The Most Iconic (and Cringeworthy) Moments in Talk Show History

Where were you when Drew Barrymore flashed David Letterman on national television? What about when Tom Cruise jumped up and down on Oprah's couch and proclaimed his love for Katie Holmes? The list of iconic moments in talk show history goes on—and we've compiled them all for you in one place.

Arnold Schwarzenegger announces his run for governor

These days, Arnold Schwarzenegger is just as much a politician as he is a major movie star—but people were blown away when the Terminator actor announced his run for the governor of California on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


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The More You Know

  • The moon landing tapes have all been lost
  • Voice actor Mel Blanc did virtually all of the voices in the animated series Looney Tunes.
  • One of the most influential TV series of all time, Star Trek broke several boundaries, including showing the first interracial kiss on television—between Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura—in the 1968 episode "Plato's Stepchildren."
  • Cheers: Ted Danson actually went to two weeks of bartending school to prepare for his role as Sam.
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