Late Show with David Letterman

The BEST episodes of Late Show with David Letterman

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

“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.

Last Updated: 5/9/2022Network: CBS
Share:
Alec Baldwin, Jay Thomas, Darlene Love
star
10.00
27 votes

#1 - Alec Baldwin, Jay Thomas, Darlene Love

Season 17 - Episode 65 - Aired 12/23/2009

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

Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Firth
star
10.00
1 votes

#2 - Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Firth

Season 17 - Episode 234 - Aired 11/23/2010

The Final Late Show with David Letterman
star
9.80
108 votes

#3 - The Final Late Show with David Letterman

Season 22 - Episode 138 - Aired 5/20/2015

6,028th broadcast

Show #0001 - Bill Murray, Tom Brokaw, Paul Newman, Billy Joel
star
9.25
4 votes

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

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/30/1993

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

Directors: Hal Gurnee
Show #0002
star
9.00
1 votes

#5 - Show #0002

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/31/1993

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.

Directors: Hal Gurnee
Watch Now:Amazon
Rachel Maddow, Rose Byrne, Gavin Harrison
star
9.00
27 votes

#6 - Rachel Maddow, Rose Byrne, Gavin Harrison

Season 18 - Episode 115 - Aired 8/23/2011

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

President Barack Obama
star
9.00
27 votes

#7 - President Barack Obama

Season 19 - Episode 124 - Aired 9/18/2012

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.

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

#8 - Jessica Chastain, Lenny Marcus, Foo Fighters

Season 22 - Episode 29 - Aired 10/17/2014

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

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

Season 22 - Episode 99 - Aired 3/13/2015

Bill O'Reilly, Aubrey Plaza
star
9.00
2 votes

#10 - Bill O'Reilly, Aubrey Plaza

Season 22 - Episode 104 - Aired 3/24/2015

Martin Short, Norah Jones
star
9.00
27 votes

#11 - Martin Short, Norah Jones

Season 22 - Episode 128 - Aired 5/6/2015

Howard Stern, Don Rickles
star
9.00
27 votes

#12 - Howard Stern, Don Rickles

Season 22 - Episode 131 - Aired 5/11/2015

Louis C.K.; Hugh Evans; John Legend
star
8.67
3 votes

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

Season 20 - Episode 111 - Aired 8/20/2013

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

Kelsey Grammer, Stevie Wonder
star
8.50
2 votes

#14 - Kelsey Grammer, Stevie Wonder

Season 22 - Episode 97 - Aired 3/11/2015

Sen. Al Franken, Billy Eichner, David Sanborn
star
8.50
2 votes

#15 - Sen. Al Franken, Billy Eichner, David Sanborn

Season 22 - Episode 108 - Aired 4/1/2015

Julia Roberts, Paul Shaffer, Ryan Adams
star
8.50
54 votes

#16 - Julia Roberts, Paul Shaffer, Ryan Adams

Season 22 - Episode 133 - Aired 5/13/2015

Al Pacino, George Clooney, Tom Waits
star
8.50
54 votes

#17 - Al Pacino, George Clooney, Tom Waits

Season 22 - Episode 134 - Aired 5/14/2015

Shailene Woodley, Dr. Cornel West, Matthew E. White
star
8.33
3 votes

#18 - Shailene Woodley, Dr. Cornel West, Matthew E. White

Season 22 - Episode 100 - Aired 3/16/2015

Scarlett Johansson, John Mellencamp, Todd Rundgren
star
8.33
3 votes

#19 - Scarlett Johansson, John Mellencamp, Todd Rundgren

Season 22 - Episode 121 - Aired 4/27/2015

Tom Hanks, Eddie Vedder
star
8.30
81 votes

#20 - Tom Hanks, Eddie Vedder

Season 22 - Episode 136 - Aired 5/18/2015

Norm MacDonald, Theo James
star
8.25
4 votes

#21 - Norm MacDonald, Theo James

Season 22 - Episode 102 - Aired 3/18/2015

Luke Wilson, Julie Chen, Lee Brice
star
8.10
27 votes

#22 - Luke Wilson, Julie Chen, Lee Brice

Season 22 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/2/2014

Tina Fey
star
8.00
27 votes

#23 - Tina Fey

Season 17 - Episode 220 - Aired 11/3/2010

Donald Rumsfeld, Cobie Smulders
star
8.00
27 votes

#24 - Donald Rumsfeld, Cobie Smulders

Season 18 - Episode 31 - Aired 2/21/2011

Norm Macdonald, CC Sabathia, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones and Wynton Marsalis
star
8.00
1 votes

#25 - Norm Macdonald, CC Sabathia, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones and Wynton Marsalis

Season 18 - Episode 48 - Aired 3/30/2011