The BEST Episodes of Late Show with David Letterman

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 14, 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.

Luke Wilson, Julie Chen, Lee Brice

#1 - Luke Wilson, Julie Chen, Lee Brice

Season 22 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 2, 2014

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

#2 - 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

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

Season 22 - Episode 98 - Aired Mar 12, 2015

star 9.50
2 votes
Show #0001 - Bill Murray, Tom Brokaw, Paul Newman, Billy Joel

#4 - 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

#5 - 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:
Meryl Streep, Rebel Wilson, J. Cole

#6 - 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

#7 - Patricia Arquette, Will Butler

Season 22 - Episode 96 - Aired Mar 10, 2015

star 8.67
3 votes
Howard Stern, Don Rickles

#8 - Howard Stern, Don Rickles

Season 22 - Episode 131 - Aired May 11, 2015

star 8.61
36 votes
Bill Murray; Eagulls

#9 - 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

#10 - Bill Murray, Martha Stewart, Lady Gaga

Season 21 - Episode 50 - Aired Apr 2, 2014

star 8.50
4 votes
Kelsey Grammer, Stevie Wonder

#11 - Kelsey Grammer, Stevie Wonder

Season 22 - Episode 97 - Aired Mar 11, 2015

star 8.50
2 votes
David Duchovny, Josh Gad, Houndmouth

#12 - David Duchovny, Josh Gad, Houndmouth

Season 22 - Episode 107 - Aired Mar 31, 2015

star 8.50
2 votes
Tom Hanks, Eddie Vedder

#13 - Tom Hanks, Eddie Vedder

Season 22 - Episode 136 - Aired May 18, 2015

star 8.30
81 votes
Oprah Winfrey, Norm Macdonald

#14 - Oprah Winfrey, Norm Macdonald

Season 22 - Episode 135 - Aired May 15, 2015

star 8.02
58 votes
Simon Baker, Elizabeth Banks, Seal

#15 - Simon Baker, Elizabeth Banks, Seal

Season 19 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 16, 2012

star 8.00
27 votes
Bill Murray, The Temper Trap

#16 - Bill Murray, The Temper Trap

Season 19 - Episode 83 - Aired Jun 7, 2012

Dave welcomes actor Bill Murray and musical guests The Temper Trap. Top Ten Other Superhero Revelations. Will there be a "Ghostbusters 3"? Bill Murray tells Dave what it will take to make that happen. How tough is the crowd at the Cannes Film Festival? Bill Murray explains. Bill Murray tells of his "Hollywood fight" with Chevy Chase. Plus: how things have changed at SNL. Following the likes of Tupac, Marilyn Monroe, Sinatra and Elvis, Bill Murray introduces his very own hologram.

star 8.00
27 votes
Louis C.K., Amy Sedaris, a performance from the Broadway cast of Rocky

#17 - Louis C.K., Amy Sedaris, a performance from the Broadway cast of Rocky

Season 21 - Episode 63 - Aired May 1, 2014

Louis C.K.; Amy Sedaris. Also: a performance from Broadway's "Rocky".

star 8.00
4 votes
Kristen Wiig, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, The New Pornographers

#18 - Kristen Wiig, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, The New Pornographers

Season 22 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 3, 2014

star 8.00
27 votes
Jack Hanna, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

#19 - Jack Hanna, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Season 22 - Episode 77 - Aired Feb 2, 2015

star 8.00
2 votes
Julianna Margulies, Eric Ripert, Glass Animals

#20 - Julianna Margulies, Eric Ripert, Glass Animals

Season 22 - Episode 94 - Aired Feb 25, 2015

star 8.00
1 votes
Kelly Ripa, Aasif Mandvi, Fat White Family

#21 - Kelly Ripa, Aasif Mandvi, Fat White Family

Season 22 - Episode 109 - Aired Apr 2, 2015

star 8.00
2 votes
Piedmont Bird Callers, Paul Rudd

#22 - Piedmont Bird Callers, Paul Rudd

Season 22 - Episode 117 - Aired Apr 21, 2015

star 8.00
3 votes
Steve Martin, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Amos Lee, Ralph Stanley, Mark O'Connor

#23 - Steve Martin, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Amos Lee, Ralph Stanley, Mark O'Connor

Season 22 - Episode 125 - Aired May 1, 2015

star 8.00
3 votes
Ray Romano, Brian Regan, Dave Matthews Band

#24 - Ray Romano, Brian Regan, Dave Matthews Band

Season 22 - Episode 130 - Aired May 8, 2015

star 8.00
56 votes
Bill Murray, Bob Dylan

#25 - Bill Murray, Bob Dylan

Season 22 - Episode 137 - Aired May 19, 2015

star 7.95
21 votes