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The Best Current Affairs TV Shows

List RulesVote up the best shows for keeping up on current affairs.

The very best current affairs shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest current affairs shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular current affairs TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining current affairs show of all time is. Don't let your favorite current affairs television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of current affairs television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

List features Dateline, Tucker Carlson Tonight, and more.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best current affairs show of all time?" and "What are the greatest current affairs shows?"

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  • 1
    Lester Holt, Ann Curry
    32
    13

    PremieredMarch 31, 1992

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  • 2
    Jay O. Sanders, Lance Lewman
    17
    6

    PremieredMarch 3, 1974

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  • 3
    Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl
    18
    9

    PremieredSeptember 24, 1968

    The oldest and most-watched newsmagazine on television gets the real story on America's most prevalent issues. CBS News correspondents contribute segments to each hourlong episode. Topics range from  ...more

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  • 4

    Four Corners

    Sarah Ferguson, Andrew Olle
    14
    8

    Premiered1961

    Four Corners is Australia's longest-running investigative journalism/current affairs television program. Broadcast on ABC in Australia, it premiered on 19 August 1961 and celebrated its 50th  ...more
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  • 5

    Insight

    Jenny Brockie
    10
    7

    Premiered1995

    Insight is a current affairs television program, broadcast on the SBS network.  ...more
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  • 6
    Jeremy Vine
    16
    15

    PremieredNovember 11, 1953

  • 7

    7.30

    Leigh Sales
    6
    6

    Premiered2011

    7.30 is an Australian nightly television current affairs programme which broadcasts on ABC and ABC News 24 at 7.30pm on weeknights. The program is currently hosted by Leigh Sales and Sabra Lane.  ...more
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  • 8
    Matthew Wright
    2
    0

    Premiered2000

    The Wright Stuff is a British television chat show, hosted by Matthew Wright, and airing on Channel 5 each weekday morning from 9:15 to 11:10am. The series characterises itself as "Britain's  ...more
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  • 9
    Dick Cheney, Charles Krauthammer
    5
    5

    Premiered1998

    Special Report with Bret Baier is an American television news and political commentary program appearing on Fox News Channel, currently hosted by Bret Baier. It airs live each Monday through Friday  ...more
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  • 10
    Mike Allen, Jim VandeHei
    1
    0

    PremieredNovember 4, 2018

    Axios (HBO, 2018) is an American documentary news talk show. Leading Axios journalists highlight the week ahead in politics, business and technology, each edition features coverage of a timely big  ...more
  • 11
    Gudrun Beckh, Susan Berfield
    1
    0

    Premiered2018

    Rotten (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series that dives deep into the food production underworld to expose the corruption, waste, and real dangers behind your everyday eating habits.  ...more
  • 12
    Karen Weaver, Hillary Clinton
    1
    0

    PremieredMarch 2, 2018

    Flint Town (Netflix, 2018) is an eight-episode American documentary television series that focuses on the thoughts and conflicted emotions of the men and women serving to protect urban areas of  ...more
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  • 13
    Lindsay Seidel, Amber Benson
    1
    0

    PremieredApril 13, 2018

    Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas (HBO, 2018) is an American documentary television series. Host Wyatt Cenac takes a satirical look at social and cultural issues.  ...more
  • 14
    Maggie Haberman, Azam Ahmed
    1
    0

    Premiered2019

    The Weekly (FX, 2019) is an American news-docuseries television program produced by The New York Times. Times writers walk viewers through their reporting, looking deeper into stories covered on the  ...more
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  • 15

    Q+A

    Hamish Macdonald
    5
    5

    Premiered2008

    Q+A is a New Zealand current event and political talkshow. It is currently hosted by Simon Dallow who is covering for Susan Wood, while she is recovering from a head injury. Interviews are conducted  ...more
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  • 16
    Tony Abbott, John Howard
    4
    6

    Premiered1990

    Lateline is an Australian television news and current affairs program produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, airing weeknights at 10:30 pm on ABC. The program has developed a reputation  ...more
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  • 17
    Kerry O'Brien
    4
    6

    Premiered1986

    The 7.30 Report was an Australian nightly television current affairs program, that was shown on ABC1 and ABC News 24 at 7.30pm, Mondays–Thursdays. Its sister program, Stateline was shown at the same  ...more
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  • 18

    Listening Post

    Richard Gizbert
    4
    5

    Premiered2006

    The Listening Post is a current affairs programme broadcast on Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera America. It is filmed and produced from Al Jazeera English's hub in London at The Shard.  ...more
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  • 19
    Morland Sanders, Antony Barnett
    6
    9

    Premiered1987

    Dispatches is the British TV current affairs documentary series on Channel 4, first transmitted in 1987. The programme covers issues about British society, politics, health, religion, international  ...more
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  • 20

    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

    Samantha Bee
    2
    3

    PremieredFebruary 8, 2016

    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS, 2016) is an American news comedy program that airs on Mondays on TBS. Hosted by Samantha Bee, she breaks up late-night's all-male sausage fest with her nuanced  ...more
  • 21
    Alex Ferrer
    0
    0

    PremieredJuly 13, 2018

    Whistleblower (CBS, 2018) is an American true crime television series. Hosted by Alex Ferrer, the show features real-life stories of heroic people who put everything on the line in order to expose  ...more
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  • 22
    Joe Donlon, Marni Hughes
    0
    0

    Premiered2020

    NewsNation (WGN America, 2020) is a nightly American television news program. Originating from Chicago, the three-hour-long program utilizes the journalistic resources of the 110 television news  ...more
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  • 23
    Alzo Slade, Hind Hassan
    0
    0

    PremieredMarch 29, 2020

    Vice (Showtime, 2020) is an American documentary news series created and hosted by Shane Smith. The series goes in-depth with immersive reporting from the frontlines of global conflicts, civil  ...more
  • 24

    Tucker Carlson Tonight

    Tucker Carlson
    12
    18

    Premiered2016

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  • 25

    The Drum

    Julia Baird, Ellen Fanning
    3
    6

    Premiered2010

    The Drum is an Australian current affairs and news analysis program presented by Steve Cannane and Julia Baird. The program airs at 5:30pm weekdays on ABC and is aired later on ABC News 24 at 9pm on  ...more
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