Top Television Talk Shows

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1The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Ellen's sense of humour is just perfect for me. Watching her show makes me happy!

Ellen is HILARIOUS! She does fun stuff as well as the usual questions:P I LOVE HER! :P:P:P

Ellen is so much casual, she really connects with her guests, she listens to them! She's not like any other talk show hosters.

The most giving talk show host!

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2Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Conan is an extremely talented individual, he has really good writers, and was a writer for the simpsons for 4 years. My favourite talk show host by far, the guy can really jam at guitar. Plus andy is probably the best and wittiest side kick. Again, everything he does reflect his hard work, he made 'Conan' work on tbs after the whole late night fiasco, and is probably the most patient and content Talk show host. His shows are always hilarious.

Every episode of Conan is different and hilarious from the starting title. Conan always has his genius ways of kicking off the show with the ridiculous news of this country and making it funny. He also has really funny skits and unpredictable interviews. And don't forget the worlds best co-host the incredibly witty Andy Rictor. His endings are great with either new bands or starting comedians but it is amazing of him to give those young stars a chance to shine like he has.

No only is conan funny, he's an awesome guy with an awesome personality! He even has his own blimp, that should make him number 1 straight away!

He is funny especially when he makes fun of his executive producer Jordan

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3The Colbert Report

Its just great its the funniest talk show there is
Its brilliant in every way and is the best there is television has to offer
Its average rating is 9.0 way better than all the others

This show is always hilarious and interesting. Colbert always delivers the most amusing of information with a straight face and eloquent composure. Truly a great show.

Stephen Colbert is a genius. Honestly, his character never failed to make me smile. He changed the world, and I hope he continues to do so on The Late Show!

Love, love, love this show - he makes me laugh like no one else!

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4Jimmy Kimmel Live

Very funny, always make guets feel comfortable. Not like letterman which is a lot more bitter.

Funniest show on T.V.. Especially the pedestrian interviews those crack me up

Jimmy kimmel is a man who loves every one. also he has no problems talking to people. he has a personality that just makes you stop and listen to him and "you will like him" because he has such a beautiful personality. & funny

How is this 4th it is not good

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5The Late Show with David Letterman

I'm from the UK but I love to try to find this on YouTube etc, I watch all the people I know, he gets a lot out of the person being interviewed and he has a great sense of humour, he makes any other talk show look like a joke! David letterman for the world!

David letterman is a man I believe that would always speak and smile even if he did not know you. he has no certain group of people who he likes or dislikes. Look at all the different singers and bands and people on his talk shows

It's the perfect potion to cure my depression after along day at work with boring stupid people

It's a shame that he's retiring this year... - Pony

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6The Oprah Winfrey Show

I'm from Malaysia and I'm male but I love Oprah like no body business. She is awesome may God bless her for ever...

Oprah is the best talk show...
She have 25 of experience to become a host...
The show is so good! She help so many people...
Love oprah..
Oprah is the best ever host in the world.. She is on the list of influential people in the world!...

Oprah is the best that's why she is number one
She has a topic that is heart touching
And useful

Everyone knows she's the best and her kindness is unimaginable.

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7The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Is funny but here you get the news you get no where else. Is a shame that we have to watch comedy central to get the news. Our news are picked to benefit the rich. For example, the biggest climate protest in history wasn't mentioned by some news stations and the stations that aired the protest didn't cover much. Hong Kong, is getting more attention than our protest.

One of the most informative and entertaining shows ever - comedy genius with heart!

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8The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Leno is without a doubt the funniest talk show host in america. Jimmy kimmel is a close second

I could say a lot about jay leno. but I will say a few things that I like about him. he is a very friendly man. very kind. will go out of his way to listen to you. and get to know you. Even if he did not know you. I believe he would still be kind and speak. To anyone.

Jay Leno has class and is the best by far!

The Chin. Not Funny.

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9Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

This dude gots way more comedic skillz than all the others.

craig is the future of late night; everyone else gained popularity over time... plus, he's WAY funnier has NO SCRIPT! Ferguson ROX, man!

Charlie Rose and Craig are without a doubt better than David Letterman, Conan, Jay, or Oprah. Who made this foolish list? Foolishness. And who dares put Johnny Carson below number one.

Craig Ferguson should have gotten The Late Show job. He wouldn't have quit late night television had he received the job. So, sadly, we lost this amazing show and the show he could have had. - BKAllmighty

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10The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Not even close! By the way, Letterman's facial expressions are really annoying.

Why is he not number 1? Is it because not many people know him? - Pony

Johnny Carson is the best talk show host ever lived.

He is the King and Always will be!

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The Contenders

11Real Time with Bill Maher

This guy here can do anything?. To make you laugh or listen or? Make you laugh. He is always. Dress nice. And very funny. And always ready to answer anything you wont to talk about? Or do. A good show and great guy.he is one of a (kind the best)

Great show, great host. Keep up the good work Bill.

Always a pleasure to watch Bill in action.

Smart, funny and informed - love this show!

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12The Graham Norton Show

Most talk shows are full of fluff: 10 min. Monologue, 2 min. Introductions and it all seems rehearsed and predictable. "Graham" is full from start to finish with anecdotal conversation and spontaneity one can't experience on any other show of its kind.

The guests are much more relaxed on his show and they interact with each other, making them much funnier than other talk shows.

This show is unique, it always has the best guests and it's so relaxed. Always hilarious and celebs seem to be more down to earth and comfortable. Graham doesn't kiss ass his guest all the time like the US Shows.

Love this show

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13Dr. Phil

Dr phil is the best he saved a lot of peoples life and changed them to the better

Dr Phil is one of the most professional, Talk Show Hosts I've ever seen. He's fair and He helps a lot of people. I respect him and love the way he and his wife work together. It's simply beautiful they way he loves her and so inspiring.

Dr. Phil taught me to stick up for myself and treat people as I am treated. He has changed my life forever and lifted my self esteem.

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He tries to meet all his guests in a respectful way and he is one of very few I can say that about.

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14Inside the Actors Studio

This is a very good show I really enjoyed it.

15Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Late night with jimmy fallon is a really great show!
He's a really funny guy and I watch him all the time
He has a lot of popular celebrity guests on his show every night he is really hilarious and so is his guests and he always plays amazing games with his guests best sense of style

How is this only 13th? I could watch this guy for hours!

Really talented funny guy. Best late night show

Can't believe this is rated #13 because it's such a grate show!?

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16Live with Regis and Kelly

This would not be a show without Regis and Kelly. they can make you laugh together. they can say something or do something to make you stop feeling sad. and get along great.. it goes to show. there are couples out there. (on the show) who can get along very well. And no problems. this is "GREAT"

I miss Regis. I liked his stories about the things that happened to him and his night on the town.

Loved when Regis would share his stories on the show. The first 20 minutes of host chat were the best.

I liked it more when Regis was around, but it's still good. - ShyGuy8

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17Larry King Live

Now there is a lot I could say about larry king. his talk show was great. Not just the show. he was a person anyone enjoyed talking too. He had a personality that anyone would love to talk to him. funny kind." name it" he was. and still is a man every one loved.

18Lopez Tonight

This is a hilarious show and can always make me smile and not only that but the guest on the show are always funny... LOVE THE SHOW!

A very good show and always something to talk about and laught about to.

19Late Show with David Letterman
20Charlie Rose

Really the most interesting for me. Wonderful interviews thanks to C Rose's knowledge, and attitude. I now recommend it to my clients, non-native English speakers, who want more than the usual apps available.

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2. The Colbert Report
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