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
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
NBC TODAY Show
NBC TODAY Show
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
The Talk
The Talk
Flea Market Flip
Flea Market Flip
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
GMA Live!
GMA Live!
All Access
All Access
A Football Life
A Football Life
Nancy Grace
Nancy Grace
Comedy Central Roast
Comedy Central Roast
Anderson Cooper 360
Anderson Cooper 360
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The View
The View
The Chew
The Chew
Dr. Phil Show
Dr. Phil Show
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Amber Rose Show
Amber Rose Show
VH1 Live!
VH1 Live!
Salvage Dawgs
Salvage Dawgs
Feherty
Feherty
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer
Big Brother After Dark
Big Brother After Dark
Conan
Conan
MANswers
MANswers
Watch What Happens: Live
Watch What Happens: Live
Larrymania
Larrymania
The Steve Wilkos Show
The Steve Wilkos Show
That Metal Show
That Metal Show
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show
The Dick Cavett Show
The Dick Cavett Show
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
L.A. Hair
L.A. Hair
Maury
Maury
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Rachel Maddow Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
Diggers
Diggers
Orange County Choppers
Orange County Choppers
Fox Business Network Live
Fox Business Network Live
The Big Gay Sketch Show
The Big Gay Sketch Show
Swamp Hunters
Swamp Hunters
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Guy Code vs. Girl Code
Guy Code vs. Girl Code
The Wendy Williams Show
The Wendy Williams Show
The Real
The Real
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
TEDTalks
TEDTalks
Container Wars
Container Wars
Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens
Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens
Sanya's Glam & Gold
Sanya's Glam & Gold
Chasing Nashville
Chasing Nashville
Not Safe with Nikki Glaser
Not Safe with Nikki Glaser
Lewis Black's Root of All Evil
Lewis Black's Root of All Evil
The Kids In The Hall
The Kids In The Hall
Bellator MMA Live
Bellator MMA Live
Urban Tarzan
Urban Tarzan
Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off
Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off
StarTalk
StarTalk
SyFy Presents Live from Comic-Con
SyFy Presents Live from Comic-Con
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Fox Sports Live
Fox Sports Live
The Doctors
The Doctors
Hannity
Hannity
Lucas Oil AMA Motocross
Lucas Oil AMA Motocross
TMZ Live
TMZ Live
Talking Dead
Talking Dead
All In With Chris Hayes
All In With Chris Hayes
Wild 'N On Tour
Wild 'N On Tour
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Oprah's Lifeclass
Oprah's Lifeclass
FABLife
FABLife
Color TV
Color TV
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Squawk Box
Squawk Box
First Take
First Take
The O'Reilly Factor
The O'Reilly Factor
Live! with Kelly
Live! with Kelly
The Five
The Five
Dish Nation
Dish Nation
Katie
Katie
NASCAR Race Hub
NASCAR Race Hub
Un Nuevo Día
Un Nuevo Día
Inside the Actors Studio
Inside the Actors Studio
Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Tyra Banks Show
Tyra Banks Show
The Ricki Lake Show
The Ricki Lake Show
The Kelly File
The Kelly File
The Meredith Vieira Show
The Meredith Vieira Show
TeenNick Top 10
TeenNick Top 10
Fantasy Football Live
Fantasy Football Live
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Ripley's Believe It or Not!