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.

About This Genre
All Access
All Access
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Rachel Maddow Show
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Night with Seth Meyers
UnSung
UnSung
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Chris Gethard Show
The Chris Gethard Show
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
A Football Life
A Football Life
Big Brother After Dark
Big Brother After Dark
Conan
Conan
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The View
The View
Flea Market Flip
Flea Market Flip
NBC TODAY Show
NBC TODAY Show
Feherty
Feherty
LazyTown
LazyTown
Watch What Happens: Live
Watch What Happens: Live
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
PBS Newshour
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Dr. Phil Show
Love Connection
All In With Chris Hayes
The Big Interview
The Big Gay Sketch Show
Airplane Repo
Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian
Maury
The Mind of a Chef
Container Wars
Undeniable with Joe Buck
Tavis Smiley
The Whitest Kids U Know
Jerry Springer
After the Thrones
The Steve Wilkos Show
MANswers
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Salvage Dawgs
Kocktails with Khloe
Fast Money
T.D. Jakes
The Talk
The Real
TEDTalks
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Comedy Central Roast
Dennis Miller Live
Upright Citizens Brigade
Milton Berle Show
Live! with Kelly
Anderson Cooper 360
First Take
Today's Take
Lucas Oil AMA Motocross
The 700 Club
Dev
Squawk Box
Larrymania
The Doctors
Inside the Actors Studio
The Chew
Talking Dead
Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons
The Writers' Room
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
E:60
Long Way Up
Just Josh
Nancy Grace
The Morning After
Chumel con Chumel Torres
The Jonathan Ross Show
Clean Break
ESPN FC
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Sports Dads
The Dick Cavett Show
Katie
The Dr. Oz Show
The Kids In The Hall
IndyCar Chronicles
TMZ Live
The Wendy Williams Show
The Graham Norton Show
Behind the Scenes
106 and Park
Tyra Banks Show
My Black is Beautiful
Color TV
King of the Cage
SportsNation
The Key of David
Ricki Lake
The Five
Erin Burnett OutFront
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
VICE News