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The Best Satrirical News Programs

Updated February 25, 2021 384 votes 98 voters 5.3k views30 items

List RulesVote up the shows that deliver satire with a side of news.

It's important to stay current on all the latest news developments. There is a lot of significant stuff going on right now in American politics, and every citizen would do well to stay in the loop. However, that doesn't mean people shouldn't have a little fun with their news. It does not have to be all doom and gloom all the time. Sometimes, the perfect way to talk about serious issues is to deliver them to the audience in a funny way. Plenty of shows over the years have discovered this secret formula, and it has resulted in some of the best comedy news shows of all time. 

The Daily Show is truly responsible for the rise of satirical news series. Craig Kilborn hosted the show for the first couple of years it was on the air, but Jon Stewart truly made it his own. Four nights a week, he went on to deliver hilarious jokes and intriguing insight into the nuances of American politics. If it wasn't for The Daily Show, then Americans never would have gotten The Colbert Report, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper

The best satirical news TV shows of all time are on this list. Partake in democracy and vote for your favorites.

 

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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver1
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    8

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    John Oliver, David Kaye

    Premiered2014

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO, 2014) is an American late-night talk and news satire...  more
  • Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj2

    Premiered2018

    Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Netflix, 2018) is an American television variety show hosted by...  more
  • The Daily Show3
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    16

    The Daily Show

    Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah

    Premiered1996

    The Daily Show (Comedy Central, 1999) is an American late-night talk and news satire...  more
  • The Colbert Report4
    24
    12

    The Colbert Report

    Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir

    Premiered2005

    The Colbert Report is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by...  more
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers5

    Premiered2014

    Late Night with Seth Meyers is an American late-night talk show that airs at 12:37 am...  more
  • The Jim Jefferies Show6
    9
    5

    Premiered2017

    The Jim Jefferies Show (Comedy Central, 2017) is an American late-night talk show hosted by...  more
  • Real Time with Bill Maher7
    9
    8

    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington

    Premiered2003

    Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO, 2003) is an American talk show series created by Bill Maher....  more
  • Politically Incorrect8
    5
    2

    Politically Incorrect

    Bill Maher, Al Franken

    Premiered1993

    Politically Incorrect is an American late-night, half-hour political talk show hosted by Bill...  more
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert9
    10
    10

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste

    Premiered2015

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS, 2015) is an American late-night talk show hosted by...  more
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee10
    9
    9

    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

    Samantha Bee

    Premiered2016

    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2016) is an American news comedy program that airs on Mondays...  more
  • The Opposition with Jordan Klepper11

    Premiered2017

    The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central, 2017) is an American late-night talk and...  more
  • I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman12
    2
    4

    I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman

    Sarah Silverman, Mather Zickel
    I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television late-night...  more
  • Onion News Network13
    5
    8

    Onion News Network

    Suzanne Sena, Brian Huskey

    Premiered2011

    Onion News Network is a parody television news show. The show premiered its ten-episode first...  more
  • Not Necessarily the News14
    8
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    Not Necessarily the News

    Matthew Perry, Jan Hooks

    Premiered1983

    Not Necessarily the News is a satirical sketch comedy series that first aired on HBO in...  more
  • Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld15
    0
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    Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld

    Julie Banderas, Patti Ann Browne

    Premiered2007

    Red Eye is an American late-night/early-morning satirical talk show on the Fox News Channel,...  more
  • SuperNews!16
    0
    0

    SuperNews!

    Natasha Leggero

    Premiered2005

    SuperNews! is a half-hour, satirical animated television series which aired on Current TV. It...  more
  • The 1/2 Hour News Hour17
    2
    5

    The 1/2 Hour News Hour

    Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter

    Premiered2007

    The 1/2 Hour News Hour was an American television news satire show that aired on the Fox News...  more
  • The Awful Truth18
    5
    2

    The Awful Truth

    Michael Moore, Karen Duffy

    Premiered1999

    The Awful Truth is a satirical television show that was directed, written, and hosted by...  more
  • infoMania19
    0
    0

    infoMania

    Brett Erlich

    Premiered2007

    InfoMania is an American half-hour weekly satirical news-show that aired on the Current TV...  more
  • Chocolate News20
    0
    0

    Chocolate News

    David Alan Grier, Jordan Peele

    Premiered2008

    Chocolate News was a US satirical news show hosted and head written by David Alan Grier in...  more
  • D. L. Hughley Breaks the News21
    2
    2

    D. L. Hughley Breaks the News

    D. L. Hughley

    Premiered2008

    D. L. Hughley Breaks the News was a comedy news show that aired on CNN from October 25, 2008...  more
  • Onion SportsDome22
    0
    0

    Onion SportsDome

    Danyelle Sargent, Matt Walton

    Premiered2011

    Onion SportsDome was a parody sports television show from the makers of The Onion. The show...  more
  • Newsreaders23
    0
    0

    Newsreaders

    Ray Wise, Alan Tudyk

    Premiered2013

    Newsreaders is a quarter-hour format American television comedy that lampoons the news...  more
  • Truth & Iliza24
    0
    0

    Truth & Iliza

    Iliza Shlesinger

    Premiered2017

    Truth & Iliza is an American late-night talk and news satire program that airs on Freeform. It...  more
  • The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore25
    2
    2

    The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

    Holly Walker, Ricky Velez

    Premiered2015

    The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central, 2015) was an American late-night panel...  more