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The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time 

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Updated July 6, 2020 20.6k votes 3.7k voters 126.1k views 69 items

List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best talk shows ever on TV

The very best talk show shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest talk show shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular talk show TV shows have been a staple of television for years, celebs love to gab and we love to watch them gab. What do you think is the most entertaining talk show show of all time. Don't let your favorite talk show 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 talk show television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

This is a list that includes shows like The Ellen Show, Maury, and other TV talk shows. What are your top 10 talk shows?

This list answers the questions, "What is the best talk show show of all time?" and "What are the greatest talk show shows?"
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Conan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Conan O'Brien, Ginnifer Goodwin, Andy Richter

Premiered: 2010

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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#1,084 of 1,318 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows #16 of 53 The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni #7 of 57 The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Graham Norton Show ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
jollestudio added

Premiered: 2007

The Graham Norton Show is a British comedy chat show broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom. It was shown on BBC Two from February 2007 to May 2009 and has been on BBC One since October ...more
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss, Anthony Okungbowa

Premiered: 2003

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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The Best Musical Guests on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' in 2020 #116 of 388 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #113 of 461 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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Jimmy Kimmel Live! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett

Premiered: 2003

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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#229 of 461 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time #102 of 138 The Funniest Shows To Watch When You're Stoned #1,062 of 1,318 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

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The Late Late Show with ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
knittingjunky added James Corden, Reggie Watts

Premiered: 2015

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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#15 of 57 The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time #1 of 11 The Best Talk Shows in LA

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Late Night with Conan O'... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard

Premiered: 1993

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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#229 of 388 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #107 of 461 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time #72 of 174 The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters

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Late Night with Jimmy Fa... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

Premiered: 2009

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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#238 of 388 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #1,080 of 1,318 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows #23 of 57 The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Late Show with Steph... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste, Stay Human

Premiered: 2015

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS, 2015) is an American late-night talk show hosted by Stephen Colbert.
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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj

Premiered: 1996

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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Jon Stewart's Most Entertaining Feuds Ever #569 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #99 of 388 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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The Tonight Show Starrin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

Premiered: 2014

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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The Best Musical Guests on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' in 2020 #197 of 461 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time #28 of 64 The Best Feel-Good TV Shows

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Last Week Tonight with J... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Patrick Prochazka added John Oliver, David Kaye, Noel MacNeal

Premiered: 2014

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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#347 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #26 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate #155 of 461 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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The Tonight Show Starrin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

Premiered: 1962

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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#195 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #112 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate #7 of 158 Shows With The Best Freakin' Series Finales Of All Time

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The Late Late Show with ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson

Premiered: 2005

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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#300 of 388 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #198 of 461 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time #85 of 219 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

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The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart

Premiered: 2005

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 Oprah Winfrey Show ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King

Premiered: 1986

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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#57 of 164 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans #312 of 510 The Best Shows of the 1980s, Ranked #2 of 34 The Best Daytime Talk Shows

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The Eric Andre Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Hannibal Buress, Tom Kane, Gary Anthony Williams

Premiered: 2012

The Eric Andre Show (Adult Swim, 2012) is an American surreal comedy television series created by Eric Andre. Hosted by Eric Andre with Hannibal Buress, the late night talk show features ...more
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Late Night with Seth Mey... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time

Premiered: 2014

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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#894 of 1,318 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows #7 of 53 The Best TV Shows Starring SNL Alumni #16 of 57 The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time

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The Dick Cavett Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Leigh French

Premiered: 1968

The Dick Cavett Show was the title of several talk shows hosted by Dick Cavett on various television networks, including: ABC daytime originally titled This Morning ABC prime time, Tuesdays, ...more

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#20 of 57 The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time #153 of 249 The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s #36 of 51 The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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The Real is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, Tamara Mowry-Housley.

Premiered: 2013

The Real is an American syndicated talk show. The series was developed as a talk show designed to appeal to younger female viewers who, like the co-hosts, were experiencing new events in their
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A Little Help with Carol... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Carol Burnett, Russell Peters, Lisa Kudrow
A Little Help with Carol Burnett (Netflix, 2018) is an American web television series hosted by Carol Burnett. A panel of children offer unscripted advice to celebrities and average people about ...more
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The Fix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Jimmy Carr, D.L. Hughley, Katherine Ryan

Premiered: 2018

The Fix is an American web television comedy panel show hosted by Jimmy Carr, starring D. L. Hughley and Katherine Ryan as team captains and Mona Chalabi as a statistician. The show premiered on ...more
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Larry King Live is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Larry King, Ryan Seacrest, Bill Maher

Premiered: 1985

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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Red Table Talk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris
Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch, 2018) is an American web television talk show. In the spirit of Mother's Day, Jada Pinkett-Smith sits down with her mother Adrienne and daughter Willow to frankly ...more
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The Tonight Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Skitch Henderson, Hugh Downs, Art Linkletter

Premiered: 1954

The Tonight Show is an American late-night talk show broadcast from the Rockefeller Center in New York City and airing on NBC since 1954. It is the world's longest-running talk show, and the ...more

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#190 of 1,318 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows #18 of 51 The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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The Masked Singer: After... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time
Nick Cannon

Premiered: 2020

The Masked Singer: After the Mask (Fox, 2020) is an American reality singing competition aftershow hosted by Nick Cannon and a spin-off of The Masked Singer. Nick Cannon will host the show from ...more