''The Oprah Winfrey Show'' (1986--2011), which (along with its host) was often called simply ''Oprah'', was one of the most (if not the most) popular and influential daytime talk shows in the history of television, to the point where [[TropeCodifier most people probably think about Oprah when they think of a daytime talk show]]. It's also the longest-running and highest-rated show in that genre. Basically, just about everybody in the United States and no small number of people elsewhere know who Oprah is.

This show turned Oprah into a merchandising juggernaut. Whenever she sticks her Book Club sticker on a piece of literature, rest assured that the book in question will [[ColbertBump shoot to the top of the bestseller list]] (though this has caused her some controversy before). She's turned Series/DoctorPhil, [[Series/TheDoctorOzShow Dr. Oz]], Creator/RachaelRay, and Nate Berkus into successful talk show hosts in their own right. Finally, she's had some episodes over the years that have become iconic TV moments, including Creator/TomCruise's couch-jumping, the "Weight Wagon" show (where she wheeled out a wagon of fat to demonstrate the weight she had lost), and the infamous episode where everybody in the audience received a new car.

However, there's been some controversy where Oprah is concerned. When Mad Cow Disease fears were at their peak in the '90s, she said that the fears stopped her from eating meat, which caused the beef industry to sue her for defamation. As a result, her show moved to Texas for a month so she could continue filming during the trial. Another such incident was the Book Club endorsement of books that were ''extremely'' dubious, like James Frey's supposedly-autobiographical ''A Million Little Pieces'': when it turned out that [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie Frey had made it all up]], she had him on and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome tore]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech him]] [[JustForPun to pieces]].

It may be SnarkBait, it may be a {{Guilty Pleasure|s}}, it may be SoBadItsGood, but Oprah is not going anywhere. Though she ended her talk show on May 25, 2011 she has launched the '''O'''[[FunWithAcronyms prah]] '''W'''[[FunWithAcronyms infrey]] '''N'''[[FunWithAcronyms etwork]]. The takeover has only just begun.

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* BleachedUnderpants: ''Oprah'' was much more of a PointAndLaughShow in its early years (much like ''Donahue'', its direct inspiration), but the decision was made to go "upmarket" shortly after a glut of new point-and-laugh shows emerged in [[TheNineties the mid-nineties]], such as ''Series/TheJerrySpringerShow'' and ''Ricki Lake'', and began to threaten her ratings dominance. It worked; she would survive all of those rivals except for ''Springer'' and ''Maury Povich.''
* CallBack: Oprah once surprised an ''Series/AmericanIdol'' finalist with Music/StevieWonder appearing behind him, so naturally at her farewell concert Jamie Foxx surprised Oprah with Stevie Wonder appearing behind her.
* ConspicuousConsumption: Not often (which is surprising because Oprah is one of the richest people in America) but she had a three day weekend event to honor famous African-American women throughout history (such as Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, etc.), in which each of the women had their own waiter and all of them were given a diamond as a party favor.
* TheEponymousShow
* FishOutOfWater: Oprah's camping trip in Yosemite National Park.
* FunWithAcronyms: You can decide for yourself what symbolism is brought by her network being OWN.
* GrandFinale: The final three episodes. The first two were surprises for her held in the United Center in Chicago, filled with an AllStarCast of guests bidding her farewell. The final episode was simply Oprah on stage, thanking her fans and her staff.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Oprah's boyfriend Steadman, who never ''ever'' gives interviews (not even on her own show), surprised Oprah by speaking on camera several times, including the farewell concert.
** ''The Argyle Sweater'' included Steadman in a collection of famous [[TheBeard beards]] (that's silly, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint he only has a moustache]]).
* LongLostRelative: Oprah's mother had had a child out of wedlock and gave the child to foster care. Years later, she realized that Oprah's mom was her mom, but didn't want to contact Oprah because she was afraid no one would believe her. Turns out she [[UncannyFamilyResemblance looks like]] and has the same name as Oprah's other sister Patricia, who died about 10 years ago.
* MasterApprenticeChain: Phil Donahue -> Oprah -> The "School of Oprah"
* ProductPlacement: The reason for guests and the "Favorite Things" episodes
* ReunionShow:
** The Farewell Season has a lot of these, including a reunion with all of her former competitors (Ricki Lake, Donahue, etc.)
** Iyanla [=VanZant=], whom she had a massive falling-out with after she became the subject of Oprah's first SpinOff (yes, even before Dr. Phil).
* SdrawkcabName: Oprah's production company is called Harpo, Inc.
** Harpo is also the name of a character in ''Literature/TheColorPurple'', which was Oprah's film debut.
** The name being reminiscent of a certain [[Creator/MarxBrothers Marx brother]] was probably an accident.
* SheCleansUpNicely[=/=]UnlimitedWardrobe: Oprah's brave enough to appear without makeup and shows just how amazing her makeup artist is, not to mention the makeover specials. As for her wardrobe, the room-sized closet in her office is filled with dresses and cashmere sweaters [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience arranged in chromatic order]] and shelves of [[NiceShoes Louboutin heels]].
-->''There've been times when I've told my makeup people "my face is still in Cleveland, can you get it to Chicago by 9?"''
* {{Spinoff}}: Dr. Phil (advice), Dr. Oz (health), Nate Barkus (interior design), Rachel Ray (cooking)...
** Dr. Oz calls the group graduates of the "School of Oprah".
* TalkShow
* TenMinuteRetirement: Oprah has another show which premiered on January 1, 2012 called ''Oprah's Next Chapter'', which is essentially the same as her show but she goes to the people rather than them coming to her studio.
* TelevisionTieInMagazines: The TV work spawned the ''O Magazine'', Oprah's vehicle for proclaiming the message that a strong woman who believes in herself can do anything she sets her mind to. This has a healthy international circulation; British readers are appreciative of the message concerning strong empowered women who believe in themselves. But [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ValuesDissonance/Other they point to the paradox that there is heavy advertising for prescription drugs of a sort which would positively not be allowed anywhere outside the USA]]. It has been noted that Oprah's message of empowerment clearly involves a chemical component, to use as a fall-back for when self-reliance and self-belief fail. If in doubt ask your doctor.
* TheUnfairSex: In one episode, Oprah brought on a sexuality expert to discuss infidelity. When the expert suggested that women cheat in relationships just as often as men, she received disbelieving catcalls from the normally well-behaved audience. She shot back by asking them who they think the cheating men are sleeping with; is there just [[ReallyGetsAround one single woman]] they all share?
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: The website. "Stem cell research" in the media usually refers to research involving any kind of stem cell when talking about advancements, but is typically short for embryonic stem cell research when talking about controversies ([[CaptainObvious since it is the controversial kind]]). Unfortunately, in the description for one episode, the website uses it both ways in the same article. In the episode, Michael J. Fox and Oprah spoke in favor of embryonic stem cell research into Parkinson's disease, then Dr. Oz completely [[http://www.oprah.com/health/Dr-Oz-on-the-Medical-Benefits-of-Stem-Cells-Video disagreed]], calling the stem cell debate "dead" in favor of (a description of what is clearly, though he doesn't call it by name) induced pluripotent stem cells rather than embryonic stem cells, while showing the general process on a brain. Oprah's website [[http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/Dr-Oz-and-Michael-J-Fox_1 summarized]] this as "Using a brain, Dr. Oz illustrates how stem cells may help cure chronic illnesses", but in the more thorough description said, "Thanks to recent scientific discoveries, Dr. Oz says stem cells aren't the only solution." Apparently the alternative solution to "stem cells" is induced pluripotent ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin stem cells]]''.