The world has always held a certain degree of curiosity towards famous men and women who walked this earth. Television talk shows featuring renowned guests lifting the curtains on their life, career, struggles and the like, attract high TRPs – a sign of their popularity. With hosts like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Larry King and many more, the talk shows have managed to capture the fancy of audiences worldwide and kept them hooked to their seats like couch potatoes. Here is a list of 10 most popular talk shows you should watch.
10. Rendezvous with Simi Garewal:
There have been, and still are, several talk shows where Bollywood stalwarts and newcomers have been interviewed but none holds the appeal that ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’ did. With her sophisticated demeanour and questions, Simi added a certain degree of credibility unmatched by any in the Indian television space. Most certainly one of the best and popular talk show to be have been produced in the world.
9. Jimmy Kimmel Live:
‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ is an American late-night talk show that airs on ABC. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, it was first broadcast in January 2003 and went on to become a favourite show of the audiences. It is aired in many other countries around the world like Australia, Canada, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
8. Late Night with Conan O’Brien:
Another American late-night talk show, ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. Comedy performances, celebrity interviews and musical performances are the integral features of this show. Winner of several television awards and honours, this is one of the most talked about talk shows of television history.
7. The Graham Norton Show:
It is a British comedy chat show broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom. Originally aired on BBC Two from February 2007 to May 2009, the show was moved to its current channel from October 2009. Hosted by the riveting Irish comedian Graham Norton, the show boasts of some strong adult humour and the host’s monologue. It is indeed one of the most watched talk shows in the present day.
6. Larry King Live:
Hosted by the legendary Larry King, the show ran from 1985 until 2010. In fact, it was CNN’s longest-running program with over one million viewers for each episode aired. Larry King not only hosted this show within the confines of a studio but also on locations such as the White House, prison cells and home of guests. Such was the show’s popularity that the final episode attracted around 2.24 million viewers.
5. Dr. Phil:
Hosted by Phil McGraw, ‘Dr. Phil’ is a talk show which debuted in September 2002 on CBS. It was the success of McGraw’s section on the ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ that paved the way for his own program. The show is slotted to be renewed unto 2014. Inspite of the criticism from fellow psychologists and critics, the fact that the show has lasted for over a decade proves that there is a section of the audience which follows it rigorously.
4. The Late Show with David Letterman:
The Late Show with David Letterman debuted on American Television Network CBS, on August 30, 1993, prior to which it ran on NBC from 1982 to 1993. It is hosted by David Letterman, who is expected to run this show through 2014 surpassing Johnny Carson’s record of the longest tenured late-night talk show host. One of TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, it is applauded for its exceptional variety, music and comedy.
3. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:
It is an American late-night show hosted by Jay Leno. Aired for the very first time on May 25, 1992, after the retirement of the previous host Johnny Carson of the ‘Tonight Show’ franchise, the show continued up to May 2009. On March 1, 2010, its production was resumed. It is one of the most popular talk shows on American television which is broadcast in several countries around the world including India.
2. The Ellen DeGeneres Show:
It is an American television talk show which debuted on September 8, 2003. It is hosted by popular American stand-up comedian and actress, Ellen DeGeneres. Winner of 32 Daytime Emmy Awards as of 2011, the show embarked on its 10th season which premiered on September 10, 2012. It is a highly-viewed daytime show with an average of about 2.74 million viewers per episode. It has a hilarious tone to it which makes it a refreshing watch.
1. The Oprah Winfrey Show:
The legendary Oprah Winfrey Show debuted in the year 1986 and ran for 25 seasons up until 2011. It was perhaps one of the most influential and popular talk shows in television history. Produced and hosted by Oprah Winfrey, it still remains the highest rated talk show in American television history. The show had won 47 Daytime Emmy Awards till 2000 after which Oprah Winfrey stopped submitting the show for consideration.