Talk & Interview TV Shows

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About Talk & Interview

In its most basic sense, a TV talk show involves a host who interviews a series of guests. The talk show is one of the oldest of TV genres, and some of today's talk shows still resemble the talk shows of TV's early days. Over the decades, however, the talk-show genre has splintered and evolved along several different tracks, so that now there are several distinct varieties of talk show.

"The Tonight Show" on NBC has aired continuously since 1954, making it the longest-running talk show on TV. "The Tonight Show" is responsible for developing the format of the late-night talk show, which typically includes an opening monologue, interviews, musical performances and comedy skits. This format is still followed by most late-night talk shows, including those hosted by David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel.

Early-morning talk shows are typically more news-oriented, although they traditionally also include interviews, musical performances and lifestyle features; "Today" and "Good Morning, America" are popular examples of this subgenre. Talk shows that air later in the day are less likely to delve into news or current events, instead focusing on celebrity interviews, lifestyle features and self-help topics; Oprah Winfrey and Ellen Degeneres have hosted immensely popular examples of this subgenre.

Politically-oriented talk shows on cable news networks - and on Sunday morning on broadcast networks - usually stay away from entertainment and lifestyle topics and stick to serious matters. Politically-oriented comedy talk shows, like "The Daily Show" or "The Colbert Report," however, bridge the gap between entertainment and political talk.

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Dr. Phil Show
Dr. Phil Show
Conan
Conan
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Fox Sports Live
Fox Sports Live
The Talk
The Talk
The View
The View
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Talking Dead
Talking Dead
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Wendy Williams Show
The Wendy Williams Show
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
UnSung
UnSung
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
NBC TODAY Show
NBC TODAY Show
That Metal Show
That Metal Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
GMA Live!
GMA Live!
Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer
Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman
The Chew
The Chew
The Real
The Real
Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Maury
Maury
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
TEDTalks
TEDTalks
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
NBA Tonight
NBA Tonight
O'Reilly Factor
O'Reilly Factor
A Football Life
A Football Life
The Queen Latifah Show
The Queen Latifah Show
The Five
The Five
The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show
Watch What Happens: Live
Watch What Happens: Live
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Rachel Maddow Show
Top 25 College Football Games
Top 25 College Football Games
Nancy Grace
Nancy Grace
Fox Sports 1 on 1
Fox Sports 1 on 1
The Steve Wilkos Show
The Steve Wilkos Show
Dish Nation
Dish Nation
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Most Popular on YouTube Right Now
Most Popular on YouTube Right Now
106 and Park
106 and Park
TeenNick Top 10
TeenNick Top 10
Red Eye
Red Eye
Larrymania
Larrymania
TMZ Live
TMZ Live
Feherty
Feherty
At the Movies
At the Movies
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
The Doctors
The Doctors
Larry King Now
Larry King Now
MANswers
MANswers
Last Call with Carson Daly
Last Call with Carson Daly
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
The Soup
The Soup
ACC Championship Game
ACC Championship Game
Live! with Kelly
Live! with Kelly
Threesome
Threesome
Mike & Mike
Mike & Mike
The Kelly File
The Kelly File
Comedy Central Roast
Comedy Central Roast
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Inside the Actors Studio
Inside the Actors Studio
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Mollie B Polka Party
Mollie B Polka Party
PewDiePie
PewDiePie
Flea Market Flip
Flea Market Flip
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Tattoo Nightmares
Tattoo Nightmares
The Huckabee Show
The Huckabee Show
Smosh
Smosh
VICE News
VICE News
The Steve Harvey Project
The Steve Harvey Project
Comedy Bang! Bang!
Comedy Bang! Bang!
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Mob Wives: The Sit Down
Mob Wives: The Sit Down
The Big Gay Sketch Show
The Big Gay Sketch Show
Katie
Katie
CBS Sports Special
CBS Sports Special
The Suze Orman Show
The Suze Orman Show
Anderson Cooper 360
Anderson Cooper 360
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Swamp Hunters
Swamp Hunters
The Arsenio Hall Show
The Arsenio Hall Show
Oprah's Lifeclass
Oprah's Lifeclass
All Access
All Access
Anderson
Anderson
Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes
LazyTown
LazyTown
Salvage Dawgs
Salvage Dawgs
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Electric Playground
The Electric Playground
Fashion Police
Fashion Police
L.A. Hair
L.A. Hair
Broadway or Bust
Broadway or Bust