Late Show with David Letterman

The WORST episodes of Late Show with David Letterman

Every episode of Late Show with David Letterman ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Late Show with David Letterman!

“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: 8/14/2022Network: CBS
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Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/1/1993

A very pregnant Demi Moore is given the honor of throwing the first pencil through the backdrop windows of the Late Show.

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/2/1993

The ghost of Ed Sullivan (who haunts Dave throughout the first week) introduces a plate spinner; Andy Dick makes his first appearance as "Donnie, the CBS Page Who Likes To Suck Up."

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/3/1993

Dave has fun with a car phone, calling in bogus traffic reports to 1010 WINS radio; Casey Kasem presents "Top Ten Favorite Numbers Between 1 and 10;" after showing a clip from an old "Wonder Woman" episode, Debra Winger strips to her old Wonder Girl outfit.

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/6/1993

Dave continues pestering locals with the new hands-free car phone: WINS radio, a car wash, Dial-a-Mattress and Jackson Hole Restaurant, where he orders pancakes.

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/7/1993

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/8/1993

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/9/1993

Dave takes a cab to help out at Yankee Stadium and later makes fun of Tony Randall; Lenny Kravitz performs "Are You Gonna Go My Way."

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/10/1993

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 9/13/1993

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Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 9/14/1993

The Mars Observer crashes into the studio; Mike Ditka promotes "NFL on NBC;" John Hiatt performs "Perfectly Good Guitar."

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 9/15/1993

Jerry Garcia sits in with the band; Dave makes several jokes at the expense of Yassir Arafat.

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 9/16/1993

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 9/17/1993

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 9/20/1993

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 9/21/1993

David Sanborn sits in with the band; Dave does part of the show from his "house" in Connecticut.

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 9/22/1993

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 9/23/1993

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 9/24/1993

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 9/27/1993

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 9/28/1993

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 9/29/1993

Ed Sullivan's ghost introduces juggler "Andy Head;" Paul & the CBSO play Jerry Lewis out with the coda from Count Basie's "April In Paris" (a Lewis signature tune); Dave gives Jerry his take on "Beavis and Butt-head," then Jerry runs around the set and gooses a cameraman; budding sports reporter Sparky Mortimer makes his first appearance; Rod Stewart performs.

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired 9/30/1993

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired 10/1/1993

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired 10/4/1993

Dave's high-rise buddy Meg Parsont (at a different building) makes her first and only appearance on CBS -- giving a description of her boyfriend Tony to a police sketch artist.

Directors: Hal Gurnee
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Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired 10/5/1993

Johnny Cash sings "Don't Take Your Guns to Town."

Directors: Hal Gurnee

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