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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A Football Life
A Football Life
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Dr. Phil Show
Dr. Phil Show
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Night with Seth Meyers
UnSung
UnSung
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
The Talk
The Talk
NBC TODAY Show
NBC TODAY Show
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Talking Dead
Talking Dead
The Dick Cavett Show
The Dick Cavett Show
The View
The View
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
Bellator MMA Live
Bellator MMA Live
Comedy Central Roast
Comedy Central Roast
Flea Market Flip
Flea Market Flip
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
The Chew
The Chew
Watch What Happens: Live
Watch What Happens: Live
Dish Nation
Dish Nation
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
All Access
All Access
LazyTown
LazyTown
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Fashion Police
Fashion Police
T.D. Jakes
T.D. Jakes
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
MANswers
MANswers
The Steve Wilkos Show
The Steve Wilkos Show
Maury
Maury
Milton Berle Show
Milton Berle Show
Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
The Big Gay Sketch Show
The Big Gay Sketch Show
Urban Tarzan
Urban Tarzan
Larrymania
Larrymania
The Real
The Real
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Rachel Maddow Show
GMA Live!
GMA Live!
Feherty
Feherty
Last Call with Carson Daly
Last Call with Carson Daly
L.A. Hair
L.A. Hair
Salvage Dawgs
Salvage Dawgs
Container Wars
Container Wars
Orange County Choppers
Orange County Choppers
The Wendy Williams Show
The Wendy Williams Show
The Doctors
The Doctors
Harry
Harry
Anderson Cooper 360
Anderson Cooper 360
Hannity
Hannity
That Metal Show
That Metal Show
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Tattoo Nightmares
Tattoo Nightmares
PBS Arts Fall Festival
PBS Arts Fall Festival
Fox Sports Live
Fox Sports Live
ACC Championship Game
ACC Championship Game
First Take
First Take
TeenNick Top 10
TeenNick Top 10
Star Stories
Star Stories
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Sex with Brody
Sex with Brody
Guy Code vs. Girl Code
Guy Code vs. Girl Code
You Can Do Better
You Can Do Better
The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show
The Kelly File
The Kelly File
Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake
College GameDay
College GameDay
VH1 Live!
VH1 Live!
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
The 700 Club
The 700 Club
Rachael Ray
Rachael Ray
TEDTalks
TEDTalks
Live! with Kelly
Live! with Kelly
TMZ Live
TMZ Live
Saturday College Football
Saturday College Football
Pac-12 College Football
Pac-12 College Football
Squawk Box
Squawk Box
Today's Take
Today's Take
Katie
Katie
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The Writers' Room
The Writers' Room
All In With Chris Hayes
All In With Chris Hayes
Inside the Actors Studio
Inside the Actors Studio
The Ricki Lake Show
The Ricki Lake Show
The Robert Irvine Show
The Robert Irvine Show
The Wendy Williams Experience
The Wendy Williams Experience
VICE News
VICE News
Mob Wives: The Sit Down
Mob Wives: The Sit Down
Mollie B Polka Party
Mollie B Polka Party
The Key of David
The Key of David
Chelsea
Chelsea
Skip and Shannon: Undisputed
Skip and Shannon: Undisputed
The O'Reilly Factor
The O'Reilly Factor
Color TV
Color TV
106 and Park
106 and Park
Upright Citizens Brigade
Upright Citizens Brigade