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The Best Talk Shows On TV 

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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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The Graham Norton Show ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
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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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Conan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Conan O'Brien, Ginnifer Goodwin, Andy Richter
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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The Ellen DeGeneres Show... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss, Anthony Okungbowa
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 Late Late Show with ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
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James Corden, Reggie Watts
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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Jimmy Kimmel Live! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett
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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Late Night with Conan O'... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard
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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Late Night with Jimmy Fa... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins
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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The Late Show with Steph... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste, Stay Human
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS, 2015) is an American late-night talk show hosted by Stephen Colbert.

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The Tonight Show Starrin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins
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 Eric Andre Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Hannibal Buress, Tom Kane, Gary Anthony Williams
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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Last Week Tonight with J... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
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John Oliver, David Kaye, Noel MacNeal
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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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj
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 Tonight Show Starrin... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson
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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The Oprah Winfrey Show ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King
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 Late Late Show with ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson
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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The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart
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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Late Night with Seth Mey... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
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 Real is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, Tamara Mowry-Housley.
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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Larry King Live is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Larry King, Ryan Seacrest, Bill Maher
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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Bill Nye Saves the World... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Bill Nye, Karlie Kloss, Derek Muller
Bill Nye Saves the World (2017, Netflix) is an American talk show. Experts and guests in Bill Nye's lab explore scientific issues and their relationships to politics, pop culture, and society.
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The Tonight Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Skitch Henderson, Hugh Downs, Art Linkletter
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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Good Morning America is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer
Good Morning America (ABC, 1975) is an American morning television show currently presented by Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer, Michael Strahan, Amy Robach, and Ginger Zee. ...more

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The Dick Cavett Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Leigh French
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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The Montel Williams Show... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Montel Williams, Sylvia Browne, Maria Setaro
The Montel Williams Show is a syndicated talk show hosted by Montel Williams, which ran from 1991 to 2008. On January 30, 2008, it was announced that The Montel Williams Show would stop ...more
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Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Talk Shows On TV
Jay McGraw
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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