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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UnSung
UnSung
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Dr. Phil Show
Dr. Phil Show
Big Brother After Dark
Big Brother After Dark
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
NBC TODAY Show
NBC TODAY Show
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
The Steve Wilkos Show
The Steve Wilkos Show
Maury
Maury
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Flea Market Flip
Flea Market Flip
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
L.A. Hair
L.A. Hair
Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer
The Real
The Real
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
Larrymania
Larrymania
First Take
First Take
That Metal Show
That Metal Show
A Football Life
A Football Life
The Wendy Williams Show
The Wendy Williams Show
Conan
Conan
Nancy Grace
Nancy Grace
The Talk
The Talk
TEDTalks
TEDTalks
Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey
Comedy Central Roast
Comedy Central Roast
Feherty
Feherty
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Rachel Maddow Show
At the Movies
At the Movies
GMA Live!
GMA Live!
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
The Soup
The Soup
The Queen Latifah Show
The Queen Latifah Show
Smosh
Smosh
O'Reilly Factor
O'Reilly Factor
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
The Chew
The Chew
Fox Sports Live
Fox Sports Live
Live with Kelly & Michael
Live with Kelly & Michael
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
The View
The View
Larry King Now
Larry King Now
TeenNick Top 10
TeenNick Top 10
The Kelly File
The Kelly File
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Live! with Kelly
Live! with Kelly
Tattoo Nightmares
Tattoo Nightmares
MANswers
MANswers
Fox Sports 1 on 1
Fox Sports 1 on 1
Most Popular on YouTube Right Now
Most Popular on YouTube Right Now
Bellator MMA Live
Bellator MMA Live
TMZ Live
TMZ Live
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Oprah's Lifeclass
Oprah's Lifeclass
Talking Dead
Talking Dead
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
The Ricki Lake Show
The Ricki Lake Show
Watch What Happens: Live
Watch What Happens: Live
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Fashion Police
Fashion Police
Container Wars
Container Wars
Mike & Mike
Mike & Mike
The Doctors
The Doctors
Anderson Cooper 360
Anderson Cooper 360
Diggers
Diggers
NASCAR Victory Lane
NASCAR Victory Lane
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Dish Nation
Dish Nation
Failosophy
Failosophy
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
The Rosie Show
The Rosie Show
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Salvage Dawgs
Salvage Dawgs
PewDiePie
PewDiePie
All In With Chris Hayes
All In With Chris Hayes
The Key of David
The Key of David
106 and Park
106 and Park
The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show
Threesome
Threesome
ESPN FC
ESPN FC
SEC Now
SEC Now
After The Catch
After The Catch
Comedy Bang! Bang!
Comedy Bang! Bang!
NASCAR Raceday on FOX Sports 1
NASCAR Raceday on FOX Sports 1
VICE News
VICE News
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Dev
Dev
CONCACAF Champions League
CONCACAF Champions League
NFL Preseason Whiparound Coverage
NFL Preseason Whiparound Coverage
The Suze Orman Show
The Suze Orman Show
On Cinema
On Cinema
SportsNation
SportsNation
Inside the Actors Studio
Inside the Actors Studio
Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake