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The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s 

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Updated November 19, 2019 1.3k votes 206 voters 2.3k views 42 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite talk show that aired in the 2010s

These are the best 2010s talk shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes.  From talk shows that were actually as politically important as any cable news channel could ever hope to be, to late night comedies that upped their games to stay relevant in culture that is increasingly jumping ship from TV to the Internet, talk shows remained just as relevant throughout the 2010s even as social media began to take over.

What are some of the series that you will find on this best 2010s talk shows list? After many years on NBC, Conan O'Brien found a new home on TBS after he was bumped as The Tonight Show host, and recently he reformatted the entire show to fit modern tastes. All the while new powerhouse hosts emerged in The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Entertainment talk shows like Extra were also popular in the 2010s, while smaller cable shows like The Jim Jefferies Show and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee provided scathing and hilarious critiques on pop culture and politics alike.

The greatest minds in politics regularly stopped by Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor during the 2010s. A few other good series on this list include Inside the Actors Studio, The Chew and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Which 2010s talk show is the best? Let your voice be heard by voting your favorites up to the top of this list!

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Conan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Conan O'Brien, Ginnifer Goodwin, Andy Richter

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: TBS

Conan is a late-night talk show airing each Monday through Thursday on TBS in the United States. The hour-long show premiered on November 8, 2010, and is hosted by writer, comedian and performer ...more

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The Late Late Show with ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Episodes: 1000

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, CBS

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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Late Show with David Let... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 19

Network: CBS

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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The Tonight Show Starrin... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 1

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jimmy Fallon on NBC. The show premiered on February 17, 2014 and is produced by Broadway Video and Universal ...more

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss, Anthony Okungbowa

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 1672

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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Last Week Tonight with J... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
John Oliver, David Kaye, Noel MacNeal

Premiered: 2014

Network: HBO

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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My Next Guest Needs No I... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
David Letterman, Barack Obama, George Clooney
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The Late Late Show with ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
AndreXD added James Corden, Reggie Watts

Premiered: 2015

The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS, 2015) is an American late-night talk show hosted by James Corden. The fourth iteration of The Late Late Show, the talk show features popular segments, ...more

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Between Two Ferns with Z... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Zach Galifianakis
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis is an Emmy-award winning Internet comedy series that appears on the video website Funny or Die.
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Lights Out With David Sp... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
David Spade

Premiered: 2019

Network: Comedy Central

Lights Out With David Spade (Comedy Central, 2019) is an American satire news television series. Comedian David Spade offers his take on pop culture and current events through the eyes of social ...more
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Norm Macdonald Has a Sho... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Norm MacDonald, Adam Eget, Michael Keaton

Premiered: 2018

Network: Netflix

Norm Macdonald Has a Show (Netflix, 2018) is an American television talk show based on Norm Macdonald's podcast. Host Norm Macdonald and his sidekick Adam Eget sit down and chat with celebrity ...more
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The Joel McHale Show wit... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Joel McHale
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (Netflix, 2018) is an American web television talk show hosted by Joel McHale. An unscripted show that takes an absurdist look at today's pop culture from ...more
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A Little Help with Carol... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Carol Burnett, Russell Peters, Lisa Kudrow
A Little Help with Carol Burnett (Netflix, 2018) is an American web television series hosted by Carol Burnett. A panel of children offer unscripted advice to celebrities and average people about ...more
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Jimmy Kimmel Live! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 11

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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Comedians in Cars Gettin... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Jerry Seinfeld
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Inside the Actors Studio... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
James Lipton

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 19

Number of Episodes: 233

Network: Bravo

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 Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj

Premiered: 1996

Network: Comedy Central

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The Jim Jefferies Show ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Jim Jefferies
The Jim Jefferies Show (Comedy Central, 2017) is an American late-night talk show hosted by Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, covering politics, pop culture, and anything that bothers him.
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Real Time with Bill Mahe... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Sullivan

Premiered: 2003

Number of Episodes: 138

Network: HBO

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Good Morning America is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer

Premiered: 1975

Number of Seasons: 35

Network: ABC News, American Broadcasting Company

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The Jonathan Ross Show ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Jonathan Ross

Number of Episodes: 55

Network: ITV

The Jonathan Ross Show is a British chat show presented by Jonathan Ross. It was first broadcast on ITV on 3 September 2011 and airs on Saturday evenings following the conclusion of Ross' BBC ...more
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Comedy Bang! Bang! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Scott Aukerman, Reggie Watts, Scott Mescudi

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: IFC

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Full Frontal with Samant... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
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The Eric Andre Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Hannibal Buress, Tom Kane, Gary Anthony Williams

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 2

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The Today Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 2010s
Ann Curry, Anita Colby

Premiered: 1952

Number of Seasons: 61

Number of Episodes: 15785

Network: NBC

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