The BEST Episodes of Late Show with David Letterman
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020
“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.
#1 - Luke Wilson, Julie Chen, Lee Brice
Season 22 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 2, 2014
#2 - Gordon Ramsay, Adam Devine, St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Season 22 - Episode 67 - Aired Jan 12, 2015
#3 - Lena Dunham, Bobby Cannavale, Andy Kim with Kevin Drew
Season 22 - Episode 98 - Aired Mar 12, 2015
#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.
#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.
#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'.
#7 - Patricia Arquette, Will Butler
Season 22 - Episode 96 - Aired Mar 10, 2015
#8 - Howard Stern, Don Rickles
Season 22 - Episode 131 - Aired May 11, 2015
#9 - Bill Murray; Eagulls
Season 21 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 31, 2014
From "The Monuments Men", actor/comic Bill Murray; musical guests Eagulls.
#10 - Bill Murray, Martha Stewart, Lady Gaga
Season 21 - Episode 50 - Aired Apr 2, 2014
#11 - Kelsey Grammer, Stevie Wonder
Season 22 - Episode 97 - Aired Mar 11, 2015
#12 - David Duchovny, Josh Gad, Houndmouth
Season 22 - Episode 107 - Aired Mar 31, 2015
#13 - Tom Hanks, Eddie Vedder
Season 22 - Episode 136 - Aired May 18, 2015
#14 - Oprah Winfrey, Norm Macdonald
Season 22 - Episode 135 - Aired May 15, 2015
#15 - Simon Baker, Elizabeth Banks, Seal
Season 19 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 16, 2012
#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.
#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".