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5 Longest Running Talk Shows on US Television


Talk shows have become very popular and influential programmes especially in America. Most of them involve one person who moderates the show or a group of people who engaged in a discussion. Guests are normally invited to contribute to a particular topic or to talk about their work. They mostly have a studio audience that is normally engaged in games and competitions or by asking the guest questions. Common topics covered include politics, entertainment, sports and lifestyle. Since the ‘talk show’ format was started in America, many shows have been created and some have gone on to air for many years. These are the longest running talk shows – late night and daytime talk shows on US Television.


5. The View

The view is a talk show co-hosted by a panel of women who discuss a variety of social, political and entertainment news. It first aired on 11th August 1997 on ABC. As of 30th January 2017, it has produced 20 seasons consisting of 4411 episodes; is still in production. The show was created by Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie. Barbara also served in the original panel with Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar, Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos. The current panel consists of Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symone and Candace Cameron Bure. From season 13, the show started featuring guest male hosts. It is recorded at ABC Television Center in New York City

4. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson


Johnny Carson’s tonight show aired 30 seasons that consisted of 4531 episodes. It aired from 1st October 1962 to 22 May 1992 on NBC. The show is hailed as having established the modern format of late-night talk shows that entails a monologue, sketch comedy, guest interviews and musical or comedy performances. The show was recorded in NBC Studios in New York City until 1972 when it moved to NBC Studios in Burbank, California. Its move to Burbank contributed a lot to the realignment of American pop culture from East Coast to West Coast The show was very successful and it helped establish Carson as one of the biggest figures in entertainment in the 20th century.

3. The Oprah Winfrey Show


The Oprah Winfrey Show was a talk show hosted by Oprah Winfrey that ran from 8th September 1986 to 25th May 2011. It aired 4561 episodes for the 25 seasons it was produced. Recording took place in Chicago, Illinois. The show became the highest-rated talk show in TV history. It helped establish Winfrey as one of the most powerful and wealthy person in show business and the most influential woman in America. It was broadcast around the world in 134 countries and drew an estimated weekly audience of 46 million viewers in the United States alone. Apart from interviewing powerful personalities, the show was known for promoting products and for entailing self-improvement segments.

2. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno


The Show ran for 22 episodes that consisted of 4610 episodes. It had two incarnations with the first airing between 25th May 1992 and 29th May 2009 while the second aired between 1st March 2010 and 6th February 2014. The show was preceded by The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Jay Leno took hosting responsibilities three days after Johnny Carson’s retirement. It was recorded at NBC Studios in Burbank, California and aired on NBC. It was succeeded by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It was often ranked the no. 1 among late night talk shows, and second amongst longest running talk shows on US Television.

1. Larry King Live


Larry King live began airing on CNN on June 3rd 1985 with an interview of the then-Governor of New York Mario Cuomo. It was on air for 25 years and produced 6120 episodes. It featured interviews with movies stars, world leaders, politicians, musicians and other news-makers. Because of Larry King’s straightforward and non-confrontational interview style, he was able to land big guests. It had regular guest hosts with Ryan Seacrest, Geraldo Rivera and Nancy Grace having hosted the most episodes. On 29th June 2010, King announced that the show would be coming to an end and the last episode aired on 18th December 2010. The last show featured appearances by Ryan Seacrest, Donald Trump, former president Bill Clinton via satellite and President Barack Obama (in a pre-recorded video) among others. It was one of the longest running talk shows on US Television.
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