Genre: Talk show
Starring: Dick Cavett
Years aired: Various times from 1968 until 1995
Number of seasons: 12
Number of episodes: About 200
Where to watch: Shout Factory TV, YouTube
Bottom line: "The Dick Cavett Show" is a treasure trove of interviews with fascinating people such as George Orwell, Janis Joplin, Lucille Ball, Muhammad Ali, Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, Marlon Brando and Bette Davis.
The best thing about it? Guests just simply talk to one another. Sometimes they'll argue a point, but the show is wonderfully devoid of an audience that erupts in applause at everything it agrees with. It's just the guests and host Dick Cavett, whose unassuming persona, wry humor and progressive values moves the show along at a thoughtful pace.
Cavett hosted several talk shows, all titled "The Dick Cavett Show," throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, so there's an era for everyone.