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
Dr. Phil Show
Dr. Phil Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The View
The View
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
UnSung
UnSung
The Talk
The Talk
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
A Football Life
A Football Life
Flea Market Flip
Flea Market Flip
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
L.A. Hair
L.A. Hair
The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show
Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian
Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian
Watch What Happens: Live
Watch What Happens: Live
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
Comedy Central Roast
Comedy Central Roast
The Chew
The Chew
LazyTown
LazyTown
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Rachel Maddow Show
Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer
Salvage Dawgs
Salvage Dawgs
Container Wars
Container Wars
Maury
Maury
MANswers
MANswers
The Steve Wilkos Show
The Steve Wilkos Show
Fox Sports Live
Fox Sports Live
T.D. Jakes
T.D. Jakes
Feherty
Feherty
Conan
Conan
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Anderson Cooper 360
Anderson Cooper 360
The Real
The Real
The Wendy Williams Show
The Wendy Williams Show
All Access
All Access
The Dick Cavett Show
The Dick Cavett Show
Harry
Harry
The Big Interview
The Big Interview
Orange County Choppers
Orange County Choppers
Last Call with Carson Daly
Last Call with Carson Daly
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Live! with Kelly
Live! with Kelly
VH1 Live!
VH1 Live!
Talking Dead
Talking Dead
Super Bowl Tonight
Super Bowl Tonight
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Upright Citizens Brigade
Upright Citizens Brigade
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Katie
Katie
NBC TODAY Show
NBC TODAY Show
Larrymania
Larrymania
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Milton Berle Show
Milton Berle Show
TEDTalks
TEDTalks
First Take
First Take
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
Fashion Police
Fashion Police
The Doctors
The Doctors
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake
Today's Take
Today's Take
Rachael Ray
Rachael Ray
Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman
Inside the Actors Studio
Inside the Actors Studio
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The Jay Leno Show
The Jay Leno Show
GMA Live!
GMA Live!
Mollie B Polka Party
Mollie B Polka Party
All In With Chris Hayes
All In With Chris Hayes
The Robert Irvine Show
The Robert Irvine Show
The Kids In The Hall
The Kids In The Hall
VICE News
VICE News
Color TV
Color TV
The Ricki Lake Show
The Ricki Lake Show
PewDiePie
PewDiePie
The Golf Fix
The Golf Fix
Hannity
Hannity
The O'Reilly Factor
The O'Reilly Factor
Comedians of Comedy
Comedians of Comedy
Nancy Grace
Nancy Grace
106 and Park
106 and Park
Tyra Banks Show
Tyra Banks Show
The Five
The Five
Friday Night Fights
Friday Night Fights
TeenNick Top 10
TeenNick Top 10
TMZ Live
TMZ Live
Un Nuevo Día
Un Nuevo Día
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Morning After
The Morning After
Piers Morgan Tonight
Piers Morgan Tonight
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
Live From the Red Carpet
Live From the Red Carpet
Erin Burnett OutFront
Erin Burnett OutFront
Pass Time
Pass Time
Just Josh
Just Josh