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Longest Running TV Talk Shows

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List of the longest-running TV talk shows in US history. These TV chat series have more episodes than any others in American television. Some of the shows ran and have since gone off the air or been canceled, while others remain ongoing and are still being produced. Typically, these shows were collected into "seasons" of television, each with a pre-set amount of episodes. Sometimes, these seasons were broken up, in some cases with years or even decades between production of the series, while still being considered the run of a single TV show. (Spin-offs and other shows that were reinvented and debuted as new series are not considered.) This list contains all the longest-running talk shows in US broadcasting history.

The concept of a "talk show" can mean a lot of different things. It's most commonly associated in the US with the late-night variety show, particularly "The Tonight Show" or the "Late Show with David Letterman." However, the concept - sometimes also referred to as a "chat show" - also encompasses daytime TV talk like the offerings from Oprah Winfrey or Ellen DeGeneres, or even more news-oriented panel discussion formats like "The View" and "Larry King Live." Really, any show with hosts and rotating guests conversing can be considered a talk show, even extending the definition to the "tabloid talk show" made famous by Jerry Springer, or the radio-show-on-television format popularized by Howard Stern.

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Larry King Live is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Larry King, Ryan Seacrest, Bill Maher

Premiered: 1985

Network: CNN

25 Seasons. 6120 Episodes.

Larry King Live is an American talk show that was hosted by Larry King on CNN from 1985 to 2010. It was CNN's most watched and longest-running program, with over one million viewers nightly. ...more
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The Oprah Winfrey Show ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King

Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 25

Number of Episodes: 4561

25 Seasons. 4561 Episodes. The Oprah Winfrey Show, often referred to simply as Oprah, is an American syndicated talk show that aired nationally for 25 seasons from 1986 to 2011. Produced and hosted by its namesake, Oprah ...more

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The Tonight Show Starrin... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

Premiered: 1962

Number of Seasons: 30

Number of Episodes: 4531

Network: NBC

4531 Episodes. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992. It originally aired during late-night. ...more

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Late Show with David Let... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 19

Network: CBS

27 Seasons. 4261 Episodes.

Late Show is an American late-night television talk and variety show on CBS. Late Show with David Letterman first aired in August 1993 with host David Letterman, who previously hosted Late Night ...more
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The Jerry Springer Show ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Jerry Springer, Peter A Kelly, Steve Wilkos

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 21

Network: NBC, CNN

27 Seasons. 3891+ Episodes.

The Jerry Springer Show, also known as Jerry Springer, or just Springer, is an American syndicated tabloid talk show hosted by Jerry Springer, a former politician. It is recorded at the Stamford ...more

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The View is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Lisa Ling, Meredith Vieira, Debbie Matenopoulos

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 2735

Network: American Broadcasting Company

22 Seasons. 4000 Episodes. Currently in production

The View is an American talk show and entertainment/infotainment program that has aired on ABC since August 11, 1997, as part of its daytime programming block. The show's concept was conceived ...more

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The Tonight Show with Ja... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Edd Hall

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 3732

Network: NBC

3775 Episodes. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that initially aired from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010 until its ...more

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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj

Premiered: 1996

Network: Comedy Central

25 Seasons. 3268 Episodes. Currently in production.

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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The Ellen DeGeneres Show... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss, Anthony Okungbowa

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 3150

16 Seasons. 3000 Episodes. Currently in production

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by comedian/actress Ellen DeGeneres. Debuting on September 8, 2003, it is produced by Telepictures and airs in syndication, ...more

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Late Night with Conan O'... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard

Premiered: 1993

Network: NBC

2725 Episodes. Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, ...more

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Jimmy Kimmel Live! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 11

Network: American Broadcasting Company

17 Seasons. 2655 Episodes. Currently in production.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! is an American late-night talk show, created and hosted by James "Jimmy" Kimmel, and transmitted on ABC. The nightly hour-long show made its debut on January 26, ...more

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The Howard Stern Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
The Howard Stern Show Howard Stern, Robin Quivers, Billy West

Premiered: 1990

Network: E!

2278 Episodes. The Howard Stern Show was an American late-night television variety show, hosted by radio personality Howard Stern. It aired Saturdays, beginning at 11:00pm, from July 14, 1990 to August 8,
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The Late Late Show with ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Episodes: 1000

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, CBS

9 Seasons. 2058 Episodes.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is an American late-night talk show hosted by Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson, who was the third regular host of the Late Late Show franchise. It ...more

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Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Jay McGraw

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 1671

17 Seasons. 2191 Episodes. Currently in production.

Dr. Phil is a talk show hosted by Phil McGraw. After McGraw's success with his segments on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil debuted on September 16, 2002. On both shows McGraw offers advice in ...more

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The Talk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler | See full cast & crew ยป

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: CBS

9 Seasons. 1385 Episodes. Currently in production.

The Talk is a talk show created by actress Sara Gilbert, who also serves as the executive producer. The show premiered on October 18, 2010, and airs on CBS as a part of CBS Daytime. Along with ...more

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Conan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Conan O'Brien, Ginnifer Goodwin, Andy Richter

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 10

Network: TBS

9 Seasons. 1271 Episodes. Currently in production.

Conan is a late-night talk show airing each Monday through Thursday on TBS in the United States. The hour-long show premiered on November 8, 2010, and is hosted by writer, comedian and performer ...more

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Late Night with David Le... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 1819

Network: NBC

1819 Episodes. Late Night with David Letterman is a nightly hour-long comedy talk show on NBC that was created and hosted by David Letterman. It premiered in 1982 as the first incarnation of the Late Night ...more

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The Rosie O'Donnell Show... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Vince Vaughn, Claire Forlani, Jeff Dunham

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 1193

1193 Episodes. The Rosie O'Donnell Show is an American daytime television talk show hosted and produced by actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell. It aired for six seasons from 1996 to 2002. The show was based ...more
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The Tonight Show Starrin... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 1

6 Seasons. 1077 Episodes. Currently in production.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jimmy Fallon on NBC. The show premiered on February 17, 2014 and is produced by Broadway Video and Universal ...more

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Late Night with Jimmy Fa... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: NBC

5 Seasons. 969 Episodes.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show that aired weeknights at 12:35 am Eastern/11:35 pm Central on NBC in the United States. The hour-long show, which premiered on ...more

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Late Night with Seth Mey... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Seth Meyers, The 8G Band with Fred Armisen

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 1

6 Seasons. 845 Episodes. Currently in production

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 Late Late Show with ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Tom Snyder, Kate Mulgrew, David Letterman

Premiered: 1995

Network: CBS

4 Seasons. 777 Episodes.

The Late Late Show is an American late-night television talk and variety show on CBS. It first aired in January 1995, with host Tom Snyder, followed by Craig Kilborn, Craig Ferguson and James ...more
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The Late Show with Steph... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste, Stay Human

Premiered: 2015

4 Seasons. 756 Episodes. Currently in production.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS, 2015) is an American late-night talk show hosted by Stephen Colbert.

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The Late Late Show with ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
Craig Kilborn, Kip Madsen, Jay Phillips

Premiered: 1999

Network: CBS

5 Seasons. 1190 Episodes.

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn is a comedy TV program.
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The Late Late Show with ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Longest Running TV Talk Shows
James Corden, Reggie Watts

Premiered: 2015

4 Seasons. 641 Episodes. Currently in production.

The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS, 2015) is an American late-night talk show hosted by James Corden. The fourth iteration of The Late Late Show, the talk show features popular segments, ...more

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