Here is a list of the 10 best TV talk shows. If you’re a talk show fan, you probably have your own list of favorites. Top ten lists are generally subjective, but they’re fun to read, discuss, and debate.
In the talk-show genre, we have daytime talk, primetime talk, and late night talk. So it’s possible to separate a top ten list into the various categories. But "CBS Interactive: TV" mixes it up, for a list of the most popular television talk shows across the board.
"CBS Interactive: TV" is an interactive website where fans can watch their favorite television shows online, talk to other fans through blogs and chat rooms, get celebrity news and updates, and a lot more. According to their polls and program views, here are the ten best TV talk shows airing today.
- “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” an award-winning favorite for more than two decades, remains tops with TV viewers. On this Chicago-based daytime show, Winfrey invites guests to discuss a controversial or sensational topic before a studio audience. After twenty-five years on the air, Winfrey will end her popular show with a 2010 farewell season.
- “The Tyra Banks Show.” After five seasons and two Emmy awards, former supermodel Tyra Banks said goodbye to her talk show in the spring of 2010. However, the re-runs still rank high among talk show viewers, particularly the ladies. According to Warner Bros., "The Tyra Banks Show" gives young women the ‘girlfriend’ they want to hang out with.”
- “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has won numerous awards since “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” premiered in 2003. Guests of her show include both big-time celebrities and ordinary folks, and her interview style and presence has won her the title “queen of nice.”
- “The View.” Since 1997, “The View” has featured Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira, Lisa Ling, Debbie Matenopoulos, and several guest hosts. Hollywood celebrities and Reality TV are hot topics on this daytime talk show.
- “The Doctors.” “The Doctors” are known as “America’s medical dream team.” This relatively new TV talk show, which premiered in 2008, features a team of medical professionals who discuss various medical conditions and health-related topics. They also answer questions from viewers who are too embarrassed to talk to their own doctors.
- “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” has been entertaining television viewers since 1992. After Johnny Carson retired from this long-running show, Leno stepped in as his replacement, but the format remains the same—a funny monologue followed by celebrity interviews, musical performances, and comic sketches.
- “America’s Test Kitchen.” “America’s Test Kitchen" also ranks high among talk show fans. The half-hour cooking show is distributed to public television. A typical episode features two or three recipes linked by a common theme. The host, Christopher Kimball, leads in a discussion about problems and solutions for “making a bad recipe the right way.”
- “Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.” “Friday Night With Jonathan Ross” was a British comedy talk show that ended in July 2010, after nine seasons. The show, still ranked in the top ten, featured the host’s take on current events and topics, guest interviews, and live music. Ross was known for his curious pronunciations, flamboyant dress, and distinctive long hair style.
- “The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson.” Emmy-nominated “The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson” is a late night talk show that ranks among the best. Ferguson, a Scottish American comedian, is the third host of this late night franchise. He begins his show with an improvised monologue before interviewing one or two celebrities. The program also features comic sketches, musical performances, and interactions with the audience.
- “Live With Regis And Kelly.” “Live With Regis and Kelly” is a syndicated morning talk show hosted by Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa. The show, originally called “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee” when Kathie Lee Gifford was a co-host, premiered in New York in 1983 and nationwide in 1988. Through the years, the show has consistently rated among the top daytime talk shows.