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.Check out more lists like the longest running TV sitcoms, the most popular sitcoms in TV history and the worst TV shows that need to stop NOW.
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. Mainly ...more
- 25 Seasons. 4561 Episodes.Oprah discusses topics with guests, before a studio audience.
- 4531 Episodes.Late-night talk show hosted by Johnny Carson, including guest interviews and musical performances.
27 Seasons. 4261 Episodes.The comic interviews guests and introduces musical performances.
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
22 Seasons. 4000 Episodes. Currently in productionWomen engage in lively conversations about the latest headlines and interview celebrities.
- 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 ending ...more
25 Seasons. 3268 Episodes. Currently in production.A humorous slant on top news stories.
16 Seasons. 3000 Episodes. Currently in productionEllen DeGeneres interviews celebrities and hosts musical performances.
- 2725 Episodes.Interviews and comedy sketches.
17 Seasons. 2655 Episodes. Currently in production.Celebrity guests and comedy skits.
- 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, 1992.
9 Seasons. 2058 Episodes.The Scottish comic interviews guests and hosts musical performances.
17 Seasons. 2191 Episodes. Currently in production.The doctor gives self-help advice and strategies for a healthy life.
9 Seasons. 1385 Episodes. Currently in production.Celebrity women talk about current events.
9 Seasons. 1271 Episodes. Currently in production.Conan O'Brien welcomes celebrity guests and draws comedy from poignant news stories and politics.
- 1819 Episodes.The host interviews a variety of guests.
- 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 out of ...more
6 Seasons. 1077 Episodes. Currently in production.Jimmy Fallon brings A-list guests, signature comedy bits and chart-topping music to late night.
5 Seasons. 969 Episodes.Interviews and comedy sketches.
6 Seasons. 845 Episodes. Currently in productionSeth Meyers breaks down the day's biggest stories and takes the current political circus head-on.
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 Corden. ...more
4 Seasons. 756 Episodes. Currently in production.The comic interviews guests and introduces musical performances.
5 Seasons. 1190 Episodes.The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn is a comedy TV program.
4 Seasons. 641 Episodes. Currently in production.The English actor interviews guests and hosts musical performances.