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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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Late Night with David Letterma... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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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

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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

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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

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The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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Conan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Conan 2010

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Jimmy Kimmel Live! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Late Show with Stephen Col... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Tonight Show with Conan O'... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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Last Week Tonight with John Ol... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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Late Night with Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Graham Norton Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Late Late Show with James ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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Tom Snyder On CNBC is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
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Full Frontal With Samantha Bee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

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The Arsenio Hall Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Dennis Miller Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
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Insomniac with Dave Attell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
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Politically Incorrect is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Jon Stewart Show is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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Real Time with Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Eric André Show is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Chevy Chase Show is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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Kathy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
Kathy 2012

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Chelsea Lately is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Late Late Show with Craig ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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Later With Greg Kinnear is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
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Thicke of the Night is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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

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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
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Brand X with Russell Brand is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Pete Holmes Show is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time
The Pete Holmes Show

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Watch What Happens: Live is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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Last Call with Carson Daly is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Kilborn File is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Jonathan Ross Show 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

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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

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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