The Rachel Maddow Show is, unsurprisingly, a news show on MSNBC hosted by Rachel Maddow, formerly of Air America fame, airing on weekdays at 9PM EST. The show is, like many of its type, a blend of news stories and commentary, in this case with a self-admitted left-wing bias. Unlike her former peer, Keith Olbermann, and many other pundits out there, she is known for her calm demeanor and even-keeled manner, which has earned her a sizable Fandom. She is the first news commentator who is openly gay.
The Rachel Maddow Show has examples of the following tropes:
Achievements in Ignorance: Rachel deliberately avoided taking any advice on how to run her show. She currently averages around 1.1 million viewers nightly, and is rated second in popularity among all cable news networks.
The numbers aren't that impressive- the show that shares her time slot on Fox News gets roughly two to three times the number of viewers every night- unless you consider that she had no TV production experience prior to the show, and had very little experience hosting a live TV show (mostly consisting of guest appearances on Countdown with Keith Olbermann). On top of that, she regularly tops the "professionally" produced shows on CNN and HLN by a wide margin. Her fans dismiss the higher Fox News ratings by saying she's the highest-rated real news show on cable television.
Ascended Extra: A couple of regular guests on her show, Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris-Perry, have gotten their own shows on MSNBC. In fact, Hayes currently hosts the lead-in to Maddow's show, All In with Chris Hayes. As noted elsewhere, Maddow herself was a regular on Keith Olbermann's show.
Pat Buchanan is an Uncle-like version of this to her. Megan McCain and Greta Van Susteren also serve this role.
Elephant in the Living Room: Referenced when the Virginia GOP promulgated a law that would close most of the state's abortion clinics, with a graphic showing the Republican elephant logo and "The Elephant in the Bedroom".
Fox News Liberal: Cited a bill by Senator Olympia Snowe (Republican of Maine) to try to prove conservatives flip-flopped on contraception mandates in Catholic charities. Which doesn't take into account that Olympia Snowe is considered a moderate, and thus it's not particularly odd for her to hold more centrist or left-wing positions than her more conservative counterparts in the Republican Party.
Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Referenced: she's not an alcoholic, but Rachel does have an appreciation for the art of mixing drinks, which she regularly has segments on. (Don't use anything but real lemon juice squeezed from lemons if you know what's good for you!)
"...the right to buy a beer is not enshrined in the constitution (because I haven't founded my own country yet)."
The Knights Who Say Squee: Rachel may be a critically lauded, award-winning television host, but even she descends into squee when she talks about Andrea Mitchell, describing her with phrases like "fantastic" and "incredible".
Lady Looks Like a Dude: With her short hair, traditionally masculine clothes and slim profile, she definitely qualifies.
Lighter and Softer: Compared to her counterparts across the political spectrum, Rachel is (usually) very calm and collected, particularly compared to Cenk Uygur (he was far more vocal in his criticism than she can be). To anyone used to, say, Glenn Beck or Keith Olbermann, her tone will either be refreshing or downright disarming.
The Promise: Rachel made a rule shortly after the 2012 presidential election to never talk about the 2016 election (or at least, to wait until people actually started announcing their candidacies). But then, on October 25th, 2013, she was forced to break this rule when Ted Cruzwent to Iowa.
For those unaware: Iowa is traditionally the first state to hold its presidential primaries, and is almost a required stop for any would-be presidential candidate.
Punny Name: Many of the titles of the segments on her show. A regular example is "Ms. Information," devoted to covering what Maddow describes as "Holy Mackerel stories" in the news. Also, "Rachel: Re".
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Maddow has been the Blue Oni to the hot-blooded personalities who've aired before her, first Keith Olbermann, later Ed Schultz. Lawrence O'Donnell, meanwhile, has become something of a "Purple Oni" between the two of them, having both Schultz's penchant for melodrama and Maddow's keen and calm attention to detail.
Tranquil Fury: Never raises her voice or is less than polite to anyone she is interviewing.
This includes her interview with the sponsor of Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill. This is really impressive when you consider that the person she is interviewing is telling her to her face that he thinks she ought to be put to death.
Rachel (100% Deadpan): It is more than your opinion, it is what has made you internationally famous, and it may be the thing ultimately that results in you being tried for crimes against humanity in some sort of international tribunal. If that happens, sir, I wish you luck in your defense, but I don't expect it to go far.
Freshman Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) decided to lecture twenty-year veteran Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) about the Constitution and gun control. For reference, when Mayor of San Francisco George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were shot and killed in 1978, Dianne Feinstein — then President of the Board of Supervisors, immediately thereafter Acting Mayor — was the one who had to put her fingers in the bullet holes to check for a pulse. Rachel took the opportunity to elucidate exactly why an assault weapons ban is desperately needed, and she was absolutely furious.
Unusual Euphemism: "Schtupping." More specifically, this word, when used on her show, generally has a connotation of "Your relationship with this other person is kind of sketchy and generally deserving of a side-eye and will probably result in a scandal at some point, if it hasn't already, which I will cover with absolute glee and possibly popcorn." See: the John Ensign scandal, the Anthony Wiener scandal, the David Petraeus scandal...
The Villain Knows Where You Live: As noted on the April, 25, 2014 edition of The Rachel Maddow Show, during her 1975 trial for attempting to kill US President Gerald Ford, Manson Family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme threatened the judge, mentioning the piano in the front room of his house. Maddow notes that the judge's security detail was increased after that. The incident was also mentioned in a panel discussion among some of the trial's participants (at about the 50-minute mark).