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The Best Satrirical News Programs  

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List Rules Vote 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 Ol... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
John Oliver, David Kaye, Noel MacNeal
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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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj
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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Late Night with Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
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 Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart
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 Jim Jefferies Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Jim Jefferies
The Jim Jefferies Show (Comedy Central, 2017) is an American late-night talk show hosted by Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, covering politics, pop culture, and anything that bothers him.
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The Late Show with Stephen Col... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste, Stay Human
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS, 2015) is an American late-night talk show hosted by Stephen Colbert.
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Real Time with Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Sullivan
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
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Onion News Network is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Onion News Network Suzanne Sena, Brian Huskey
Onion News Network is a parody television news show. The show premiered its ten-episode first season on January 21, 2011, at 10:00 p.m. EST on IFC. In March 2007, The Onion launched The Onion ...more
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The Opposition with Jordan Kle... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Jordan Klepper
The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central, 2017) is an American late-night talk and news satire program hosted by comedian Jordan Klepper.
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Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
hbasra added Hasan Minhaj
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Netflix, 2018) is an American television variety show hosted by Hasan Minhaj. The show aims to explore the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and ...more
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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Samantha Bee
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2016) is an American news comedy program that airs on Mondays on TBS.
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Not Necessarily the News is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Matthew Perry, Jan Hooks, Rich Hall
Not Necessarily the News is a satirical sketch comedy series that first aired on HBO in September 1982 as a comedy special, and then ran as a series from 1983 to 1990. It featured sketches, ...more
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Politically Incorrect is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Bill Maher, Al Franken, Arianna Huffington
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 Awful Truth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Michael Moore, Karen Duffy
The Awful Truth is a satirical television show that was directed, written, and hosted by filmmaker Michael Moore, and funded by the British broadcaster Channel 4.
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The 1/2 Hour News Hour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Lorenzo Lamas
The 1/2 Hour News Hour was an American television news satire show that aired on the Fox News Channel. The program presented news stories from a conservative perspective, using a satirical ...more
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D. L. Hughley Breaks the News is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
D. L. Hughley Breaks the News D. L. Hughley
D. L. Hughley Breaks the News was a comedy news show that aired on CNN from October 25, 2008 to March 2009, hosted and head written by comedian D. L. Hughley. On March 9, 2009, CNN announced ...more
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The Nightly Show with Larry Wi... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Holly Walker, Ricky Velez, Mike Yard
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore was an American late-night panel talk show hosted by Larry Wilmore. The show has been described as a combination of The Daily Show and Politically Incorrect. ...more
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The Rundown with Robin Thede is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
The Rundown with Robin Thede
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Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Julie Banderas, Patti Ann Browne, Greg Gutfeld
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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SuperNews! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
SuperNews! Natasha Leggero
SuperNews! is a half-hour, satirical animated television series which aired on Current TV. It was created by Josh Faure-Brac who also wrote for the show and performed the majority of male ...more
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infoMania is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
infoMania
InfoMania is an American half-hour weekly satirical news-show that aired on the Current TV television network from 2007 to 2011. The program was initially hosted by Conor Knighton and later ...more
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Chocolate News is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
David Alan Grier, Jordan Peele, Luenell
Chocolate News was a US satirical news show hosted and head written by David Alan Grier in 2008 with an emphasis on African American culture. The show was broadcast on Wednesday nights at 10:30 ...more
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Onion SportsDome is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Danyelle Sargent, Matt Walton
Onion SportsDome was a parody sports television show from the makers of The Onion. The show premiered on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at 10:30 p.m. EST on Comedy Central in the United States. It ...more
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Newsreaders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Ray Wise, Alan Tudyk, Kumail Nanjiani
Newsreaders is a quarter-hour format American television comedy that lampoons the news magazine genre. The series is a spinoff of the Adult Swim show Childrens Hospital, presented as the ...more
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Truth & Iliza is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Satrirical News Programs
Iliza Shlesinger
Truth & Iliza is an American late-night talk and news satire program that airs on Freeform. It premiered on May 2 2017 and is hosted by comedian Iliza Shlesinger. The title is derived from ...more