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
NBC TODAY Show
NBC TODAY Show
UnSung
UnSung
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
Flea Market Flip
Flea Market Flip
The Talk
The Talk
GMA Live!
GMA Live!
Anderson Cooper 360
Anderson Cooper 360
The View
The View
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Feherty
Feherty
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Comedy Central Roast
Comedy Central Roast
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Bellator MMA Live
Bellator MMA Live
The Chew
The Chew
Amber Rose Show
Amber Rose Show
Watch What Happens: Live
Watch What Happens: Live
A Football Life
A Football Life
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Today
Today
Dr. Phil Show
Dr. Phil Show
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Larrymania
Larrymania
Big Brother After Dark
Big Brother After Dark
The Big Gay Sketch Show
The Big Gay Sketch Show
The Steve Wilkos Show
The Steve Wilkos Show
Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer
Maury
Maury
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Rachel Maddow Show
Conan
Conan
106 and Park
106 and Park
The Wendy Williams Show
The Wendy Williams Show
LazyTown
LazyTown
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
MANswers
MANswers
Urban Tarzan
Urban Tarzan
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Hannity
Hannity
Fox Sports Live
Fox Sports Live
The Real
The Real
Nancy Grace
Nancy Grace
That Metal Show
That Metal Show
The Kids In The Hall
The Kids In The Hall
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Fox Business Network Live
Fox Business Network Live
Larry King Now
Larry King Now
Magic Man
Magic Man
Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off
Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off
The Dick Cavett Show
The Dick Cavett Show
Not Safe with Nikki Glaser
Not Safe with Nikki Glaser
After the Thrones
After the Thrones
The Kelly File
The Kelly File
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
TMZ Live
TMZ Live
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
The Meredith Vieira Show
The Meredith Vieira Show
Live! with Kelly
Live! with Kelly
The Doctors
The Doctors
PewDiePie
PewDiePie
Rachael Ray
Rachael Ray
The O'Reilly Factor
The O'Reilly Factor
NASCAR Raceday on FOX Sports 1
NASCAR Raceday on FOX Sports 1
Lucas Oil AMA Motocross
Lucas Oil AMA Motocross
Fox Sports 1 on 1
Fox Sports 1 on 1
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show
First Take
First Take
Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes
TEDTalks
TEDTalks
The Key of David
The Key of David
Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake
TeenNick Top 10
TeenNick Top 10
On Cinema
On Cinema
FABLife
FABLife
X-Play
X-Play
Color TV
Color TV
Larry King Live
Larry King Live
The Five
The Five
Talking Dead
Talking Dead
Katie
Katie
Mike & Mike
Mike & Mike
Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman
The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
All Access
All Access
NASCAR Victory Lane
NASCAR Victory Lane
The Suze Orman Show
The Suze Orman Show
SportsNation
SportsNation
The 700 Club
The 700 Club
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Oprah's Lifeclass
Oprah's Lifeclass
L.A. Hair
L.A. Hair
Dev
Dev
Dish Nation
Dish Nation
The Live Show
The Live Show