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.
- 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 stories, political figures, media organizations, and often uses self-referential humor as well.... more
- A Little Late with Lilly Singh (NBC, 2019) is an American late-night talk show that will replace Last Call with Carson Daly. Singh is the first woman among the current generation of late-night hosts on the major broadcast networks, and the first to ever identify as bisexual.... more
- Photo: Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY)My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Netflix, 2018) is an American web television talk show hosted by David Letterman. The series consists of interviews with one guest per episode both inside and outside a studio setting. ... more
- Photo: Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY)Lights Out With David Spade (Comedy Central, 2019) is an American satire news television series. Comedian David Spade offers his take on pop culture and current events through the eyes of social media.... more