|Meet the Press||Tom Brokaw||NBC||1947||MSNBC, Westwood One, WCSP|
|Face the Nation||Bob Schieffer||CBS||1954||CBS Radio Network, WCSP|
|This Week||George Stephanopoulos||ABC||1981||WCSP|
|Late Edition||Wolf Blitzer||CNN||1993||WCSP|
|Fox News Sunday||Chris Wallace||FOX||1996||Fox News Channel, Fox News Radio, WCSP|
While these are the "Big Five" that are universally included in the definition, there are some other shows that are occasionally included in this category. Examples include NBC's syndicated The Chris Matthews Show, Bloomberg Television's Political Capital with Al Hunt,, the PBS roundtables The McLaughlin Group and Inside Washington, C-SPAN's Newsmakers, Fox News Channel's Journal Editorial Report, and (until Tim Russert's 2008 death) MSNBC's Tim Russert Show, among several others. Univision's Al Punto is a talk show of this variety that is broadcast in the Spanish language.
The talk shows often feature national leaders in politics and public life, including U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, state governors, candidates for President and Vice President, Cabinet secretaries, White House officials, and directors of federal agencies. U.S. military leaders, ambassadors, and religious leaders also appear, as well as promient journalists and commentators. Members of prominent think tanks such as Brookings, AEI, Cato, Hoover, and Heritage often are invited to appear on the Sunday morning talk shows.
The shows are generally aired live or recorded in Washington, D.C., providing easy access to many political leaders. Many individuals manage to appear via satellite or in studio for two or more of the programs. In the twelve years that there have been five talk shows, four times has an individual appeared on all five programs in one week. In 1998, William H. Ginsburg, attorney for Monica Lewinsky's family during the Lewinsky scandal, performed what would be named in his honor as the "Full Ginsburg." Then-Vice Presidential candidate Dick Cheney repeated it in 2000, as did then Senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards in 2004, and in 2007, presidential candidate and Senator Hillary Clinton equaled the feat. More common is an interviewee appearing on different shows in consecutive weeks (for instance, a Presidential candidate may appear on Meet the Press one week, This Week the next, and Fox News Sunday the week after that).
C-SPAN Radio provides a commercial-free rebroadcast of all five shows in rapid succession, beginning at noon Eastern. Other radio stations rebroadcast some of the shows with commercials on Sunday afternoon.
Many local television stations also produce their own programs that air in this time frame, generally focusing on local or state politics rather than national issues.