Talk & Interview TV Shows

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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 Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
That Metal Show
That Metal Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Fox Sports 1 on 1
Fox Sports 1 on 1
UnSung
UnSung
The View
The View
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Fashion Police
Fashion Police
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
SEC Now
SEC Now
The Wendy Williams Show
The Wendy Williams Show
The Talk
The Talk
Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
Conan
Conan
Maury
Maury
Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman
NASCAR Raceday on FOX Sports 1
NASCAR Raceday on FOX Sports 1
The Steve Wilkos Show
The Steve Wilkos Show
The Real
The Real
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey
Live From the Red Carpet
Live From the Red Carpet
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
The Chew
The Chew
TEDTalks
TEDTalks
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Five
The Five
Flea Market Flip
Flea Market Flip
Talking Dead
Talking Dead
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
O'Reilly Factor
O'Reilly Factor
NBC TODAY Show
NBC TODAY Show
The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show
Larrymania
Larrymania
TeenNick Top 10
TeenNick Top 10
The Doctors
The Doctors
Dish Nation
Dish Nation
GMA Live!
GMA Live!
The Queen Latifah Show
The Queen Latifah Show
Live! with Kelly
Live! with Kelly
At the Movies
At the Movies
Threesome
Threesome
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Rachel Maddow Show
Inside the Actors Studio
Inside the Actors Studio
Fox Sports Live
Fox Sports Live
Watch What Happens: Live
Watch What Happens: Live
The Kelly File
The Kelly File
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Red Eye
Red Eye
TMZ Live
TMZ Live
Comedy Bang! Bang!
Comedy Bang! Bang!
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Larry King Now
Larry King Now
Mollie B Polka Party
Mollie B Polka Party
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Soup
The Soup
Barclays Premier League Review
Barclays Premier League Review
106 and Park
106 and Park
Oprah's Lifeclass
Oprah's Lifeclass
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
VICE News
VICE News
The Live Show
The Live Show
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Nancy Grace
Nancy Grace
The Suze Orman Show
The Suze Orman Show
Comedy Central Roast
Comedy Central Roast
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
Anderson Cooper 360
Anderson Cooper 360
NBA Tonight
NBA Tonight
CBS Sports Special
CBS Sports Special
Live From the Artists Den
Live From the Artists Den
LazyTown
LazyTown
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
A Football Life
A Football Life
Katie
Katie
Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
The Top 100 Players of 2013
The Top 100 Players of 2013
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
Container Wars
Container Wars
MANswers
MANswers
The Arsenio Hall Show
The Arsenio Hall Show
The Steve Harvey Project
The Steve Harvey Project
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Tattoo Nightmares
Tattoo Nightmares
Feherty
Feherty
All In With Chris Hayes
All In With Chris Hayes
The Mo'Nique Show
The Mo'Nique Show
Mike & Mike
Mike & Mike
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Racing
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Racing
Smosh
Smosh
PewDiePie
PewDiePie
The Wendy Williams Experience
The Wendy Williams Experience
The Big Gay Sketch Show
The Big Gay Sketch Show
Bellator MMA Live
Bellator MMA Live
Diggers
Diggers