See if you can recognize all these '80s talk show hosts

There were a lot of couches and desks in late night and daytime.

Talk shows exploded in the 1980s. Oprah revolutionized daytime chat shows, which every major network suddenly wanted to keep up with The Tonight Show on NBC. Tabloid talk shows and "trash TV" became a thing. Syndication and cable meant there were far more places to set up a desk and couch.

So, think you can identify the many hosts of 1980s talk shows? We're gathering some of them here. See if you can recognize them all.

Good luck!
  1. Her red spectacles were a signature look.
    Image: Multimedia Entertainment
  2. The audience sitting above the house band was known as "The Dog Pound."
    Image: Paramount Domestic Television
  3. If Oprah was the queen of daytime, he was the king.
    Image: The Everett Collection
  4. His CBS late night show ran for a little over a year, starting in January 1989.
    Image: The Everett Collection
  5. Calvert DeForest played a character called Larry "Bud" Melman who often appeared on this show.
    Image: NBC
  6. From 1986–87, Joan Rivers hosted 'The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers' for this upstart network.
    Image: The Everett Collection
  7. This sitcom star had a punny name for his syndicated talk show. What was it?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  8. This comedy legend's late night talk show ran for a very, very brief time in 1984.
    Image: Metromedia
  9. This series was a pioneer of the tabloid talk show format that led to Jerry Springer and such.
    Image: MCA Television
  10. This comic hosted the syndicated 'Nightlife' from 1986-87.
    Image: The Everett Collection
  11. This former host of 'Real People' got his own talk show in 1989.
    Image: The Everett Collection

See if you can recognize all these '80s talk show hosts

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EllisClevenger 5 months ago
You got 11 out of 11
Alright, let's hear it for the 1980s! WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF!
JeffTanner 26 months ago
''You got 11 out of 11'' -------- Alright, let's hear it for the 1980s! WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF!
ETristanBooth 26 months ago
10/11. Everything was easy except for #6. I don't really care what network she was on, as I never cared for her humor. However, I LOVED Phil Donahue and David Letterman (and later, Craig Ferguson).
LindaWilliams 26 months ago
You got 9 out of 11
Alright, let's hear it for the 1980s! WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF!
MrDbutler69 26 months ago
11/11, and I never even watched any of these except Letterman, and every once in a great while Arsenio Hall.
Barry22 26 months ago
11/11, Jerry Lewis had a talk show?! Don't remember it. Actually was in the audience for a Phil Donahue show filmed down here in SOFL
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