Entertainment

The Best New Late Night Shows of the Last Few Years  

Ranker TV
660 votes 179 voters 10.7k views 14 items

List Rules Only late night shows that began their current iteration on or after January 1, 2015. 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 Stephen Colbert to Samantha Bee, 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 2015, 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 2015 – replaced longstanding host Jon Stewart with a new host. Daily Show alumni Samantha, Bee broke out on her own to host Full Frontal in 2016. Other good new late night talk shows include The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Jim Jeffries Show, and Truth & Iliza.

Do you have a favorite late night show that has premiered since 2015? Give the best series a thumbs up. 

The Late Show with Stephen Col... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Late Night Shows of the Last Few Years
Photo: CBS

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS, 2015) is an American late-night talk show hosted by Stephen Colbert. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste, Stay Human

Premiered: 2015

More The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

#7 of 53 on The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time #49 of 50 on What to Watch If You Love 'Archer' #28 of 49 on What to Watch If You Love 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' #22 of 50 on What to Watch If You Love 'Fargo'

see more on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Late Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Late Night Shows of the Last Few Years
Photo: Metaweb (FB)/Fair use

The Late Late Show, with its title often shortened to The Late Late, is the world's longest-running talk show. Perceived as the official flagship television programme of Ireland's public service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann, it is regarded as an Irish television institution and is broadcast live across two hours plus in front of a studio audience on Friday nights between September and May at 21.30. Having maintained the same name and format continuously, The Late Late Show was first broadcast on Friday, 6 July 1962 at 23.20 and in colour from 1976. Originating as temporary summer filler for a niche Saturday night audience, it later moved to its current home on Friday night schedules. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Pat Kenny, Ryan Tubridy, Gay Byrne

Premiered: 1962

Number of Seasons: 48

More The Late Late Show

#25 of 26 on The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s #19 of 20 on The Best Talk Shows of the 1960s

see more on The Late Late Show
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Late Night Shows of the Last Few Years
Photo:  The Daily Show With Trevor Noah/Comedy Central

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 on Wikipedia

Actors: Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, + more

Premiered: 1996

More The Daily Show

#77 of 1064 on The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time #30 of 389 on The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years featuring Jon Stewart's Most Entertaining Feuds Ever The Greatest Daily Show Correspondents of All Time

see more on The Daily Show
StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Ty... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Late Night Shows of the Last Few Years
Photo: National Geograhpic

StarTalk (National Geographic, 2015) is an American talk show hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. The show consists of a pre-taped discussion between Tyson and the guest of the week, which is shown in segments interspersed with the segments filmed in front of the live audience. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye

More StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

#19 of 46 on What to Watch If You Love 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' #13 of 45 on What to Watch If You Love 'The Daily Show' #18 of 30 on What to Watch If You Love 'Real Time with Bill Maher' #13 of 27 on The Best Current Late Night Shows

see more on StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson