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The Best Talk Shows of the '90s 

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Updated October 4, 2019 1.5k votes 210 voters 7.6k views 30 items

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The best 90s talk shows came in all shapes and sizes and played in vastly different arenas of subject matter. Here they are, ranked from best to worst by fan votes. Some of these top 90s talk shows were late-night sensations, while others gave everyone that was home during the day something to watch. 

What are some the series TV fans can expect to find on this best 1990s talk shows list? Though The Oprah Winfrey Show debuted in 1986, Winfrey truly became the queen of talk in the 1990s. The show received 47 Emmy Awards and helped to make history, when future talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, came out as a lesbian during a 1997 appearance. The View was another popular talk show that aired in the '90s. The Daily Show premiered with its original host, Craig Kilborn in 1996, but the show really hit its stride when Jon Stewart took over in 1999. Some other great series that are featured on this list include Entertainment Tonight, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and The O'Reilly Factor.

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The Tonight Show Starrin... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

Premiered: 1962

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 Conan O'... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard

Premiered: 1993

Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, ...more

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Late Show with David Let... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter

Premiered: 2011

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The Arsenio Hall Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Bill Murray, Arsenio Hall, Burton Richardson

Premiered: 1989

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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20/20 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir, Barbara Walters

Premiered: 1978

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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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj

Premiered: 1996

The Daily Show (Comedy Central, 1999) is an American late-night talk and news satire television program. Described as a fake news program, the show draws its comedy and satire from recent news ...more

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The Jenny Jones Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Jenny Jones

Premiered: 1991

The Jenny Jones Show was an American syndicated daytime tabloid talk show that was hosted by comedian/actress/singer Jenny Jones. It was produced by Quincy Jones-David Salzman Entertainment and ...more
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Inside the Actors Studio... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
James Lipton

Premiered: 1994

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Ricki Lake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Ricki Lake

Premiered: 1993

Ricki Lake is a daytime tabloid talk show hosted by American actress Ricki Lake. The series debuted in syndication on September 13, 1993 and ended first-run episodes on May 21, 2004, though the ...more
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Maury is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Lawrence Leritz, Thea Vidale, Carey Torrice

Premiered: 1991

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The Jerry Springer Show ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Jerry Springer, Peter A Kelly, Steve Wilkos

Premiered: 2011

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The Tonight Show with Ja... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Edd Hall

Premiered: 1992

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Talk Soup is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Donna D'Errico, Greg Kinnear, Hal Sparks

Premiered: 1991

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The Larry Sanders Show ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham

Premiered: 1992

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The Oprah Winfrey Show ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King

Premiered: 1986

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Entertainment Tonight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Katy Perry, Olivia Wilde, Paris Hilton

Premiered: 1981

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Good Morning America is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer

Premiered: 1975

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Face the Nation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Howard K. Smith, Lesley Stahl, Martin Agronsky

Premiered: 1954

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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The Today Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Ann Curry, Anita Colby

Premiered: 1952

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The O'Reilly Factor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingraham, Juan Williams

Premiered: 1996

The O'Reilly Factor, originally titled The O'Reilly Report from 1996 to 1998 and often called The Factor, is an American television talk show on the Fox News Channel hosted by political ...more
21
Fox & Friends is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Maria Molina

Premiered: 1998

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Extra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Beth Ostrosky Stern, Lisa Guerrero, Mark McGrath

Premiered: 1994

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Charlie Rose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Charlie Rose

Premiered: 1991

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Meet the Press is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
David Gregory

Premiered: 1947

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The Late Late Show with ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Craig Kilborn, Kip Madsen, Jay Phillips

Premiered: 1999

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn is a comedy TV program.