was the first of its genre on American television and in the world, and ...more

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SportsCenter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Neil Everett, Jalen Rose, Jenn Brown SportsCenter is a daily sports news television program and the flagship program of American cable and satellite television network ESPN since the network's launch on September 7, 1979. ...more

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Entertainment Tonight is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Katy Perry, Olivia Wilde, Paris Hilton Entertainment Tonight, is a daily tabloid entertainment television news show that is syndicated by CBS Television Distribution throughout the United States, in Canada on Global, and in many ...more

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The Mike Douglas Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Shirley Temple, Mike Douglas The Mike Douglas Show is an American daytime television talk show hosted by Mike Douglas that aired only in the Cleveland, Ohio area during much of its first two years on the air. It went into ...more

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The Merv Griffin Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
nm0871546 The Merv Griffin Show was an American television talk show, starring Merv Griffin. The series ran from October 1, 1962 to March 29, 1963 on NBC, May 1965 to August 15, 1969 in first-run ...more

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Meet the Press is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
David Gregory Meet the Press is a weekly American television news/interview program that is broadcast on NBC. It is the longest-running program in American television history, though its current format bears ...more

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The Phil Donahue Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Phil Donahue, Sammy Davis Jr., Dolly Parton The Phil Donahue Show, also known as Donahue, is an American television talk show hosted by Phil Donahue that ran for 26 years on national television. Its run was preceded by three years of ...more

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Geraldo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Geraldo Rivera Geraldo is an American daytime television talk show hosted by Geraldo Rivera that aired in syndication from September 7, 1987, to June 12, 1998, with the last two seasons airing under the title ...more

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Larry King Live is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Larry King, Ryan Seacrest, Bill Maher Larry King Live is an American talk show that was hosted by Larry King on CNN from 1985 to 2010. It was CNN's most watched and longest-running program, with over one million viewers nightly. ...more

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The Wilton North Report is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
The Wilton North Report The Wilton North Report is a late-night combined newsmagazine, talk show, and variety show that aired on Fox in December 1987 and January 1988. It was Fox's second attempt at a regular ...more

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The Arsenio Hall Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Bill Murray, Arsenio Hall, Burton Richardson The Arsenio Hall Show is an American late-night talk show created and hosted by Arsenio Hall. There are two separate programs that have been titled The Arsenio Hall Show, both airing in ...more

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Face the Nation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Howard K. Smith, Lesley Stahl, Martin Agronsky Face the Nation is an American Sunday morning political interview show that is broadcast on the CBS television network. Created by Frank Stanton in 1954, it is one of the longest-running news ...more

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Live! with Kelly and Michael is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Kathie Lee Gifford, Anne Abernathy Live with Kelly and Michael is an American syndicated morning talk show, hosted by Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. Executive-produced by Michael Gelman, the show has aired since 1983 locally on ...more

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This Week is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
David Brinkley, Sam Donaldson This Week is an American Sunday morning political affairs program airing on the ABC television network. The program is currently hosted by George Stephanopoulos, who also serves as Chief Anchor ...more

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The 700 Club is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Susan Howard Chrane, Lee Webb The 700 Club is the flagship television program of the Christian Broadcasting Network, airing in syndication throughout the United States and available worldwide on CBN.com. Airing each weekday, ...more

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Question Time is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '80s
Carol Vorderman, Jeremy Clarkson Question Time is a topical debate BBC television programme in the United Kingdom, based on Any Questions? The show typically features politicians from at least the three major political parties ...more