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The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s 

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Updated October 4, 2019 1.9k votes 326 voters 7.5k views 30 items

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Talk shows have been a television staple for decades, and these are the best 2000s talk shows, ranked by fans. Some of these talk shows aired in late-night, while others are daytime mainstays. A few of the best talk shows of the 2000s even went on to break the mold and become true cultural phenomenons.

What series will you find on this best 2000s talk shows list? The 2000s saw the rise of the Jimmys, Jimmy Fallon with Late Night and Jimmy Kimmel with Live!. Both men brought their own unique vision to the talk show landscape and they are now considered two of the best hosts in the business. Dr. Phil is another good talk show that aired in the 2000s.

Dancing became fun again when The Ellen DeGeneres Show premiered in 2003. Other great series featured on this top 00's talk show list include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and The O'Reilly Factor.

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Late Night with Conan O'... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
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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The Tonight Show with Co... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jerry Vivino

Premiered: 2009

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show that featured Conan O'Brien as host from June 1, 2009 to January 22, 2010 as part of NBC's long-running Tonight Show ...more

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Late Show with David Let... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter

Premiered: 2011

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Jimmy Kimmel Live! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett

Premiered: 2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live! is an American late-night talk show, created and hosted by James "Jimmy" Kimmel, and transmitted on ABC. The nightly hour-long show made its debut on January 26, ...more

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The Late Late Show with ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson

Premiered: 2005

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is an American late-night talk show hosted by Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson, who was the third regular host of the Late Late Show franchise. It ...more

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss, Anthony Okungbowa

Premiered: 2003

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by comedian/actress Ellen DeGeneres. Debuting on September 8, 2003, it is produced by Telepictures and airs in syndication, ...more

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Late Night with Jimmy Fa... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

Premiered: 2009

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The Graham Norton Show ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s

Premiered: 2007

The Graham Norton Show is a British comedy chat show broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom. It was shown on BBC Two from February 2007 to May 2009 and has been on BBC One since October ...more
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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
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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Inside the Actors Studio... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
James Lipton

Premiered: 1994

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The Tonight Show with Ja... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Edd Hall

Premiered: 1992

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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Frontline is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Will Lyman, Arun Rath, Sarah Childress

Premiered: 1983

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Last Week Tonight with J... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
AshishAggarwal added John Oliver, David Kaye, Noel MacNeal

Premiered: 2014

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO, 2014) is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by comedian John Oliver. The half-hour-long show takes a satirical look at ...more

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The Tyra Banks Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Tyra Banks, Carolyn London, Toccara Jones

Premiered: 2005

The Tyra Banks Show, also known as and shortened to Tyra or The Tyra Show, is an American talk show hosted by Tyra Banks. While Banks's show covered a variety of topics, there was a ...more
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The Oprah Winfrey Show ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King

Premiered: 1986

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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The Today Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Ann Curry, Anita Colby

Premiered: 1952

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Entertainment Tonight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Katy Perry, Olivia Wilde, Paris Hilton

Premiered: 1981

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Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Jay McGraw

Premiered: 2002

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Maury is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Lawrence Leritz, Thea Vidale, Carey Torrice

Premiered: 1991

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The O'Reilly Factor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingraham, Juan Williams

Premiered: 1996

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Good Morning America is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer

Premiered: 1975

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Charlie Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Charlie Rose

Premiered: 1991

Charlie Rose is an American television interview show, with Charlie Rose as executive producer, executive editor, and host. The show is syndicated on PBS and is owned by Charlie Rose, Inc. Rose ...more
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Soap Talk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Soap Talk Ty Treadway

Premiered: 2002

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Face the Nation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s
Howard K. Smith, Lesley Stahl, Martin Agronsky

Premiered: 1954

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The Doctors is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2000s

Premiered: 2008

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