The BEST Episodes of Late Show with David Letterman

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2020

Network: CBS

“Late Show with David Letterman” is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City and is produced and hosted by David Letterman. The show's music director and bandleader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, is Paul Shaffer. The head writers are brothers Justin Stangel and Eric Stangel. The announcer is Alan Kalter, who replaced Bill Wendell as announcer in 1995. The show airs at night, but is recorded the afternoon of the broadcast.

Show #1531

#1 - Show #1531

Season 8 - Episode 73 - Aired Dec 26, 2000

Calvert comes out with his shiny new scooter; Dave asks Steph/Monty to tape "Jackass" for him; Paul discusses Hanukkah, then admits that he's in a drunken stupor; Dave claims that he's cold, so one of his assistants walks onstage to give him gloves to wear.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Jerry Foley
Writers:
Alec Baldwin, Jay Thomas, Darlene Love

#2 - Alec Baldwin, Jay Thomas, Darlene Love

Season 17 - Episode 65 - Aired Dec 23, 2009

Alec Baldwin gets intimidated by an acting legend. Also: Jay Thomas returns and Darlene Love sings "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).

star 10.00
27 votes
Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Firth

#3 - Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Firth

Season 17 - Episode 234 - Aired Nov 23, 2010

star 10.00
1 votes
Gordon Ramsay, Adam Devine, St. Paul and the Broken Bones

#4 - Gordon Ramsay, Adam Devine, St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Season 22 - Episode 67 - Aired Jan 12, 2015

star 10.00
1 votes
Lena Dunham, Bobby Cannavale, Andy Kim with Kevin Drew

#5 - Lena Dunham, Bobby Cannavale, Andy Kim with Kevin Drew

Season 22 - Episode 98 - Aired Mar 12, 2015

star 9.50
2 votes
The Final Late Show with David Letterman

#6 - The Final Late Show with David Letterman

Season 22 - Episode 138 - Aired May 20, 2015

6,028th broadcast

star 9.47
157 votes
Show #0001 - Bill Murray, Tom Brokaw, Paul Newman, Billy Joel

#7 - Show #0001 - Bill Murray, Tom Brokaw, Paul Newman, Billy Joel

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 30, 1993

Tom Brokaw shows up to take back some NBC "intellectual property;" Dave shows off the renovated Ed Sullivan Theater and chats with Bill Murray.

star 9.25
4 votes
Directors: Hal Gurnee
Writers:
Show #0002

#8 - Show #0002

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 31, 1993

Dave's worst moment on last night's debut: his fake tooth fell out (the video is repeated several times in slow motion); a four-year-old geography expert and cheese lover names states on a U.S. map.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Hal Gurnee
Writers:
Rachel Maddow, Rose Byrne, Gavin Harrison

#9 - Rachel Maddow, Rose Byrne, Gavin Harrison

Season 18 - Episode 115 - Aired Aug 23, 2011

Dave welcomes talk show host Rachel Maddow and actress Rose Byrne also a drum solo by Gavin Harrison.

star 9.00
27 votes
President Barack Obama

#10 - President Barack Obama

Season 19 - Episode 124 - Aired Sep 18, 2012

President Barack Obama discusses the comments made by Mitt Romney in a recently released video. Dave wants to keep the vacant chair vacant . . . . just in case the President wants to speak to it. Dave and the President talked about the Conventions, the deficit, jobs, the divisiveness in politics, beer in the White House, the Romney tape, and the troubles in Libya, Egypt, and the Middle East.

star 9.00
27 votes
Jessica Chastain, Lenny Marcus, Foo Fighters

#11 - Jessica Chastain, Lenny Marcus, Foo Fighters

Season 22 - Episode 29 - Aired Oct 17, 2014

star 9.00
27 votes
Kevin Bacon, Jimmie Walker, Airborne Toxic Event

#12 - Kevin Bacon, Jimmie Walker, Airborne Toxic Event

Season 22 - Episode 99 - Aired Mar 13, 2015

star 9.00
3 votes
Bill O'Reilly, Aubrey Plaza

#13 - Bill O'Reilly, Aubrey Plaza

Season 22 - Episode 104 - Aired Mar 24, 2015

star 9.00
2 votes
Reese Witherspoon, Nathan Lane, Mumford & Sons

#14 - Reese Witherspoon, Nathan Lane, Mumford & Sons

Season 22 - Episode 127 - Aired May 5, 2015

star 9.00
3 votes
Martin Short, Norah Jones

#15 - Martin Short, Norah Jones

Season 22 - Episode 128 - Aired May 6, 2015

star 8.74
34 votes
Louis C.K.; Hugh Evans; John Legend

#16 - Louis C.K.; Hugh Evans; John Legend

Season 20 - Episode 111 - Aired Aug 20, 2013

Comedian and star of "Louie", Louis C.K.; from The Global Citizen Festival, humanitarian Hugh Evans; musical guest John Legend.

star 8.67
3 votes
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Simon Amstell, David Gray

#17 - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Simon Amstell, David Gray

Season 21 - Episode 109 - Aired Jul 31, 2014

star 8.67
3 votes
Meryl Streep, Rebel Wilson, J. Cole

#18 - Meryl Streep, Rebel Wilson, J. Cole

Season 22 - Episode 54 - Aired Dec 10, 2014

Meryl Streep (Into the Woods (2014)); actress Rebel Wilson (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)). Also: J. Cole performs, 'Be Free'.

star 8.67
3 votes
Patricia Arquette, Will Butler

#19 - Patricia Arquette, Will Butler

Season 22 - Episode 96 - Aired Mar 10, 2015

star 8.67
3 votes
Jack Hanna, John Fogerty, John Popper

#20 - Jack Hanna, John Fogerty, John Popper

Season 22 - Episode 123 - Aired Apr 29, 2015

star 8.67
3 votes
Howard Stern, Don Rickles

#21 - Howard Stern, Don Rickles

Season 22 - Episode 131 - Aired May 11, 2015

star 8.61
36 votes
Bill Murray; Eagulls

#22 - Bill Murray; Eagulls

Season 21 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 31, 2014

From "The Monuments Men", actor/comic Bill Murray; musical guests Eagulls.

star 8.50
4 votes
Bill Murray, Martha Stewart, Lady Gaga

#23 - Bill Murray, Martha Stewart, Lady Gaga

Season 21 - Episode 50 - Aired Apr 2, 2014

star 8.50
4 votes
Kelsey Grammer, Stevie Wonder

#24 - Kelsey Grammer, Stevie Wonder

Season 22 - Episode 97 - Aired Mar 11, 2015

star 8.50
2 votes
David Duchovny, Josh Gad, Houndmouth

#25 - David Duchovny, Josh Gad, Houndmouth

Season 22 - Episode 107 - Aired Mar 31, 2015

star 8.50
2 votes