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.

About This Genre
UnSung
UnSung
Dr. Phil Show
Dr. Phil Show
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
The View
The View
Big Brother After Dark
Big Brother After Dark
NBC TODAY Show
NBC TODAY Show
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
The Chew
The Chew
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Flea Market Flip
Flea Market Flip
NASCAR Raceday on FOX Sports 1
NASCAR Raceday on FOX Sports 1
The Wendy Williams Show
The Wendy Williams Show
That Metal Show
That Metal Show
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Fox Sports 1 on 1
Fox Sports 1 on 1
Comedy Central Roast
Comedy Central Roast
Conan
Conan
The Steve Wilkos Show
The Steve Wilkos Show
Maury
Maury
The Real
The Real
The Soup
The Soup
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Rachel Maddow Show
Nancy Grace
Nancy Grace
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer
First Take
First Take
The Talk
The Talk
VICE News
VICE News
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
Live! with Kelly
Live! with Kelly
Watch What Happens: Live
Watch What Happens: Live
Larrymania
Larrymania
Fox Sports Live
Fox Sports Live
O'Reilly Factor
O'Reilly Factor
A Football Life
A Football Life
The Kelly File
The Kelly File
Feherty
Feherty
The Doctors
The Doctors
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
GMA Live!
GMA Live!
Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey
TEDTalks
TEDTalks
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
At the Movies
At the Movies
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Lucas Oil AMA Motocross
Lucas Oil AMA Motocross
Smosh
Smosh
MANswers
MANswers
106 and Park
106 and Park
The Queen Latifah Show
The Queen Latifah Show
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
TMZ Live
TMZ Live
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
Failosophy
Failosophy
Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman
In Performance at The White House
In Performance at The White House
Salvage Dawgs
Salvage Dawgs
The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show
PewDiePie
PewDiePie
Swamp Hunters
Swamp Hunters
NASCAR Victory Lane
NASCAR Victory Lane
Inside the Actors Studio
Inside the Actors Studio
Tattoo Nightmares
Tattoo Nightmares
Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake
Larry King Now
Larry King Now
Diggers
Diggers
Fight Night
Fight Night
Kris
Kris
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
All In With Chris Hayes
All In With Chris Hayes
SEC Now
SEC Now
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The Wendy Williams Experience
The Wendy Williams Experience
Fashion Police
Fashion Police
L.A. Hair
L.A. Hair
Diamond Divers
Diamond Divers
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Dish Nation
Dish Nation
The Big Gay Sketch Show
The Big Gay Sketch Show
LazyTown
LazyTown
Mob Wives: The Sit Down
Mob Wives: The Sit Down
Comedy Bang! Bang!
Comedy Bang! Bang!
Katie
Katie
Threesome
Threesome
All Access
All Access
Deep Fried Masters
Deep Fried Masters
Knife Fight
Knife Fight
NBA Tonight
NBA Tonight
The Suze Orman Show
The Suze Orman Show
StarTalk
StarTalk
Red Eye
Red Eye
Anderson Cooper 360
Anderson Cooper 360
Oprah's Lifeclass
Oprah's Lifeclass
Full Metal Jousting
Full Metal Jousting
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
The Live Show
The Live Show