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The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time 

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What are the best late night talk shows you always stay up to watch? This list compiles the names of the greatest late night talk shows in the history of television. Everyone knows that each host is different for every franchise; take the Tonight Show franchise, for instance. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is a very different show from The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Additionally, we all know that each show by the same host is different too; The Jon Stewart Show on MTV is vastly different from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central (owned by MTV), not to mention The Daily Show with Trevor Noah or even with Craig Kilborn.


Screw soap operas -- "late night talk" is the most drama-filled genre in all of television. Read a book by Bill Carter to hear the secrets behind the greatest late night talk shows (and the worst) ever aired. Even with a rich history that dates back to Steve Allen, there is always breaking news on the late night talk show front. Conan births Pete Holmes, Fallon usurps Leno, and Seth Meyers usurps Fallon. But will Kimmel usurp Letterman? And if you love these shows, check out the current late-night lineup.

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The Dennis Miller Show ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
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NBC
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Lights Out With David Sp... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2019

Actors: David Spade

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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Politically Incorrect is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
1993

Actors: Bill Maher, Al Franken, Arianna Huffington, Barbara Olson

Number of Seasons: 8

Network: Comedy Central, American Broadcasting Company

Politically Incorrect is an American late-night, half-hour political talk show hosted by Bill Maher that ran from 1993 to 2002. It premiered on Comedy Central in 1993, moved to ABC in January ...more
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The Jonathan Ross Show ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

Actors: 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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The Eric Andre Show is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2012

Actors: Hannibal Buress, Tom Kane, Gary Anthony Williams, Eric André, Jermaine Fowler

Number of Seasons: 2

The Eric Andre Show (Adult Swim, 2012) is an American surreal comedy television series created by Eric Andre. Hosted by Eric Andre with Hannibal Buress, the late night talk show features ...more
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Insomniac with Dave Atte... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2001

Actors: Dave Attell

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 45

Network: Comedy Central

Insomniac with Dave Attell is a television show on Comedy Central hosted by comedian Dave Attell which ran from August 5, 2001 until November 11, 2004.
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Full Frontal with Samant... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Actors: Samantha Bee

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2016) is an American news comedy program that airs on Mondays on TBS.
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Chelsea Lately is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2007

Actors: Chelsea Handler, Chuy Bravo, Mike Rock

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: E!

Chelsea Lately is an American late night comedy talk show hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler which was broadcast on E!. The show debuted on July 16, 2007, and was produced by Handler's ...more
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Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2007

Actors: Julie Banderas, Patti Ann Browne, Greg Gutfeld

Number of Episodes: 523

Network: Fox News Channel

Red Eye is an American late-night/early-morning satirical talk show on the Fox News Channel, airing at 3:00 am ET Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 pm Saturday, and 2:00 am Sunday. The show ...more
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The Chevy Chase Show is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
1993

Actors: Chevy Chase

Number of Episodes: 25

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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 ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
1999

Actors: Craig Kilborn, Kip Madsen, Jay Phillips

Network: CBS

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn is a comedy TV program.
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Later with Bob Costas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
looksharp added 1988

Actors: Bill Murray, Greg Kinnear, Bob Costas

Network: NBC

Later was a nightly half-hour-long talk show that ran on NBC from 1988 until 2001. Later typically aired for half an hour at 1:30 a.m. following Late Night with David Letterman from 1988 to ...more
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A Little Late with Lilly... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2019

Actors: Lilly Singh

Network: NBC

A Little Late with Lilly Singh (NBC, 2019) is an American late-night talk show that will replace Last Call with Carson Daly. Singh is the first woman among the current generation of late-night ...more
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Danny's House is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2019

Actors: Danny Brown

Network: Viceland

Danny's House (Viceland, 2019) is an American talk show television series. Hosted by Danny Brown, who invites celebrity friends and unconventional neighbors into his basement for the ultimate ...more
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Good Talk with Anthony J... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2019

Actors: Anthony Jeselnik

Network: Comedy Central

Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik (Comedy Central, 2019) is an American comedy and interview television series. Comedian Anthony Jeselnik interviews fellow comedians about their careers, ...more
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Brand X with Russell Bra... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2012

Actors: Russell Brand, Matt Stoller, Steve Jones

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: FX

Brand X with Russell Brand was an American late-night talk show, stand up comedy television series that premiered on FX on June 28, 2012, starring English comedian Russell Brand and created by ...more
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Last Call with Carson Da... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Last Call with Carson Daly 2002

Actors: Carson Daly, Kip Madsen, Zane Carney

Number of Seasons: 10

Network: NBC

Last Call with Carson Daly is an American late night television program hosted by Carson Daly and broadcast on NBC. Formerly a traditional talk show, the half-hour program consists of several ...more
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Lopez Tonight is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2009

Actors: George Lopez

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 286

Network: TBS

Lopez Tonight is an American late-night television talk show that was hosted by comedian George Lopez. The hour-long program premiered on November 9, 2009, on cable network TBS. Lopez was the ...more
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Kathy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2012

Actors: Kathy Griffin

Network: Bravo

Kathy is an American late-night talk show hosted by Kathy Griffin. The show debuted on April 19, 2012 at 10:00 p.m. on Bravo and aired every Thursday. The show was renewed for a second and final ...more
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The Pete Holmes Show is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Pete Holmes Show
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Later With Greg Kinnear ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
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Alan Carr: Chatty Man is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2009

Actors: Alan Carr

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: Channel 4

Alan Carr: Chatty Man is a BAFTA award-winning British comedy chat show presented by comedian Alan Carr. The show features interviews with celebrity guests, sketches, topical chat and music. The ...more
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Thicke of the Night is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
1983

Actors: Alan Thicke

Number of Seasons: 1

Thicke of the Night was an American late night talk show starring Alan Thicke produced by MGM Television, distributed in syndication by Metromedia and broadcast in first-run syndication during ...more
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Watch What Happens: Live... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2009

Actors: Andy Cohen

Network: Bravo

Watch What Happens: Live is an American pop culture-based late-night talk show hosted by Andy Cohen that premiered on July 16, 2009. It features Bravo's own reality programming and celebrities ...more
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Talkshow with Spike Fere... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
2006

Actors: Spike Feresten

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Talkshow with Spike Feresten was an American late-night talk show television program on Fox starring Spike Feresten that aired from September 16, 2006 to May 16, 2009. It was the longest-running ...more