Notable talk shows that are no longer on the air as of 2015 include, "The Phil Donahue Show," which aired from 1967 to 1996," and "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which aired from 1986 to 2011. Another popular talk show, "Ricki Lake," aired from 1993 to 2004.
"The Phil Donahue Show" is considered a pioneer in the daytime talk show format. Phil Donahue started out as a radio talk show host before beginning his television talk show in 1967. He focused his show on women's issues and controversial topics. The success of "The Phil Donahue" spawned a number of daytime talk shows.
Oprah Winfrey has credited Phil Donahue for having a major influence on her own talk show. Winfrey originally featured controversial guests and tabloid topics on her show. However, by 1994, she pledged to leave these often exploitative topics behind for more substantive ones. Her decision proved highly successful. Although "The Oprah Winfrey Show" ended in 2011, it remains the highest-rated talk show of all time, as of 2015, according to Biography.com.
Actress Ricki Lake was only 24 years old when "The Ricki Lake Show" premiered. Her show was popular with young adults throughout the 1990s, as she focused on issues such as relationships, modern dating, bullying and teenage pregnancy.