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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?

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The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992. It originally aired during late-night. ...more

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Late Night with David Letterma... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Late Night with David Letterman 1982 Late Night with David Letterman is a nightly hour-long comedy talk show on NBC that was created and hosted by David Letterman. It premiered in 1982 as the first incarnation of the Late Night ...more

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Late Night with Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 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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Late Show with David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 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 Late Late Show with Craig ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 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 Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Colbert Report 2005 The Colbert Report is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by Stephen Colbert that aired on Comedy Central from October 17, 2005 to December 18, 2014 for 1,447 ...more

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The Late Show with Stephen Col... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS, 2015) is an American late-night talk show hosted by Stephen Colbert.

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Last Week Tonight with John Ol... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 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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Conan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Conan 2010 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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Jimmy Kimmel Live! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 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 Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Daily Show 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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The Tonight Show with Conan O'... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 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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The Graham Norton Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Graham Norton Show 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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Late Night with Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Late Night With Seth Meyers 2014 Late Night with Seth Meyers is an American late-night talk show that airs at 12:37 am Eastern/11:37 pm Central on NBC in the United States, Monday through Thursday. The hour-long show premiered ...more

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The Late Late Show with James ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Late Late Show with James Corden 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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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 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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Real Time with Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Real Time with Bill Maher 2003 It's shaping up to be an interesting last few months of 2007. The price of gas keeps spiraling to record highs, while the approval ratings for the man in charge keep plummeting to record lows. ...more

The Best Current Late Night Shows

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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 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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The Jon Stewart Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Jon Stewart Show 1993 The Jon Stewart Show is a late night talk show hosted by comedian Jon Stewart. The program premiered on MTV in 1993 as a thirty-minute daily program. At the end of its first season, MTV's ...more

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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show that aired weeknights at 12:35 am Eastern/11:35 pm Central on NBC in the United States. The hour-long show, which premiered on ...more

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Politically Incorrect is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Politically Incorrect 1993 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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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2016) is an American news comedy program that airs on Mondays on TBS.

The Best Talk Shows of the '90s

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The Arsenio Hall Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 The Arsenio Hall Show is an American late-night talk show created and hosted by Arsenio Hall. There are two separate programs that have been titled The Arsenio Hall Show, both airing in ...more

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Tom Snyder On CNBC is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
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Insomniac with Dave Attell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Insomniac with Dave Attell 2001 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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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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Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
looksharp added Dennis Miller 2004 CNBC Dennis Miller was the third tv talk show series hosted by comedian Dennis Miller. This series was on for 2 seasons from 2004 to 2005 on CNBC.

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The Eric Andre Show is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Eric Andre Show 2012 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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The Chevy Chase Show is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Chevy Chase Show 1993 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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Chelsea Lately is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Chelsea Lately 2007 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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The Late Late Show with Craig ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 1999 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn is a comedy TV program.

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Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld 2007 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 Pete Holmes Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Pete Holmes Show

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The Jonathan Ross Show is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Jonathan Ross Show 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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Later with Bob Costas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
looksharp added Later with Bob Costas 1988 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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Brand X with Russell Brand is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Brand X with Russell Brand 2012 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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Kathy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Kathy 2012 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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Last Call with Carson Daly is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Last Call with Carson Daly 2002 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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Later With Greg Kinnear is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
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Lopez Tonight is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Lopez Tonight 2009 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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Thicke of the Night is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Thicke of the Night 1983 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) 42 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Watch What Happens: Live 2009 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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The Kilborn File is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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Alan Carr: Chatty Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Alan Carr: Chatty Man 2009 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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Talkshow with Spike Feresten is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Talkshow with Spike Feresten 2006 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

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The Edge with Jake Sasseville is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Edge with Jake Sasseville The Edge with Jake Sasseville was an American late-night television talk show created and hosted by 24-year-old Jake Sasseville. The series combined celebrity interviews, unscripted comedy, and ...more