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The Best Current Daytime TV Shows 

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Updated April 9, 2020 3.7k votes 444 voters 17.5k views 34 items

As soap operas become less and less fashionable, those home for long afternoons may wonder what to watch on daytime TV now. While some soapy staples - like General Hospital and Days of Our lives - remain on the afternoon airwaves, what else is there to view if you find yourself home on a weekday? Browse this list to find your new daytime go-to!

The Chew - which replaced the defunct All My Children in 2011 - is great for foodies as its full of recipes and chef interviews. If you love legal drama, many popular daytime TV shows are  courtroom dramas that have dominated for decades like The People's Court, and Judge Judy. Daytime talk shows - like The Talk and The View - are still a favorite. If you're in need of these and other current shows to binge during long afternoons, peruse the daytime TV guide below! 

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
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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Judge Judy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Judy Sheindlin, Petri Hawkins-Byrd, Jerry Bishop

Premiered: 1996

Judge Judy is an American arbitration-based reality court show presided over by retired Manhattan Family Court Judge Judith Sheindlin. The show features Sheindlin adjudicating real-life small ...more
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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Drew Carey

Premiered: 1956

The Price Is Right is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. The show revolves around contestants competing to identify accurate pricing of merchandise to win ...more

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Let’s Make A Deal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Let’s Make A Deal Wayne Brady

Premiered: 2009

Let's Make a Deal (CBS, 2009) is a television game show created by Stefan Hatos and Monty Hall. Hosted by Wayne Brady, this reboot of the classic game show features costumed contestants who are ...more
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Red Table Talk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris
Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch, 2018) is an American web television talk show. In the spirit of Mother's Day, Jada Pinkett-Smith sits down with her mother Adrienne and daughter Willow to frankly ...more
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Good Morning America is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer

Premiered: 1975

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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Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Jay McGraw

Premiered: 2002

Dr. Phil is a talk show hosted by Phil McGraw. After McGraw's success with his segments on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil debuted on September 16, 2002. On both shows McGraw offers advice in ...more

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The View is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Lisa Ling, Meredith Vieira, Debbie Matenopoulos

Premiered: 1997

The View is an American talk show and entertainment/infotainment program that has aired on ABC since August 11, 1997, as part of its daytime programming block. The show's concept was conceived ...more

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The Today Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Ann Curry, Anita Colby

Premiered: 1952

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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Rachael Ray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows

Premiered: 2006

Rachael Ray, also known as The Rachael Ray Show, is an American talk show starring Rachael Ray that debuted in syndication in the United States and Canada on September 18, 2006 and also airs in ...more
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Live with Kelly and Ryan... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest
Live with Kelly and Ryan (ABC, 2017) is an American syndicated morning talk show, hosted by Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.
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The Wendy Williams Show ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Wendy Williams

Premiered: 2008

The Wendy Williams Show is an American syndicated talk show hosted by Wendy Williams. The show is produced by Debmar-Mercury, and airs internationally, and is re-broadcast on BET. It premiered ...more

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Today With Kathie Lee an... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb

Premiered: 2008

Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda (NBC, 2007) is the fourth-hour segment of Today, which has its own hosts, opening sequence, theme music, and website. Structured virtually as a standalone talk ...more
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TMZ Live is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Sergio Michel

Premiered: 2012

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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Eva Longoria, James Franco, Kelly Monaco

Premiered: 1963

General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama that is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the third longest-running ...more

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The People's Court is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Davy Jones, Ed Koch, Harvey Levin

Premiered: 1981

The People's Court is an American arbitration-based reality court show currently presided over by retired Florida State Circuit Court Judge Marilyn Milian. Milian, the show's longest-reigning ...more
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CBS This Morning is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
CBS This Morning

Premiered: 2012

CBS This Morning is an American morning television program that is broadcast on CBS. The program, which shares its title with a more traditionally formatted morning program that aired on the ...more

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Days of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Kristian Alfonso, Matthew Ashford, Mary Beth Evans

Premiered: 1965

Days of Our Lives (NBC, 1965) is an American daytime soap opera created by Ted and Betty Corday. A chronicle of the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the citizens of the fictional city of ...more

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The Dr. Oz Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows

Premiered: 2009

The Dr. Oz Show is an American syndicated television talk show, hosted by Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and teaching professor at Columbia University who became famous for his appearances ...more

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Judge Mathis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Greg Mathis

Premiered: 1999

Judge Mathis is a long-running syndicated arbitration-based reality court show presided over by retired Superior Court Judge of Michigan's 36th District Court, Greg Mathis. The syndicated series ...more
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TMZ on TV is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows

Premiered: 2007

TMZ on TV is an American syndicated entertainment and gossip news television show that premiered on September 10, 2007. The program is generally aired on Fox, CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates, ...more
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The Young and the Restle... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Eva Longoria, Shemar Moore, Tatyana Ali

Premiered: 1973

The Young and the Restless is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. The show is set in a fictional Wisconsin town called Genoa City, which is ...more

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Maury is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
Lawrence Leritz, Thea Vidale, Carey Torrice

Premiered: 1991

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 Talk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
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Premiered: 2010

The Talk is a talk show created by actress Sara Gilbert, who also serves as the executive producer. The show premiered on October 18, 2010, and airs on CBS as a part of CBS Daytime. Along with ...more

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The Bold and the Beautif... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Daytime TV Shows
John McCook, Katherine Kelly Lang, Matthew Atkinson

Premiered: 1987

The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS, 1987) is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. The saga of high fashion glamour, honor, romance, passion, and most ...more

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