The Talk Show ("Chat Show" in the UK) genre encompasses a number of different formats, but all talk shows share certain characteristics:

* Talk shows are (almost) exclusively {{nonfiction}}. (''SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' and ''Series/FernwoodTonight'' are thus spoofs of the entire genre.)
* Talk shows feature a guest or guests who are invited on a per-episode basis to discuss topics with permanent hosts.
* All talk shows are ephemeral in that they are created, shown, and then discarded or shelved. Except in rare circumstances, reruns are not shown.

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'''Talk Show Formats'''

Most talk shows follow one of a number of standard formats:

#'''Morning News Talk Show:''' Light news, commentary, and fluff pieces. Examples: ''TheTodayShow'', ''GoodMorningAmerica''.
#'''News Talk Show:''' Pundits arguing. ''MeetThePress'' is the [[LongRunners longest-running]] example, as well as the longest running talk show, and the longest running TV show ''period''. (''GuidingLight'' has 15+ more years than ''MeetThePress'' on radio, but one less on TV.)
#'''Pundit Show:''' A News Talk Show with only one host. Generally self-aggrandizing, highly politicized and full of vitriol. Often supported with a companion series on AM {{radio}} (if the radio show isn't the main draw in the first place) and a blog. The radio ones usually Phone-In Shows, as well. Examples: ''The O'Reilly Factor'', ''[[RushLimbaugh The Rush Limbaugh Show]]'', ''Hardball'' (with Chris Matthews), ''Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'', ''Big Idea with Donny Deutsche'', ''Series/TheColbertReport'' (parody).
#'''Daytime Talk Show:''' These shows typically feature celebrities and/or ordinary people who showcase [[PointAndLaughShow scandal or dysfunctionality]]. Examples: ''JerrySpringer'' (scandal), ''Live With Regis & Some Girl'' (celebrities), ''TheOprahWinfreyShow'' (either or both). Pioneered by PhilDonahue. ''Dr. Phil'' fits here, with the twist that he attempts to use psychology to help the dysfunctional people. ''Series/LooseWomen'' is a British daytime variety presented by a panel of rather opinionated professional women drawn from all areas of celebrity: journalists (Janet Street-Porter), singers (Jayne [=McDonald=], Colleen Nolan), actresses (Denise Welch) etc.
#'''Late Night Talk Show:''' Current events, comedy, and celebrity guests, such as ''TheTonightShow'', ''LateNight'', ''TheLateShow'', ''TheLateLateShow'', etc. Often a limited form of the VarietyShow, typically featuring a musical act -- which is usually used to cut to commercial, and rarely shown in its entirety. In the 70s, such shows as ''Dinah Shore'' and ''The Mike Douglas Show'' aired afternoons, a trend that saw a slight resurgence in the mid 90s.
#'''Phone-In Talk Show:''' Most common in radio, this type of show has the host(s) engaging in conversation with listeners who call in by telephone. A lot of these double as/are linked to Pundit Shows: besides Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity, and [[GlennBeck Beck]], all have phone-in radio shows, as did RachelMaddow before she [[SoundToScreenAdaptation hopped to TV]]. Other than those, {{NPR}} puts forward a number of phone-in shows that double as News Talk (''Talk of the Nation'' and ''The Diane Rehm Show'' being the ones syndicated nationwide); they also do ''Radio/CarTalk''. Commercial radio has a plethora of these, as well; the one that sticks in a lot of people's memories, however, is ''CoastToCoastAM'', a talk show about the paranormal that generally airs in the wee hours of the morning.
#'''Spoof Talk Show:''' Does what it says on the tin. Examples: ''SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', ''KnowingMeKnowingYou'', ''ManToManWithDeanLearner'', ''Series/FernwoodTonight''.
#'''Sports Talk Show:''' Very similar to the News Talk Show, except that it's all about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sports]]. One famous example is ''SportsDesk''.
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!!Notable TalkShow Hosts
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* Creator/SteveAllen
* BretBaier
* GlennBeck
* JoyBehar
* WilliamBennett
* WolfBlitzer
* NealBoortz
* WilliamFBuckley
* HermanCain
* TuckerCarlson
* JohnnyCarson
* DickCavett
* NeilCavuto
* Creator/StephenColbert
* Creator/AndersonCooper
* MonicaCrowley
* CarsonDaly
* EllenDeGeneres
* LouDobbs
* PhilDonahue
* MikeDouglas
* JimmyFallon
* Creator/CraigFerguson
* Creator/AlFranken (Now a U.S. Senator)
* DavidFrost, who we get another look at in ''Frost/Nixon''.
* JohnGibson
* NancyGrace
* MervGriffin
* GregGutfeld
* ArsenioHall
* BritHume
* SeanHannity
* ThomHartmann
* HughHewitt
* LauraIngraham
* AlexJones
* JennyJones, infamous for the time one of her guests murdered another after appearing on her program.
* JimmyKimmel
* LarryKing
* RickiLake
* CooperLawrence
* JayLeno
* DavidLetterman
* Radio/MarkLevin
* RushLimbaugh
* [[Series/TheRachelMaddowShow Rachel Maddow]]
* [[RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]]
* MikeMalloy
* ChrisMatthews
* DrPhilMcGraw
* RoveMcManus (recently finished)
* MichaelMedved
* [[Radio/TheStephanieMillerShow Stephanie Miller]]
* GrahamNorton
* Creator/ConanOBrien
* RosieODonnell, whose show re-vitalized the daytime talk/variety format in the mid 90s.
* KeithOlbermann
* [[OpieAndAnthony Opie & Anthony]]
* BillOReilly
* KeithParkinson
* MichaelParkinson, long time host of ''{{Parkinson}}'' and - to rightpondians, at least - the ''god'' of this format.
* JackParr, who famously walked off the set of ''TheTonightShow'' in 1960, in the middle of a broadcast.
* RegisPhilbin
* MauryPovich
* DennisPrager
* SallyJesseRaphael, whose glasses are every bit as famous (if not more so) as she herself.
* RandiRhodes
* JonathanRoss
* MichaelSavage
* JoeScarborough
* DrLauraSchlessinger
* DinahShore
* EdSchultz
* TomSnyder
* JerrySpringer
* HowardStern
* Creator/JonStewart
* GretaVanSusteren
* OprahWinfrey
* Chelsea Handler
* KathyGriffin

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