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The Best Daytime Talk Shows 

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Updated May 7, 2020 2.9k votes 560 voters 14.4k views 34 items

List Rules Vote up the best talk shows that are part of daytime TV programming.

When you have the day off work or school, there is nothing better than walking around the house in your pajamas while watching some good, old-fashioned daytime TV. No matter which channel you turn to, it seems like most of them have some kind of talk show airing. You can get the latest celebrity gossip or learn about current events around the globe. The choice is yours, and you certainly have no shortage of daytime talk shows to watch on television. 

Perhaps you're a fan of The View. The roundtable switches up from season to season, but you can be certain you will always find some opinionated ladies offering their insight into the news. One of the most popular daytime talk TV shows currently on the air is Dr. Phil. He is a legend in the industry, and he always has interesting people on his show to discuss everything from relationships to medicine. 

What do you think the best TV daytime talk show is? If you need help ranking this list, then just think about what you like to watch when you are stuck at home with the flu. You can make sure the best show ends up at the top of this list.

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Daytime Talk 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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The Oprah Winfrey Show ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
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 Wendy Williams Show ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Daytime Talk 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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The Phil Donahue Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
Phil Donahue, Sammy Davis Jr., Dolly Parton

Premiered: 1967

The Phil Donahue Show, also known as Donahue, is an American television talk show hosted by Phil Donahue that ran for 26 years on national television. Its run was preceded by three years of ...more
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Live with Kelly and Ryan... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Daytime Talk 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 Today Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Daytime Talk 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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The Dr. Oz Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
Mehmet Oz

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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Steve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
Steve Steve Harvey

Premiered: 2017

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Good Morning America is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Daytime Talk 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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The Real is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon
The Real is an American syndicated talk show. The series was developed as a talk show designed to appeal to younger female viewers who, like the co-hosts, were experiencing new events in their
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Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Daytime Talk 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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Rachael Ray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
Rachel Ray

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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Red Table Talk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Daytime Talk 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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The Talk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler | See full cast & crew ยป

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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Today With Kathie Lee an... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Daytime Talk 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) 16 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
Sergio Michel

Premiered: 2012

TMZ Live (Fox, 2012) is a live-chat program from TMZ that features Levin and fellow TMZ executive producer Charles Latibeaudiere.
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Strahan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
Strahan and Sara Michael Strahan, Sara Haines

Premiered: 2018

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Donahue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows

Premiered: 2002

In 2002, Phil Donahue returned to television to host a show called Donahue on MSNBC. Its debut Nielsen ratings were strong, but its audience evaporated over the following months. In late August ...more
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The View is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Daytime Talk 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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Maury is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Daytime Talk 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 Doctors is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
Dr. Travis Stork, Dr. Andrew Ordon

Premiered: 2008

The Doctors is an American syndicated talk show airing daily in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Sweden and Finland. It debuted on September 8, 2008. The hour-long daytime program ...more
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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
RuPaul

Premiered: 2019

RuPaul (Fox, 2019) is an American daytime talk show hosted by drag queen and television personality RuPaul. The show is a modern take on the talk show format, with host RuPaul focusing on ...more
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The Doctors is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Terry O'Quinn

Premiered: 1963

The Doctors is an American television soap opera which aired on NBC Daytime from April 1, 1963, to December 31, 1982. There were 5280 episodes produced, with the 5000th episode airing in ...more
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Live! with Kelly and Mic... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
Kathie Lee Gifford, Anne Abernathy

Premiered: 1983

Live with Kelly and Michael is an American syndicated morning talk show, hosted by Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. Executive-produced by Michael Gelman, the show has aired since 1983 locally on ...more
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Sexology with Shan Boodr... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Daytime Talk Shows
Shannon Boodram

Premiered: 2020

Sexology with Shan Boodram (Quibi, 2020) is a talk show program created by Corin Nelson. In this Daily Essential, how-to, Quibi series, Shan shows viewers how to navigate the realities sex, ...more