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The Best Variety TV Shows In 2019  

Molly Gander
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List Rules Any new or returning variety television series that aired new episodes during the 2019 calendar year.

Variety shows may seem like something from the late mid-century but that's just because they've evolved along with the TV audiences of 2019. The best variety shows of 2019 include talk shows and talent shows along with the classic sketch comedy shows that are often associated with variety shows. This list looks at the best current television variety series that that will be airing new episodes in 2019.  Which are the best new and returning variety shows in 2019?

Some of the best variety shows of 2019 are those that have been going on for a long time or have recently returned to the air, such as Saturday Night Live and Showtime at the Apollo, respectively. Other variety shows are absolutely the kind born in the 21st century, like Adult Swim's Mostly 4 Millennials, or At Home with Amy Sedaris, which is weird, wonderful and not at all on a standard channel.

Which television variety series are you (or your kids) going to watch in 2019? Vote up the best new and returning variety TV shows to air in 2019.

The Late Late Show with James ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Variety TV Shows In 2019
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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, such as Carpool Karaoke, Drop the Mic, and Flinch. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: James Corden, Reggie Watts

Premiered: 2015

Network: CBS

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimm... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Variety TV Shows In 2019
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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 Television. It is the seventh incarnation of NBC's long-running Tonight Show franchise, with Fallon serving as the sixth host. The show also stars sidekick and announcer Steve Higgins and house band The Roots. The Tonight Show is produced by former Daily Show executive producer Josh Lieb and executively produced by Lorne Michaels. The show records from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center, New York City. The program airs weeknights at 11:34 p.m. ET/PT. The show opens with Fallon's topical monologue, then ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

Premiered: 2014

Network: NBC

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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Variety TV Shows In 2019
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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 March 2, 2009 and ended on February 7, 2014, was hosted by actor, comedian and performer Jimmy Fallon, an alumnus of Saturday Night Live. Hip hop/neo soul band The Roots served as the show's house band, and Steve Higgins was the show's announcer. The third incarnation of the Late Night franchise originated by David Letterman, the program originated from NBC Studio 6B in the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City. The show typically opened with a brief monologue from Fallon, followed by a ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

Premiered: 2009

Network: NBC

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Conan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Variety TV Shows In 2019
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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 Conan O'Brien. Describing itself as a traditional late-night talk show, Conan draws its comedy from recent news stories, political figures and prominent celebrities, as well as aspects of the show itself. The show typically opens with a monologue from Conan O'Brien relating to recent headlines and frequently features exchanges with his sidekick, Andy Richter, and members of the audience. The next segment is devoted to a celebrity interview, with guests ranging from actors and musicians to media ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Conan O'Brien, Ginnifer Goodwin, Andy Richter

Premiered: 2010

Network: TBS

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