The Oprah Winfrey Show

1986–2011 American syndicated talk show / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Oprah Winfrey Show, often referred to as The Oprah Show or simply Oprah, is an American daytime syndicated talk show that aired nationally for 25 seasons from September 8, 1986, to May 25, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. Produced and hosted by Oprah Winfrey, it remains the highest-rated daytime talk show in American television history.[2]

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The Oprah Winfrey Show
GenreTalk show
Infotainment
Created byOprah Winfrey
Directed byJoseph C. Terry
Creative directorReed Woodworth
Presented byOprah Winfrey
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons25
No. of episodes4,561[1]
Production
Production locationsHarpo Studios
Chicago, Illinois
Camera setupMultiple
Running time40–45 minutes
Production companiesWLS-TV Chicago
(1986–1988)
(seasons 1–3)
Harpo Productions
(1988–2010)
(seasons 3–24)
Harpo Studios
(2010–2011)
(season 25)
DistributorKing World
(1986–2007)
(seasons 1–22)
CBS Television Distribution
(2007–2011)
(seasons 22–25)
Release
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseSeptember 8, 1986 (1986-09-08) 
May 25, 2011 (2011-05-25)
Chronology
RelatedOprah's Lifeclass
Super Soul Sunday
Oprah's Next Chapter
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
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The show was highly influential to many young stars, and many of its themes have penetrated into the American pop-cultural consciousness. Winfrey used the show as an educational platform, featuring book clubs, interviews, self-improvement segments, and philanthropic forays into world events.[3] The show did not attempt to profit off the products it endorses; it had no licensing agreement with retailers when products were promoted, nor did the show make any money from endorsing books for its book club.[4]

Oprah was one of the longest-running daytime television talk shows in history. The show received 47 Daytime Emmy Awards before Winfrey chose to stop submitting it for consideration in 2000.[5] In 2002, TV Guide ranked it at No. 49 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.[6] In 2013, they ranked it as the 19th greatest TV show of all time.[7]

In November 2009, Winfrey announced that the show would conclude in 2011 following its 25th and final season. The series finale aired on May 25, 2011.