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TV Shows & Series: Best Talk-Shows TV Shows/Series

A talk show (or chat show in British English) is a television programming or radio programming genre structured around the act of spontaneous conversation. A talk show is distinguished from other television programs by certain common attributes. In a talk show, one person (or group of people or guests) discusses various topics put forth by a talk show host. This discussion can be in the form of an interview or a simple conversation about important social, political or religious issues and events. The personality of the host shapes the tone of the show, which also defines the "trademark" of the show. A common feature or unwritten rule of talk shows is to be based on "fresh talk", which is talk that is spontaneous or has the appearance of spontaneity. The history of the talk show spans back from the 1950s to the present. Talk shows can also have several different subgenres, which all have unique material and can air at different times of the day via different avenues. ()

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Top Gear(2002-)

TV-PG
| 1h per episode | Documentary, Reality-TV, Talk-Show
3.7/5 (with 279 votes)

This fast-paced and stunt-filled motor show tests whether cars, both mundane and extraordinary, live up to their manufacturers' claims. The long-running show travels to locations around the world, performing extreme stunts and challenges to see what the featured cars are capable of doing. The current hosts are Paddy Mcguinness, Chris Harris and Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff.

The Grand Tour(2016-)

TV-14
| 1h per episode | Talk-Show, Reality-TV
3.9/5 (with 264 votes)

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back with a show about adventure, excitement and friendship... as long as you accept that the people you call friends are also the ones you find extremely annoying. Sometimes it's even a show about cars. Follow them on their global adventure.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver(2014-)

TV-MA
| 30min per episode | Talk-Show, Comedy, News
4.0/5 (with 246 votes)

A half-hour satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon(2014-)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Comedy, Talk-Show
3.0/5 (with 95 votes)

After Jay Leno's second retirement from the program, Jimmy Fallon stepped in as his permanent replacement. After 42 years in Los Angeles the program was brought back to New York.

The Graham Norton Show(2007-)

TV-14
| 49min per episode | Comedy, Talk-Show
3.6/5 (with 90 votes)

Each week celebrity guests join Irish comedianGraham Norton to discuss what's being going on around the world that week. The guests poke fun and share their opinions on the main news stories. Graham is often joined by a band or artist to play the show out.

Conan(2010-2021)

1h per episode | Talk-Show, Comedy, News
3.6/5 (with 86 votes)

A late night television talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert(2015-)

TV-PG
| 45min per episode | Comedy, Talk-Show
3.3/5 (with 85 votes)

Improv actor and comic Stephen Colbert leaves his "The Colbert Report" character behind as he makes his long-awaited return to television. As the host of The Late Show franchise redux - taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre at New York - Colbert talks to actors, athletes, politicians, comics, artists and musicians as himself for the first time. Loyal fans, however, will also be treated to consistency as Colbert remains backed by many members of his writing and digital team from his former venture. Julliard-trained Jon Batiste serves as the bandleader.

Directed by Jim Hoskinson - With Jon Batiste

QI(2003-)

30min per episode | Comedy, Talk-Show
4.0/5 (with 84 votes)

Comedy quiz show full of quirky facts, in which contestants are rewarded more if their answers are 'quite interesting'.

Directed by Ian Lorimer - With Alan Davies

Real Time with Bill Maher(2003-)

TV-MA
| 1h per episode | Comedy, Talk-Show
3.0/5 (with 76 votes)

Each week Bill Maher surrounds himself with a panel of guests which include politicians, actors, comedians, musicians and the like to discuss what's going on in the world.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show(2003-2022)

TV-PG
| 45min per episode | Comedy, Talk-Show
2.9/5 (with 62 votes)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, often shortened to just Ellen, is an American television talk show hosted by comedian/actress Ellen DeGeneres.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!(2003-)

45min per episode | Talk-Show, Comedy
2.8/5 (with 53 votes)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! is an American late-night talk show, created and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast on ABC.

With Sal Iacono, Dicky Barrett, Guillermo Rodriguez, Jimmy Kimmel

Late Night with Conan O'Brien(1993-2009)

TV-14
| 1h 2min per episode | Comedy, Talk-Show
3.6/5 (with 52 votes)

Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity interviews, and musical and comedy performances. Late Night aired weeknights at 12:37 am Eastern/11:37 pm Central and 12:37 am Mountain in the United States. From 1993 until 2000, Andy Richter served as O'Brien's sidekick; following his departure, O'Brien was the show's sole featured performer. The show's house musical act was The Max Weinberg 7, led by E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg.The second incarnation of NBC's Late Night franchise, O'Brien's debuted in 1993 after David Letterman, who hosted the first incarnation of Late Night, moved to CBS to host Late Show opposite The Tonight Show. In 2004, as part of a deal to secure a new contract, NBC announced that O'Brien would leave Late Night in 2009 to succeed Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show. Jimmy Fallon began hosting his version of Late Night on March 2, 2009.

