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The Best New Late Night Shows of the Last Few Years

Updated July 13, 2020 352 votes 235 voters 12.0k 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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  • 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
    • Actors: Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert
    • Premiered: 2017

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  • Truth & Iliza is an American late-night talk and news satire program that airs on Freeform. It premiered on May 2 2017 and is hosted by comedian Iliza Shlesinger. The title is derived from her podcast of the same name which ran from 2014-2016....  more
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  • The Jim Jefferies Show (Comedy Central, 2017) is an American late-night talk show hosted by Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, covering politics, pop culture, and anything that bothers him....  more
    • Actors: Jim Jefferies
    • Premiered: 2017
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  • Desus & Mero (Showtime, 2019) is an American television late-night talk show series hosted by Desus Nice and The Kid Mero....  more
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