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
The Talk
The Talk
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Feherty
Feherty
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
UnSung
UnSung
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
Comedy Central Roast
Comedy Central Roast
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Talking Dead
Talking Dead
Flea Market Flip
Flea Market Flip
Dr. Phil Show
Dr. Phil Show
Conan
Conan
Watch What Happens: Live
Watch What Happens: Live
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Rachel Maddow Show
A Football Life
The Chew
Jerry Springer
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
The Graham Norton Show
LazyTown
That Metal Show
L.A. Hair
Airplane Repo
Graveyard Carz
All Access
Maury
Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian
The Mind of a Chef
MANswers
Fox Business Network Live
T.D. Jakes
The Steve Wilkos Show
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Kocktails with Khloe
Salvage Dawgs
The Big Gay Sketch Show
Tattoo Nightmares
Urban Tarzan
Orange County Choppers
Guy Code vs. Girl Code
Live! with Kelly
Anderson Cooper 360
First Take
The Real
VH1 Live!
TEDTalks
NBC TODAY Show
The Wendy Williams Show
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
On Cinema
The Edward Snowden Interview
Undeniable with Joe Buck
Katie
Fox Sports Live
The Jonathan Ross Show
Harry
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
The Doctors
Larrymania
Mollie B Polka Party
VICE News
GMA Live!
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Rachael Ray
Today's Take
The Dr. Oz Show
King of the Cage
All In With Chris Hayes
Skip and Shannon: Undisputed
Ricki Lake
The Kids In The Hall
The Queen Latifah Show
TMZ Live
The Chris Gethard Show
The Dick Cavett Show
Hannity
Inside the Actors Studio
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The 700 Club
Movies 101
Tyra Banks Show
Oprah's Lifeclass
Un Nuevo Día
Tavis Smiley
Color TV
Big Brother After Dark
Fashion Police
Erin Burnett OutFront
The Key of David
The Robert Irvine Show
John Gray World
Upright Citizens Brigade
The Morning After