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Late Show with David Letterman(1993-2015)

1h 3min per episode | Talk-Show, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 48 votes)

Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS. The show debuted on August 30, 1993, and is produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated and CBS Television Studios. The show's music director and band-leader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, is Paul Shaffer. The head writer is Matt Roberts and the announcer is Alan Kalter. Of the major U.S. late-night programs, Late Show ranks second in cumulative average viewers over time and third in number of episodes over time. The show leads other late night shows in ad revenue with $271 million in 2009.In most U.S. markets the show airs at 11:35 p.m. Eastern/Pacific time, but is recorded Monday through Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m and 6:00 p.m. The second Thursday episode usually airs on Friday of that week.In 2002, Late Show with David Letterman was ranked No. 7 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. CBS has a contract with Worldwide Pants to continue the show through 2014; by then, Letterman will surpass Johnny Carson as the longest tenured late-night talk show host.

With Paul Shaffer, CBS Orchestra

The Late Late Show with James Corden(2015-)

TV-14
| 40min per episode | Talk-Show
2.8/5 (with 45 votes)

Once Craig Ferguson retires, James Corden will be taking over The Late Late Show. The show is a late night talk show that interviews celebrities and has its own bits. And of course, it's all hosted by James Corden.

Beyond Stranger Things(2017)

TV-14
| 21min per episode | Talk-Show
3.8/5 (with 37 votes)

Secrets from the "Stranger Things 2" universe are revealed as cast and guests discuss the latest episodes with host Jim Rash. Caution: spoilers ahead!

Da Ali G Show(2000-2004)

30min per episode | Comedy, Talk-Show
3.4/5 (with 37 votes)

Da Ali G Show is a British satirical television series created by and starring English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. In the series, Baron Cohen plays three unorthodox journalists: faux-streetwise poseur Ali G, Kazakh reporter Borat Sagdiyev, and gay Austrian fashion enthusiast Brüno Gehard. These characters conduct real interviews with unsuspecting people, many of whom are celebrities, high-ranking government officials, and other well-known figures, during which they are asked absurd and ridiculous questions.

The View(1997-)

TV-14
| 36min per episode | Talk-Show
2.3/5 (with 36 votes)

ABC Daytime's morning chatfest, currently featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, and Abby Huntsman, discussing the most exciting events of the day. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are all part of The View.

With Abby Huntsman

Penn & Teller: Fool Us(2011-)

TV-PG
| 43min per episode | Comedy, Talk-Show
3.6/5 (with 33 votes)

Illusionists Penn & Teller throw down the gauntlet to aspiring magicians to perform their most mystifying trick - and fool Penn and Teller. Penn & Teller have no prior knowledge of either the performers or the planned trick. They sit in the audience just like everyone else, watching every move the guest magicians make. If any illusionist fools the professionals, they win a five star trip to Las Vegas to perform as the opening act in Penn & Teller's world famous show at the Rio Hotel & Casino.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee(2016-2022)

21min per episode | News, Talk-Show
3.1/5 (with 33 votes)

Samantha Bee breaks up late-night's all-male sausage fest with her nuanced view of political and cultural issues, her sharp interview skills, her repartee with world leaders and, of course, her 10-pound lady balls.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(1992-2013)

1h 3min per episode | Talk-Show, Comedy
2.7/5 (with 33 votes)

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that initially aired from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. The fourth incarnation of the Tonight Show franchise made its debut on May 25, 1992, three days following Johnny Carson's retirement as host of the program. The program originates from NBC Studios in Burbank, California, and is broadcast Monday through Friday at 11:35 PM in the Eastern and Pacific time zones. Unlike Carson or his predecessor Jack Paar, Leno only once utilized a guest host, preferring to host the series by himself.On April 26, 1999, the show began broadcasting in 1080i HDTV, becoming the first American nightly talk show to be shot in high definition. The show is shot in 16:9 aspect ratio.The series, which followed the same basic format as that of his predecessors, ran until May 29, 2009, after which Leno was succeeded by Conan O'Brien. NBC signed Leno to a new deal for a nightly talk show in the 10:00 pm ET timeslot. The primetime series, titled The Jay Leno Show, debuted on September 14, 2009, following a similar format to the Leno incarnation of Tonight.

With Branford Marsalis, Rickey Minor, Kevin Eubanks

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon(2009)

1h per episode | Talk-Show
3.1/5 (with 31 votes)

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show airing weeknights at 12:35 am Eastern/11:35 pm Central on NBC in the United States. The hour-long show premiered on March 2, 2009, and is hosted by actor, comedian and performer Jimmy Fallon, an alumnus of Saturday Night Live. Hip hop/neo soul band The Roots serve as the show's house band, and Steve Higgins is the show's announcer.The third incarnation of the Late Night franchise originated by David Letterman, the program originates from NBC Studio 6B in the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City. The show typically opens with a brief monologue from Fallon, followed by a comedy "desk piece," as well as prerecorded segments and audience competitions. The next segment is devoted to a celebrity interview, with guests ranging from actors and musicians to media personalities and political figures. The show then closes with either a musical or comedy performance. The show frequently employs digital media into its comedy, which has become crucial to its success. Fallon has been appointed to become the next host of The Tonight Show, where he will succeed the current host Jay Leno at the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Olympics, with fellow SNL alum Seth Meyers slated to replace Fallon.

