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The Best Talk Shows of the '90s  

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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.

So, in your opinion, what is the best 90s talk show? Vote up your favorites!
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The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
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 Show with David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter
Late Show is an American late-night television talk and variety show on CBS. Late Show with David Letterman first aired in August 1993 with host David Letterman, who previously hosted Late Night ...more
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Late Night with Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard
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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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
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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The Jenny Jones Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Jenny Jones
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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20/20 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
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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Maury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Lawrence Leritz, Thea Vidale, Carey Torrice
Maury is a syndicated American tabloid talk show hosted by Maury Povich. When the series first aired in 1991, the show was called The Maury Povich Show and was produced by MoPo Productions in ...more
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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj
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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Inside the Actors Studio is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
James Lipton
Inside the Actors Studio is an American television show on the Bravo cable television channel, hosted by James Lipton. It is produced and directed by Jeff Wurtz; the executive producer is James ...more
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The Larry Sanders Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham
The Larry Sanders Show is an American television sitcom set in the office and studio of a fictional late-night talk show. The show was created by Garry Shandling and Dennis Klein and aired from ...more
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Ricki Lake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Ricki Lake
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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Talk Soup is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Donna D'Errico, Greg Kinnear, Hal Sparks
Talk Soup was a television show produced for cable network E! that debuted on January 7, 1991, and aired until August 2002. Talk Soup aired selected clips of the previous day's daily talk ...more
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Edd Hall
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that initially aired from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010 until its ...more
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The Jerry Springer Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Jerry Springer, Peter A Kelly, Steve Wilkos
The Jerry Springer Show, also known as Jerry Springer, or just Springer, is an American syndicated tabloid talk show hosted by Jerry Springer, a former politician. It is recorded at the Stamford ...more
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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
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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Good Morning America is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
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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Entertainment Tonight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
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 Magic Hour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
The Magic Hour Magic Johnson, Sheila E., Tommy Davidson
The Magic Hour is an American talk show hosted by basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson. The series aired in syndication from June to September 1998.
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The Chevy Chase Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Chevy Chase
The Chevy Chase Show was an American late night talk show hosted by actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live alumnus Chevy Chase that aired in 1993 on Fox. The series was canceled after just five ...more
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The Late Late Show with Tom Sn... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Tom Snyder, Kate Mulgrew, David Letterman
The Late Late Show is an American late-night television talk and variety show on CBS. It first aired in January 1995, with host Tom Snyder, followed by Craig Kilborn, Craig Ferguson and James ...more
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Face the Nation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
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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The Today Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
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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The O'Reilly Factor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingraham, Juan Williams
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
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Meet the Press is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
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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Fox & Friends is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the '90s
Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Maria Molina
Fox & Friends is a Conservative American early-morning opinion talk show that begins at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time with the latest Fox News Live headlines and news of the morning. It continues ...more