Talk & Interview TV Shows

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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Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Dr. Phil Show
Dr. Phil Show
UnSung
UnSung
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
A Football Life
A Football Life
NBC TODAY Show
NBC TODAY Show
The View
The View
The Real
The Real
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian
Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian
Harry
Harry
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Night with Seth Meyers
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
The Talk
The Talk
L.A. Hair
L.A. Hair
Flea Market Flip
Flea Market Flip
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
The Doctors
The Doctors
LazyTown
LazyTown
Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer
The Chew
The Chew
Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian
Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Watch What Happens: Live
Watch What Happens: Live
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Rachel Maddow Show
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
After the Thrones
After the Thrones
All Access
All Access
That Metal Show
That Metal Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Comedy Central Roast
Comedy Central Roast
Salvage Dawgs
Salvage Dawgs
Maury
Maury
Conan
Conan
Fashion Police
Fashion Police
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Larrymania
Larrymania
T.D. Jakes
T.D. Jakes
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
The Steve Wilkos Show
The Steve Wilkos Show
Fox Sports Live
Fox Sports Live
The Wendy Williams Show
The Wendy Williams Show
MANswers
MANswers
The Big Gay Sketch Show
The Big Gay Sketch Show
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
Dish Nation
Dish Nation
Live! with Kelly
Live! with Kelly
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Feherty
Feherty
Tattoo Nightmares
Tattoo Nightmares
Guy Code vs. Girl Code
Guy Code vs. Girl Code
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Anderson Cooper 360
Anderson Cooper 360
First Take
First Take
The Dick Cavett Show
The Dick Cavett Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Katie
Katie
Wild 'N On Tour
Wild 'N On Tour
Diggers
Diggers
Urban Tarzan
Urban Tarzan
Orange County Choppers
Orange County Choppers
On Cinema
On Cinema
Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens
Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens
Hannity
Hannity
Rachael Ray
Rachael Ray
Inside the Actors Studio
Inside the Actors Studio
TMZ Live
TMZ Live
The Jonathan Ross Show
The Jonathan Ross Show
GMA Live!
GMA Live!
Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
VH1 Live!
VH1 Live!
Color TV
Color TV
The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show
TEDTalks
TEDTalks
VICE News
VICE News
Nancy Grace
Nancy Grace
Big Brother After Dark
Big Brother After Dark
The Kids In The Hall
The Kids In The Hall
Just Josh
Just Josh
Milton Berle Show
Milton Berle Show
The Queen Latifah Show
The Queen Latifah Show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Last Call with Carson Daly
Last Call with Carson Daly
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
106 and Park
106 and Park
Live From the Red Carpet
Live From the Red Carpet
The Five
The Five
Talking Dead
Talking Dead
TeenNick Top 10
TeenNick Top 10
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NBA Tonight
NBA Tonight
PewDiePie
PewDiePie
The Kelly File
The Kelly File
The Key of David
The Key of David
Skip and Shannon: Undisputed
Skip and Shannon: Undisputed
The Wendy Williams Experience
The Wendy Williams Experience
Dev
Dev
The Ricki Lake Show
The Ricki Lake Show