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The Best New Late Night Shows of the Last Few Years

Updated 13 Jul 2020 847 votes 232 voters 11.9k views15 items

List RulesOnly late night shows that began their current iteration on or after January 1, 2017. Vote up the best of the best.

Late night TV has always had a special place in American entertainment, but the recent onslaught of politically oriented and satirical approaches to the platform mean late night talk shows are often the catalysts for discussions about current events. From Trevor Noah to Elmo, some of the best new late night hosts don't just entertain. They also inform and inspire, challenging their audiences to really think. 


What shows will you find on this list? In 2017, Late Night With Stephen Colbert began when CBS welcomed Stephen Colbert to the desk that was previously occupied by David Letterman.  The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – which premiered in August of 2017 – replaced longstanding host Jon Stewart with a new host. Sesame Street star Elmo broke out on his own to host The Not Too Late Show with Elmo - which may air earlier, but it's on streaming so you can watch it as late as you want. Other good new late night talk shows include Lights Out With David Spade, Desus & Mero, and Truth & Iliza.

Do you have a favorite late night show that has premiered since 2017? Give the best series a thumbs up. 

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