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The Best Live Television TV Shows 

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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Live Television TV series.

The very best live television shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest live television shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular live television TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining live television show of all time is. Don't let your favorite live television 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 live television television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

The list you're viewing contains shows like Quiz Call and The Up-Late Game Show.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best live television show of all time?" and "What are the greatest live television shows?"
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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Miguel Nieves added Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson

Premiered: 1975

Saturday Night Live (NBC, 1975), also known as SNL, is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. Hosted by a ...more

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2008 IIHF World Junior H... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
2008 IIHF World Junior Hockey Gold Final
2008 IIHF World Junior Hockey Gold Final is a sports TV program.
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BrainTeaser is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows

Premiered: 2002

BrainTeaser was a British game show, first broadcast in 2002, produced by Endemol UK subsidiary Cheetah Productions. BrainTeaser was live, with phone-in viewer puzzles being announced and played ...more
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Omnibus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Marlon Brando, James Dean

Premiered: 1952

Omnibus is an American, commercially sponsored, educational television series.
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Ant & Dec's Saturday... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows

Premiered: 2002

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, often referred to simply as Saturday Night Takeaway, is a British television variety show presented and executively produced by Ant & Dec. The show ...more
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Kykelikokos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Kykelikokos

Premiered: 1996

Kykelikokos was a weekly Norwegian children's television program that ran from 1996 to 2003. It was the first live children's show ever produced in Norway. It was highly popular, and usually ...more
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Live Roulette is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Live Roulette Oreke Mosheshe, Chantel Shafie

Premiered: 2005

Live Roulette is an interactive gaming show which was launched in June 2005. The programme allows people to place their chips on the roulette table by watching online or on TV and phoning the ...more
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Northwest Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Northwest Afternoon

Premiered: 1984

Northwest Afternoon was a local television talk show in the United States. It aired weekdays at 3PM in the Puget Sound area of Washington. It was produced locally by Seattle TV station KOMO-TV ...more
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Electric Circus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Electric Circus Amanda Walsh, Rainbow Sun Francks, Rick Campanelli

Premiered: 1988

Electric Circus is a Canadian live dance music television program that aired on MuchMusic and Citytv from September 16, 1988 to December 12, 2003. The name originated from a nightclub that once ...more
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Noel's House Party is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Noel's House Party Carol Vorderman, Sarah Alexander, Noel Edmonds

Premiered: 1991

Noel's House Party is a BBC television light entertainment show hosted by Noel Edmonds that was broadcast live on Saturday evenings during the 1990s. It was set in a large house in the fictional ...more
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All American New Year is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
All American New Year

Premiered: 2005

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Live TV Bingo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Live TV Bingo

Premiered: 2006

Live TV Bingo was a British television game show.
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Midnight Zoo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Midnight Zoo Steven O'Donnell

Premiered: 2006

Midnight Zoo was an Australian late-night interactive game show broadcast in parts of Australia on the Seven Network. Midnight Zoo debuted on 31 July 2006 and was broadcast from Sydney. It was ...more
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Music Station is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows

Premiered: 1986

Music Station is a Japanese music television program. It began broadcasting on October 24, 1986 and continues to be broadcast weekly in High-definition from 8PM-9PM on TV asahi. The program is ...more
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Quizmania is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Quizmania Debbie King, Greg Scott, Chuck Thomas

Premiered: 2005

Quizmania was a popular British interactive game show. The show was devised by Chuck Thomas, Debbie King, and Simone Thorogood and produced by Fremantle Media for Information TV and ITV. ...more
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Quiz Call is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Quiz Call

Premiered: 2005

Quiz Call was a late night/early morning phone-in quiz TV show, produced by Ostrich Media for Five, Five US and Five Life.
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Slap Bang with Ant &... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Slap Bang with Ant & Dec Declan Donnelly

Premiered: 2001

Slap Bang with Ant & Dec is a television programme that was shown in the United Kingdom on ITV in 2001.
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The Late, Late Breakfast... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
The Late, Late Breakfast Show Noel Edmonds

Premiered: 1982

The Late, Late Breakfast Show was a BBC television light entertainment show broadcast live on Saturday evenings from 4 September 1982 to 25 December 1986. It was presented by Noel Edmonds, ...more
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The Up-Late Game Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
The Up-Late Game Show

Premiered: 2005

The Up-Late Game Show was a late night interactive television quiz program shown in Australia on Network Ten, written and hosted by Big Brother Australia 2005 contestant Simon Deering, commonly ...more
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Tiswas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Sylvester McCoy, Lenny Henry, Jim Davidson

Premiered: 1974

Tiswas was a Saturday morning children's British television series which ran from 5 January 1974 to 3 April 1982 and was produced for the ITV network by ATV Network Limited. It was created by ...more
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Wetten, dass..? is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
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Premiered: 1981

Wetten, dass..? was a long-running German-language entertainment television show. It was the most successful Saturday television show in Europe. Its format was the basis for the British show You ...more
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The Sauce is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
The Sauce Marcus Monroe

Premiered: 2007

The Sauce is a daily live interactive show that aired on the music network Fuse. It was hosted by Steve Smith and Jared Cotter and aired weekdays at 6PM EST/3PM PST and premiered on April 2, ...more
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Noel's Saturday Roadshow... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Noel's Saturday Roadshow

Premiered: 1988

The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow is a BBC television light entertainment show which was broadcast on Saturday evenings from 3 September 1988 to 15 December 1990. It was presented by Noel ...more
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Smart Live Casino is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Smart Live Casino

Premiered: 2007

Smart Live Casino is a British online live casino, launched in May 2007. Smart Live Casino is most popular for their wide range of live casino products. Their live games, which is presented by ...more
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Play TV is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Live Television TV Shows
Play TV

Premiered: 2009

Play TV is a late night/early morning phone-in quiz show produced by Telemedia InteracTV and broadcast by TV3 Ireland from May 2009 – March 2010. The show was broadcast live every night of the ...more