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The Dick Cavett Show

Welcome to the Dick Cavett Show Web site.

Dick Cavett hosted "The Dick Cavett Show" on multiple networks for more than 35 years while interviewing a wide range of guests, from authors and politicians to musicians, actors and other creative types. He often featured controversial people and topics which weren't the norm for the variety talk shows that were airing at the time. He won three Emmy Awards for his work and is currently is a contributing blogger to the New York Times.

Through the years, Dick Cavett has interviewed thousands of celebrities, authors, musicians, politicians and other people of note. Among his guests were those we lost in 2012 including great writers such as Gore Vidal, Ray Bradbury, Maurice Sendak, Carlos Fuentes, and Nora Ephron. We also said farewell to musicians who left an indelible mark on the soundtrack of our times—among them Dave Brubeck and Ravi Shankar. We lost great actors such as Jack Klugman, Ben Gazzara, and Celeste Holm, as well as TV personalities Mike Wallace and Phyllis Diller. We said goodbye to Hungarian-American psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz and the distinguished Senator from Hawaii, Daniel Inouye.

Clips from Dick Cavett Show interviews are now available for licensing. Contact our Licensing Manager for information about licensing clips from the Dick Cavett Show.

View a selection of episodes and guests here.

The Dick Cavett Show has been on various television networks over the years:

  • ABC daytime (March 4, 1968–January 24, 1969) (originally titled This Morning)
  • ABC prime time (May 26–September 19, 1969)
  • ABC late night (December 29, 1969–January 1, 1975)
  • CBS prime time (August 16–September 6, 1975)
  • PBS (October 10, 1977–October 8, 1982)
  • USA prime time (September 30, 1985–September 23, 1986)
  • ABC late night (September 23–December 30, 1986)
  • CNBC (April 17, 1989–January 26, 1996)


Talk Show by Dick Cavett

“In his beguiling profiles of celebrities . . . Cavett proves himself a solid writer as well as a talker.”
-- Publishers Weekly

For years, Dick Cavett played host to the nation's most famous personalities on his late-night talk show. In this humorous and evocative book, we get to hear Cavett's best tales, as he recounts great moments with the legendary entertainers who crossed his path and offers his own trenchant commentary on contemporary American culture and politics.

Pull up a chair and listen to Cavett's stories about one-upping Bette Davis, testifying on behalf of John Lennon, confronting Richard Nixon, scheming with John Updike, befriending William F. Buckley, and palling around with Groucho Marx. Sprinkled in are tales of his childhood in Nebraska in the 1940s and 1950s, where he honed his sense of comic timing and his love of magic.

“There’s never been a talk show to equal Dick Cavett’s.  His guest list was miraculous, the conversations dazzling, and it’s a pleasure to relive much of it in this wonderful book.”
--Woody Allen

Available in hardcover or paperback at the New York Times online store.