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December 1, 2012 12:00 AM   Subscribe

Where can I watch old talk shows?

I've seen this question but what I really want is to watch them! I'd love to sit through re-runs of Donohue, Ricki Lake, Sally Jesse, from the 80s/90s. Late night talk shows would be great too.

I don't have access to a VHS player and don't want to purchase one! Is there an online streaming option, a place to buy (reasonably priced) DVDs, etc?

I'm not concerned with particularly good quality. Just watchable. Thanks!
posted by manicure12 to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
From a quick search a lot of Springer's compilation videos seem to be available via torrenting.
posted by mannequito at 1:29 AM on December 1, 2012

There's a lot of Dick Cavett on YouTube.

Later with Bob Costas is also on YouTube.

There's also Merv Griffen.

There's also a lot of Dave Lettermen, notably with the brilliant Chris Elliott.
posted by KokuRyu at 5:28 AM on December 1, 2012

There's also quite a few DVDs of the Dick Cavett Show, as well as "greatest moments" DVDs of Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin.
posted by briank at 6:16 AM on December 1, 2012

If watching those old talk shows at somewhere other than your home is acceptable and you live near either LA or NYC, you might try scheduling a visit to the Paley Center. They have a large archive of television programs that you can watch in their Scholars Room by making an appointment and paying a daily fee.
posted by RichardP at 1:27 PM on December 1, 2012

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