With house band

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson(2005-2014)

1h per episode | Comedy, Talk-Show
3.6/5 (with 31 votes)

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is an American late-night talk show hosted by Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson, who is the third regular host of the Late Late Show franchise. It follows Late Show with David Letterman in the CBS late-night lineup, airing weekdays in the US at 12:37 a.m. It is taped in front of a live studio audience from Monday to Friday at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California, directly above the Bob Barker Studio. It is produced by David Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants Incorporated and CBS Television Studios.Since becoming host on January 3, 2005, after Craig Kilborn and Tom Snyder, Ferguson has achieved the highest ratings since the show's inception in 1995. While the majority of the episodes focus on comedy, Ferguson has also addressed difficult subject matter, such as the deaths of his parents, and undertaken serious interviews, such as one with Desmond Tutu, which earned the show a 2009 Peabody Award.

With Geoff Peterson

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis(2008-2018)

4min per episode | Comedy, Talk-Show
3.8/5 (with 27 votes)

Host Zach Galifianakis conducts celebrity interviews sitting with his guests between two potted ferns.

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien(2009-2010)

1h per episode | Talk-Show, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 25 votes)

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show that featured Conan O'Brien as host from June 1, 2009 to January 22, 2010 as part of NBC's long-running Tonight Show franchise. The program's host, Conan O'Brien, previously hosted NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, which followed The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for 16 years, until O'Brien's brief succession over Leno.Many members of the Late Night cast and crew made the transition to The Tonight Show. The Max Weinberg 7, the house band from O'Brien's Late Night, served as the house band under the new name, Max Weinberg and The Tonight Show Band. Andy Richter returned to the show as announcer, and also began resuming his role as sidekick, shortly before the show's conclusion. The opening and closing theme song from Late Night was also carried over to Tonight, in a slightly altered form.In January 2010, after the show had been on the air for seven months, it was announced that NBC was intending to move Jay Leno from primetime back to his original timeslot at 11:35 pm, with O'Brien's show starting shortly after midnight. In response to the announcement, O'Brien released a press statement saying that he would not continue as host of The Tonight Show if it was moved to any time after midnight to accommodate The Jay Leno Show. He feared it would ruin the long and rich tradition of The Tonight Show. It had been on after the late local newscasts from the beginning. After two weeks of negotiations, NBC announced that they had paid $45 million to buy out O'Brien's contract, ending both his tenure as host as well as his relationship with NBC after 22 years.

With Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown(2013-)

47min per episode | Comedy, Reality-TV, Talk-Show
3.7/5 (with 25 votes)

Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock and Jon Richardson take on the famous words and numbers quiz.

Chelsea(2016-2017)

TV-MA
| 1h per episode | Talk-Show
2.6/5 (with 23 votes)

It's not her first talk show, but it is a first of its kind. Ideas, people and places that fascinate her, all in her unique style.

Dr. Phil(2002-)

TV-PG
| 1h per episode | Talk-Show
2.4/5 (with 23 votes)

Using the power of television, Dr. Phil McGraw presents compelling stories about real people with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems, stripping away the shame and embarrassment that too often keep people from seeking help. Its a show that is suppose to help people with their problems and to find a solution on live TV .

Half in the Bag(2011-)

TV-MA
| Talk-Show, Comedy
4.0/5 (with 22 votes)

Two VCR repairmen, Mike and Jay, scam an elderly man out of his fortune by discussing movies while on the job, and occasionally go on eccentric misadventures.

Bill Nye Saves the World(2017-2018)

TV-14
| 30min per episode | Comedy, Talk-Show
1.8/5 (with 22 votes)

Bill Nye explores science and its impact on politics, society and pop culture. Each episode tackles a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.

With Karlie Kloss, Derek Muller, Nazeem Hussain, Emily Calandrelli, Joanna Hausmann

Rachael Ray(2006-)

1h per episode | Talk-Show
2.5/5 (with 21 votes)

Rachael Ray, also known as The Rachael Ray Show, is an American talk show starring Rachael Ray that debuted in syndication in the United States and Canada on September 18, 2006. It is filmed at Chelsea Television Studios in New York City. The show's 8th season premiered on September 9, 2013, and became the last Harpo show in syndication to switch to HD with a revamped studio. In January 2012, CBS Television Distribution announced a two-year renewal for the show, taking it through the 2013–14 season.

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