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
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The View
The View
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Talk
The Talk
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
UnSung
UnSung
A Football Life
A Football Life
Dr. Phil Show
Dr. Phil Show
Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer
Flea Market Flip
Flea Market Flip
Katie
Katie
All Access
All Access
The Steve Wilkos Show
The Steve Wilkos Show
Maury
Maury
Feherty
Love Connection
Planet of the Apps
Airplane Repo
Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian
The Real
Graveyard Carz
Orange County Choppers
The Chew
Urban Tarzan
LazyTown
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Anderson Cooper 360
Comedy Central Roast
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
T.D. Jakes
TEDTalks
Guy Code vs. Girl Code
Kocktails with Khloe
The Mind of a Chef
L.A. Hair
Conan
First Take
Color TV
Hannity
All In With Chris Hayes
Upright Citizens Brigade
Charlie Rose
The Doctors
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Wendy Williams Show
Lucas Oil AMA Motocross
The Graham Norton Show
NBC TODAY Show
VH1 Live!
Larrymania
VICE News
On Cinema
Watch What Happens: Live
The Jonathan Ross Show
Talking Saul
The Kids In The Hall
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Skip and Shannon: Undisputed
Live! with Kelly
Oprah's Lifeclass
The Dr. Oz Show
Talking Dead
The Key of David
Late Show with David Letterman
Inside the Actors Studio
MANswers
International Isle of Man TT Race
GMA Live!
The Robert Irvine Show
The Chris Gethard Show
Comedians of Comedy
Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons
The Writers' Room
Dennis Miller Live
Long Way Up
Just Josh
The Morning After
Chumel con Chumel Torres
The Whitest Kids U Know
Clean Break
Sports Dads
The Dick Cavett Show
Milton Berle Show
SportsNation
After the Thrones
IndyCar Chronicles
The Jay Leno Show
Big Brother After Dark
Mollie B Polka Party
106 and Park
Nancy Grace
Dev
TeenNick Top 10
TMZ Live