Television’s Best and Worst Talk Shows


Television’s Best and Worst Talk Shows

In 1961, The Joe Franklin Show taped its inaugural episode in a gloomy New York City basement. The show was one of the first (and longest-running) talk shows in the United States, airing until 1993. Despite the fact that it never received national syndication, the show has become a cultural institution.

For decades, talk shows like Joe Franklin’s have delighted audiences with everything from news and political commentary to gossip and tabloid fodder. There are late-night talk shows with amusing opening monologues, morning shows with ridiculous stunts, cable news shows with heated political arguments, and daytime talk shows with dramatic family dramas, to name a few examples of styles and formats.

Stacker would like to pay tribute to the greatest—and worst—talk shows in history. We compiled the list by analyzing IMDb data and ranked shows based on their popularity. English-language programs produced in the United States are included; shows produced prior to 1990 required a minimum of 250 votes, but shows produced after 1990 required a minimum of 2,500 votes.

Continue reading to view the rankings, which start with the lowest-rated programs and work their way up to the highest-rated programs.

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‘A Little Late with Lilly Singh’ is a film directed by Lilly Singh.

User rating on IMDb: 1.5

(2019–present) years on the air

With the start of A Little Late with Lilly Singh in 2019, former YouTuber Lilly Singh became the first Indian and South Asian woman to lead a late-night chat show. Her show, which replaced Carson Daly’s Last Call, covers everything from relationships and sexuality (Singh is bisexual) to race while avoiding politics entirely. The show initially received good ratings, but it has since been chastised for being culturally inappropriate and making culturally insensitive jokes.

‘The 700 Club’ is a fictional club that exists in the United States.

User rating on IMDb: 2.0

(1966–present) years on the air

Airing on the Christian Broadcasting Network every weekday for nearly 40 years, the conservative religious talk show is one of the longest-running television programs in history. It stars evangelical host Pat Robertson, a former Southern Baptist minister and 1988 presidential. This is a condensed version of the information.


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